Roger O. Topliffe
Feb 22, 1930 – June 7, 2016
Roger O. Topliffe, 86, passed away peacefully under hospice care at Bedford Falls, Bedford, after a period of declining health.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Scarsdale, NY, son of John and Gladys (Wethey) Topliffe. He received a BSME from the University of Vermont in 1952, where he also met his wife and life partner Nancy Neal. He and Nancy were longtime residents of Amherst, moving to their winterized summer home on Lake Sunapee after retirement, and later to Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, FL. He is pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Nancy Neal Topliffe, and his one brother, Jack Topliffe.
Roger was a creative and imaginative mechanical engineer throughout his life, starting out developing gyroscopes, and working on projects as diverse as the NASA Lunar Excursion Module landing gear, and military vehicle suspension systems. After retirement, he was instrumental in developing the mechanism for a medication dispensing machine of which he was particularly proud. He also served as a Commissioner of the Amherst Village District for many years beginning in 1969.
He was a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, which always kept him busy at home. He had the ability to understand how almost anything worked and could repair anything. He often re-engineered the item under repair for improvements. Boating was also a life-long passion.
Roger is survived by two daughters, Diane Leigh of White River Junction VT, Susan Neal of Durham; one son, Douglas Topliffe of Mont Vernon; six grandchildren, Andrew Topliffe, Neal Topliffe, Brian Enos, Coretta Enos, Frank Ducharme, and Megan Neal; and one great-granddaughter, August Enos.
His remains will be interned beside his wife at Meadowview Cemetery in Amherst at a graveside service June 25 at 10AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the 1st United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda. 507 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 or Lake Sunapee Protection Association, 63 Main St., P.O. Box 683, Sunapee, NH 03782.