Godfrey M. Callender, 88, died Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, after a period of declining health. Born in Clifton Forge, VA, he was the son of the late Dorothy A. Taylor and Melvin G. Callender. He was raised in Clifton Forge and moved to Boston in 1948 and settled in the Rutland Square section of the South End. He attended Boston English High School, before graduating from Boston Trade School. In March of 1952, he entered the US Air Force and proudly served until his retirement in 1972 after over 20 years of Honorable Service. In 1958, he married Ora L. Green, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in the South End, and together they raised 4 beloved children and enjoyed over 62 years of marriage. In 1974, they moved their family to Stoughton. After his retirement from the Air Force, he began working as a Dye Maker for Polaroid in Waltham and retired several years ago, after 22 years of loyal employment. He was a longtime devoted member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church and served in several volunteer positions; on the Finance Committee, the Trustee Board, the Laymens Ministry, and as a member of the Men's Choir. He was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and for many years attended Spring Training in Florida. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his loving family.
He is survived by his wife Ora L. (Green) Callender of Stoughton, Myron B. Callender and his wife Barbara of Springfield, Arniece L. Callender-Boudreaux of Stoughton, Stacey L. Alleyne and her husband Herb of Easton and Terence K. Callender of Stoughton. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one grandchild.
Due to Covid restrictions, Private Family Services will be held with Burial with Military Honors at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. Donations in Godfrey's memory may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church P.O box 191200, Boston MA 02119 or to the Operation Smile, 3645 Faculty Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.