Welcome to the memorial page for

Earl S. Opdyke, III

November 17, 1943 ~ November 14, 2017 (age 73)

Earl S. Opdyke, III, age 73, of Marshfield, formerly of Norwell for over 45 years and Hanover, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Nov. 14, 2017. Beloved husband of Sharon E. (Slattery) and loving father of Geoffrey S. Opdyke and wife Lyssa S. of Norwell, Jason A. Opdyke and wife Karina L. of Silver Spring, MD, Amanda Del Rio (Opdyke) and husband Mauricio of Chapel Hill, NC.  Brother of Lynne, Penelope, and Steve. Adoring Grampa of Graham, Brendan, Cameron, Emelia, and Claire.


Mr. Opdyke was a graduate of Hanover High School and Washington and Jefferson College. He served as 1st Lieutenant in the US Army, 1st Infantry during Vietnam, earning multiple decorations and distinctions for his service. During Earl’s 45 year residence in Norwell, he proudly served on the Zoning Board of Appeals with many terms as chairman, as well as being a Cub Scout Leader and a little league baseball coach. Earl was an avid fisherman, boater, gardener, and a lover of history.


Friends and family are invited to celebrate Earl during visiting hours on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 from 2-5 pm in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 30 Central St. (off Rt. 123, near State Police Barracks), Norwell Center. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 1 pm in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 11 Church Street, Hanover, MA. 02339. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Earl may be made to the Norwell VNA & Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA. 02061 or to the Fisher Veterans House of Boston, PO Box 230, So. Walpole, MA. 02071.

 Service Information

November 19, 2017

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
30 Central Street, P.O. Box 327
Norwell, MA 02061

Memorial Service
November 20, 2017

1:00 PM
St. Andrews Episcopal
17 Church Street
Hanover, MA 02339

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