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Herbert G. Futter

A Celebration of Herbert Futter’s life will be held at a later date, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Herbert’s memory to your favorite charity

Herbert G. Futter, 91, passed away on May 20, 2014. He was born in Berlin, Germany. During the war, he lived, worked and went to school in England and Wales. He pursued his University of London degree at Cardiff University. There he met the love of his life and future wife, Connie, over a shared book in Math class. In the spring of 1947, Herbert came to the United States to begin working with his father at Kellogg Brush Manufacturing Company in Westfield, MA. Later that year, Connie arrived from Cardiff to marry Herbert in New York City. They moved to Westfield and began their new life together in the United States.

In the mid-1950s, Herbert was joined by his brother, Marc, at Kellogg Brush. When their father died in the late 1950s, the two ultimately became co-owners and directors of Kellogg Brush with Herbert handling the manufacturing and financial sides of the business and Marc handling sales and marketing.

When Herbert joined Kellogg Brush in 1947, there was no mechanization; household brushes were made by hand. Herbert brought his ingenuity and engineering abilities to the company. He was responsible for the creation of the semi-automatic twister, the automatic twister, the automatic weld and trim wire machines. He applied the induction heater to brushmaking and introduced the injection molding machines. He was active in business organizations and was known as the “Dean of the Brushmaking business” in the industry. His foresight brought the modern age to brushmaking.

With his usual eye to the future, Herbert spearheaded the company’s expansion in the mid-1960s by moving Kellogg Brush to Easthampton, MA. Meanwhile, Herbert and Connie, with their two children, John and Ann, moved to Whately in 1964. Always on the forefront of innovation, Herbert brought computer technology - the NCR 500 - to Kellogg Brush in the “magnetic stripe ledger card” era of the late 1960s with the expertise of Connie and later, son John, who ran the computer operations. In addition to his many brushmaking industry activities, for many years Herbert was on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Easthampton, and later its successor organization. Herbert was active in business life for over forty years until his retirement in 1990.

Herbert was always a dedicated family man and enjoyed a full and happy life with Connie and their children, and later with their grandchildren, extended family and friends. Though they enjoyed traveling, they loved staying home. Herbert babied his lawn as Connie gardened and they both drove tractors, baled hay, and kept farm animals and dogs for many years. Herbert continued his inventive nature at home by continuously creating new and improved ways of doing things. For forty years he swam at the Northampton YMCA, typically arriving before the 5:30 opening time. He swam five days a week until his late 80s, then four days a week.

He was predeceased by his wife, Connie, his brother, Marc, and his parents. He will be greatly missed by his son and daughter, John and Ann, his daughter-in-law Shelley, his grandchildren Andrew and Catherine, as well as his three nieces, Andrea, Claudia and Melissa and his nephew, Stuart.

Herbert was a wonderful father, husband, uncle and grandfather. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him. Many thanks to his doctors, especially Dr. Peter Weitzman and Dr. Norman Perr, for their kindnesses to Herbert over the years and their successful efforts in helping him live an active and vital life until the day he passed away.

A Celebration of Herbert Futter’s life will be held at a later date, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Herbert’s memory to your favorite charity