Ipswich — Mr. Nicholas W. Rench, 72, of Estero, Fla., and Ipswich, formerly of Topsfield, beloved husband of Mary K. (Brenizer) Rench, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, at his home at the Ipswich Country Club.
Born in Portland, Ind., he was the son of the late Rexall W. and C. Esther (Allison) Rench. He was raised and educated in Indiana, graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He earned a Master's degree in Materials Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed the Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering.
Mr. Rench began his professional career with the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratories near Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1963 until 1967. He then moved on to GTE Electrical Products in Towanda, Pa., and Danvers where he had a long and successful career as an executive. His career with GTE spanned over almost three decades until the time of his retirement in 1994 with his last role being Director of Information Technology. Upon his retirement he became the founder and president of Career Transition Network, focused in the consulting business with his primary client being Sheilds Meneley Partners of Chicago. Previously he had consulted with The Center for Executive Options, a part of Drake Beam Morin (DBM).
A resident of the Town of Topsfield for over 22 years, Nick was a longtime active member of The Congregational Church of Topsfield. He held numerous positions in the church including Moderator, President of the Board of Trustees, Chair of Christian Education, Chair of two Senior Pastor Search Committees and Chair of Strategic Planning. His dedicated relationship with the church lasted over 37 years. In addition, he was an active member of the community, chairing the committee that defined and gained subsequent town approval to install the first computer system for the Town of Topsfield. Mr. Rench dedicated his life to improving the lives of others through his good works.