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Francis R. Willard

August 21, 1942 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Francis Willard Obituary

Francis R. Willard, 81, of Acushnet, MA, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2024, after a brief battle with metastatic lung cancer at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA.  He was born on Friday, August 21, 1942, in upstate New York, and was predeceased by his father, Kenneth Willard, along with two brothers Robert and Wayne Willard.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Nancy (Chace) Willard, of Acushnet and three daughters, Tracy Duarte and her husband Joseph of East Freetown, Kristin MacPherson of Somerset and Lisa Casanova and her husband Paul of Killingworth, CT, 7 grandchildren, Isabelle, Emma, Michaela, Ashley, George, Peter & Jonathan.  He also leaves behind stepdaughters, Christine Richard and her husband Eric of East Freetown, Wendy Gregory and her husband Frank of East Freetown and stepson Allen Russell and his wife Melanie of East Freetown along with 4 step grandchildren, Michael, Robert, Devyn and Dakota and 3 step great grandchildren, Analeigh, Payton and Layla.

Frank proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army for 6 years as a tank commander and then worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier for over 30 years until his retirement.  He was a member of the American Legion for many years until his passing.  Frank enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, fishing trips to upstate New York, riding in his truck listening to the Irish Tenors, collecting lighthouses, spending time in his yard enjoying his gladiolas and watching hummingbirds with his Boston Terriers, Bama, and Emma.

Visting hours for Frank will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 5:00 -7:00PM at Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 280 Bedford St, Lakeville, MA, with a prayer service immediately following visitation at 7:00PM.  Frank will be laid to rest at private graveside service at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For those who may not be able to attend the prayer service in person, you’re invited to join virtually using the ZOOM link below.

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Time: Jan 11, 2024 06:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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January 11, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)
280 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347

Prayer Service
January 11, 2024

7:00 PM
Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)
280 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856


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