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    2013-06-11 Worcester Fire Lt. Francis X. Ford Retired

    Francis X. Ford, 90


    WORCESTER - Francis X. Ford, 90, formerly of 114 Quinapoxet Lane, Worcester, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
    His wife of 40 years, Joan (Collins) Ford, died in 1993.
    His best friend of many recent years, Marian Schollard, died earlier this year.
    He leaves four children: Deborah A. Ford M.D. and her husband Alfred Chicoine of Paxton, with whom he lived; Brian Ford and his wife Raquel of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Robert Ford of Marshfield; and Maryann Ford of New York City.
    He also leaves three grandchildren: Randi Ford Booth, Brian Ford and Meghan Ford; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    His son, James E. Ford, died in 2007. His sister Margaret M. Ford died in 2003. His sister Norine C. Reynolds died June 3.
    Francis was born in Worcester, son of James E. and Catherine A. (Fitzgerald) Ford. He lived most of his life in Worcester. He attended Commerce High School and became a plumber's apprentice.
    In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was a naval gunner's mate in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. He served aboard a large landing craft during the invasions of several Japanese controlled islands. His ship was preparing to invade Tokyo when the war ended in 1945. He received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with Four Stars.
    After the war, Francis worked in the Worcester Fire Department. He was assigned to several fire stations during his 35-year career. He was appointed, finishing his full-time career as a Lieutenant in the Fire Department at the Webster Square Fire Station, Ladder 4, in 1983.
    For a brief time, he served in the Worcester Police Department. He also worked for many years with the Central Mass. Chapter of the American Red Cross.
    He was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and the Greendale Retired Men's Club. He was an enthusiastic Boston Red Sox fan.
    The Ford family wishes to express its gratitude to the physicians and staff at St. Vincent Hospital, especially nursing stations 21 and 24, and the VNA caregivers at the Rose Monahan Hospice residence.
    Calling hours are Friday, June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Saturday, June 15 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester 01605, or to the VNA Care Network, 120 Thomas St., Worcester 01608.
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    Francis X. Ford US Navy

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