Feb. 18, 2007
MARSHFIELD Albert "Al" Prentiss Wickham, 76, of Marshfield, died Sunday after a short illness.
He was born in Norwalk to the late William Preston Wickham and Corinne Florence Prentiss Wickham. He was an only child but part of a tight knit group of cousins and relatives who enjoyed summers on the shore of Lake Erie, where he developed his fascination with boats and loved to hunt and fish.
He attended Kenyon College in Gambier where he received his bachelor of arts in physics. As a freshman there he met the love of his life, Miriam Titus. They were married in 1952. He served in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, and earned his BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. He later received his MSE in Engineering Management from Northeaster University's School of Engineering Technology. Al and Miriam moved to Marshfield in order for him to take a position as a naval architect for Bethlehem Steel, which later became General Dynamics, Quincy Shipbuilding Division, where he became Chief of Project Engineering. He later worked as a consultant for M. Rosenblatt and Son. In the 1980's he and Miriam founded Wickham Books. For 15 years they operated an out-of-print bookstore in Duxbury, Mass., traveled to book fairs and helped customers find long lost beloved books.
He was active in community and church activities, including with the Marshfield Conservation Commission, the Cedar Hill Conference Center, and many volunteer activities at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Duxbury, where he was a member for 35 years. He was an active member of the Duxbury Senior Mens' Group. He instilled in his family the joy of travel and enjoyed trips with them in the US as well as Japan, Spain, Bermuda, Jamaica, Scotland and Belize.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam Wickham; sons and daughters-in-law, William P. and Mary (Shaughnessy) Wickham of Florida, Jeffrey C. and Carries (Kuempel) Wickham of Wellesley; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann P. and Justin Marble of Action and Jennifer M. and Philip Decter of Jamaica Plain; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 10 a the First Parish Church, 842 Tremont St. (Rte. 3A) in Duxbury. The service will be followed by a reception.
Memorial gifts may be sent to First Parish Church, P.O. Box 1764, Duxbury, Mass., 02331.