Joseph I. England was born in Worcester, MA on
June 20, 1912, to Earl Gay and Arona Edythe (Quilliam) England. He attended Worcester schools and graduated from Worcester Boy's Trade High School. Irving furthered his education at Fitchburg State College's Industrial Arts Program, and went on to work as an engineer for American Steel & Wire, in Worcester, and Simonds Machine Co. in Southbridge. He also taught at Cole Trade High School in Southbridge for a time.
Brookfield Machine, Inc. was founded by Irving in 1948. Located at the end of Central St. in West Brookfield, the company designed and manufactured precision tools. Irving, a licensed mechanical engineer continued to manage this company until a short time before his death on
April 15, 1988.
The photo below, courtesy of William Jankins, was most likely taken in Boston, in 1986 when Mr. England received a Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award for his involvement in the restoration of the Rice Memorial Fountain located on the town common in West Brookfield.
|Sen. Edward Kennedy and J. Irving England|