Obits: Car Crash Death, Archery Champion, Dog Breeder and World Record Holder
We list area obituaries.
He was a decorated veteran of the United States Navy serving in WWII in the European, African and Middle Eastern campaigns. Mr. Floyd went on to work as a foreman for the former Data General for many years and was a long time member of the Siloam Masonic Lodge in Westboro.
Shrewsbury — Mary V. (Robbins) Smith, a longtime local resident died peacefully on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Autumn Village, Worcester, where she has made her home for the past several years. She was 94 years old.
Along with her husband, Mary enjoyed archery for many years, and was a New England Champion in 1958.
She is survived by 21 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Northborough — Richard Parker Hight, Sr., of Northborough, MA and Cape Rosier, ME, died Thursday, January17, 2013 in Worcester at the UMASS Medical School Hospital as the result of complications from an illness.
Dr. Hight was a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University. He lectured and taught at various colleges and universities including Tufts College, Boston University, WPI and Clark University. He served the Town of Northborough as Chair of the Earth Removal Board for many years.
Cathy has lovingly cared for her daughter Sarabeth since her birth as a stay at home mother. She was a member of Saint Anne’ Parish in Shrewsbury.
Mrs. Jones devoted her life to her family. She was always in attendance for family activities and sporting events. Lois had an open-door policy for everyone at any time and her home was the gathering place of family reunions for many years.
Westborough — Roselyn C. “Sis” O’Neil, 94, of Westborough, died peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Westborough with loved ones and devoted staff by her side.
She was educated in Westborough schools and was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She was also a graduate of the South Middlesex Secretarial School in Framingham.
Virginia was employed as a secretary for the Marlborough Public School system, working at Mitchell, Kane and the Middle School until her retirement in 1984. She was a long time member of the Colonial Garden Club of Marlborough of which she proudly served as president from 1977-1979.
Suzanne began her working career as a lab technician for the blood bank in the Worcester area during the war years. After the early years of raising her children, she returned to work at varied positions in the greater Marlborough area until settling into a long tenure with the city of Marlborough.
Pauline was born in Barton, Vermont, the youngest of fourteen children to the late Emile and Aldea (Menard) Leroux. She was educated in Vermont, before moving to Massachusetts.
During WW II she served with the U. S. Navy attaining the rank of Specialist First Class.
Mr. Ward worked for the former General Motors in Framingham for 38 years as a product foreman, scheduling supervisor and quality control supervisor until his retirement in 1985.
He was a firefighter for the city of Waltham, retiring in 1977. Mr. Bryant enjoyed landscaping and gardening. Arthur proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Diane was a dog lover and spent much of her time breeding and raising Highland White Terriers. She entered her dogs in many dog shows, winning many "best of breed" awards and winning many match shows including the New York Specialty Show.
Wheeler graduated from Hudson High School in 1948. Her memberships include: a lifelong member of First Parish Church of Berlin, Berlin Grange and Berlin Worcester County Extension Group.
Following his graduation from Hudson High School in 1943, he enlisted in the US Army serving as a Medic. He retired in 1991, after 42 years of employment at the former General Motors Plant in Framingham, where he had been the supervisor of the paint department.
As an eighteen year old freshman at Boston College, he broke the world’s record in the 45 yard high hurdles. In the Coast Guard, he was put in charge of constructing the then top secret LORAN radio towers along both coasts of the United States. He was overseas in the Philippine Islands when WWII ended in 1945.