Dean Webster

Dean Kingman Webster

Thursday, May 16th, 1929 - Saturday, August 24th, 2019
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Dean K. Webster, formerly of Andover, MA, died on August 24, 2019. Dean was born in 1929, the son of D. Kingman and Mina (Muirhead) Webster. He was graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover in 1947 and William College, Williamstown, MA in 1951. Having spent summers in the U.S. Marine Corps Officers Training Program in Quantico, VA, he served in Korea from 1951-1953 as an officer.

Upon returning to the States, Dean joined the H.K. Webster Co., a family business, located on West Street in Lawrence, MA. With his cousin, R. Kingman Webster, the two ran the family business, renamed Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., and expanded throughout the northeast with their satellite mill program.

Dean became President of Blue Seal Feeds in 1968 as the company celebrated its 100th anniversary. That same year he married Eliza T. Mason of Richmond, VA and they settled in Andover, MA, where they were blessed by the births of their two daughters.

Dean’s years in the Greater Lawrence area were marked by his outstanding service to the community. He served as President of the Greater Lawrence YMCA, Chairman and later President of the Merrimack Valley United Fund, President of the New England Feed and Grain Council, President of the American Feed Manufacturers Association and received their distinguished service award in 1984 for his leadership and service to agriculture and for innovations in the feed manufacturing industry and farming.

Upon his retirement from the company in 1994, Dean received the Ralph B. Wilkinson Award from the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding community service and honorary membership in the New England Feed & Grain Council.

With Dean’s commitment to the animal feed industry, he also donated his time and resources to the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, which eventually culminated in the building of the Webster Family Library. Dean was also a generous supporter of Phillips Academy, the former St. Mary’s High School in Lawrence, MA, as well as the Central Catholic High School and Presentation of Mary Academy located in Lawrence and Methuen, MA respectively.

Dean was delighted to be blessed with 7 grandsons. After his retirement, Dean and Eliza moved to Maine where Dean enjoyed family visits, playing golf, his bridge group, reading and travel.

Dean is survived by his wife Eliza, his daughter Ann and her husband Tom Mead of Nokesville, VA, his daughter Lee and her husband David Barone of Lexington, MA and grandsons Joshua, Daniel, Andrew and Peter Mead, Andre Amazeen, Dean and Alex Barone, and nieces and nephew.

A private Graveside Service with military honors will be held on the morning of Thursday, August 29th, followed by a public Memorial Service at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, in Kennebunk, Maine at 2:00 p.m. on the same date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name are encouraged to: Lawrence YMCA, 40 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA 01840.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Dean‘s Book of Memories Page at

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 2:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel-Kennebunk
    67 Summer Street
    KENNEBUNK, ME 04043
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    Reverend Andrew D'Angio White
  • Interment

    Arundel Cemetery
    65 Walkers Lane
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    Burial will be private.


Donations are being accepted for: Lawrence YMCA.


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Emma Browne

Posted at 11:21pm
Dear beloved Webster family,
My heart is broken upon hearing of the passing of your beloved, husband, father, grandfather & uncle.
My prayers are with you all during this very sad time.
I will cherish the memories I made with your family in Maine and Arizona while caring for your grandmother, Mina.
My love to all of you,
Emma Browne

George W. Cunningham

Posted at 06:43pm
I had many luncheons with Dean talking about his many years involved with the YMCA. He was a wonderful spokesperson for the YMCA and truly believed in the YMCA's mission and purpose. When he spoke fondly of the YMCA he always referred to it as the Lawrence YMCA and he felt it was one of the cornerstones of hope in the City of Lawrence. I regret I did not find more time to talk with Dean. He was a true gentleman. My sincerely condolences to Eliza and the Webster family.

George W. Cunningham
Former President and CEO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA.

John and Cynthia Littler

Posted at 03:57pm
In memory of dean and king who I worked for for 16 years as a dairy salesman
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Peter Chapman

Posted at 07:10am
My sincere condolences to Eliza and your family. Dean was a wonderful person and a true gentleman with a propensity to tell bad jokes and make them funny. I enjoyed the many many years we did business together, as well the many years he was my partner on the golf course. He was a pleasure to be with and I will always remember him in the fondest way for his sense of humor, his integrity and leadership.

Clinton Holmes

Posted at 09:10pm
I worked at the Richford, VT Blue Seal plant for he entire time that Dean was president of the company. We couldn't have had a better leader.


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