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FRAMINGHAM – Edward Andrew Uftring, Jr., 82, a longtime resident of Framingham and formerly Franklin, died Sunday, December 27, 2020, after a brief illness.

Born in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late Edward & Emma (Diehl) Uftring, he was raised and educated in Dorchester and Braintree where he was a 1956 graduate of Braintree High School.

In 1964 Ed married the love of his life, Barbara J. (Payne), and together they settled in Franklin and started their family. All the while, Ed was attending night school at Northeastern, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering.

By 1967 he began his lengthy career with Raytheon.

Ed was the Past Exalted Ruler of the Franklin Lodge of Elks, #2136. He enjoyed square dancing with the Fairs ’n Squares in Framingham, and was particularly active with the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Framingham, where he enjoyed singing in the choir.

After retiring from Raytheon, Ed volunteered in the Framingham Public Schools as an aid at both the Brophy and Farley Schools.

Besides his wife of 56 years Barbara, Ed is survived by his children, John E. & his wife Natasha of Hillsborough, NC, Jill A. Guthrie & her husband Darrin of Snow Camp, NC, and Michael D. & his wife Alisa of Philadelphia, PA, his grandchildren, Thomas and Diane Guthrie, and Lucy and Larsen Uftring, his siblings, Millie Seeger of CA, and Dorothy Mirabella of FL, his brother-in-law David Payne of PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Considering the current health restrictions, Ed’s family will honor and remember his life privately.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the American Heart Assoc., 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451, or to the Music Program at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist Framingham, 24 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Arrangements by the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home of Framingham.

For online tributes or to share a memory with Ed’s family, kindly visit

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