Longtime East Longmeadow resident Dean W. Safford, 100, died peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Life Care Center of Wilbraham. Born in Lempster, NH to the late John and Ruth (Gee) Safford, he served his country honorably in the Army, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. After the war he apprenticed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and retired as a General Foreman.
Dean was a skilled woodworker. He built furniture and cabinets but he was truly a fun-living kid at heart and most of all he enjoyed building go-carts and little cars, including a scaled-down Stutz Bearcat powered by a lawnmower engine which he registered and drove on the roads around town. Later he and Merle retired to Cape Cod, where he started a thriving business in wood country crafts.
Dean was predeceased by his beloved wife Merle (Woodard) Safford, his daughter Deana (Bean) Wilson, and son-in-laws Chester Kowal and Mark Mercier. He is survived by his two daughters; Ronna Kowal of Port Orchard, WA and Melanie Mercier and her partner Richard Lewenczuk of Ledyard, CT, his grandchildren, David Bean and his wife Josie of Shelton, WA, Dana Bean and his wife Judi of Myrtle Beach, SC, Matthew Bean and his wife Heather, of Hampden MA, Richelle Mercier and her fiancé Bill Barnes of Daytona Beach, FL and Kristina Mercier and her partner Bill Griswold of Monson, MA. Also surviving are his great grandchildren Kyle and Cassidy Bean, Aidan and Dylan Bean, Mira Mercier and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Dean’s Graveside Service will be held at a later date in Baptist Village Cemetery, East Longmeadow. Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham is in charge of the arrangements.
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