Obituary, Gerard P. “Jerry” Welch, 86

Gerard P. “Jerry” Welch, 86, of Natick, passed away on June 8, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Turner) Welch and the late Reba (Himmelberger) Welch.

Born in Newton, son of the late Daniel and Mary F. (Herlihy) Welch, Jerry was raised there and attended the Newton schools and Our Lady Help of Christians school. After graduating from Newton High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy and valiantly served during WWII aboard the USS Franklin in the Asiatic-Pacific region. He was awarded the Silver Star on August 8, 1945 for gallantry and intrepidity while serving in the central Pacific waters. Upon being honorably discharged from naval service in 1945, Jerry returned to the Boston area and began his career with the United States Postal Service serving in Boston and Framingham until his retirement. After retiring from the USPS, Jerry then went to work for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority as a toll collector. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Natick and the Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by his son, Gerard P. Welch, Jr. and his wife Donna of Reading, PA; his step-children, Elizabeth Songer of Bethlehem, PA, William Songer of San Diego, CA, and Teresa Songer of Atascadero, CA; his grandsons, Daniel, Shaun, and Joseph; 4 great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Mary McMillen of Newton, Alice Patterson of Roundtop, NY, Rita Sheehy of Newton, and Joan Sheehy of Newton. He was the brother of the late Daniel Welch.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jerry’s funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. (at Natick Common) Natick on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:00 AM to be followed by his Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, Natick at 10:00 AM. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 3-6 PM.

For directions and online guestbook please visit http://www.everettfuneral.com

Great Articles Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the USS Franklin bombing.

Navy History and Heritage Command, H-042-1: The Ship That Wouldn’t Die—USS Franklin (CV-13), 19 March 1945.

https://www.history.navy.mil/about-us/leadership/director/directors-corner/h-grams/h-gram-043/h-043-1.html

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Doc George Fox Family

https://www.jsonline.com/picture-gallery/news/2020/03/19/george-fox-earned-navy-star-after-attack-uss-franklin/2864981001/

https://www.jsonline.com/videos/news/2020/03/19/george-fox-died-saving-sailors-lives-during-world-war-2/2866388001/

Penn Live Patriot News

https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/03/big-ben-bombed-battered-bruised-and-bent-the-75th-anniversary-of-the-bombing-of-the-uss-franklin.html

Obituary, Robert P. Grimm

Robert P. Grimm
May 5, 1925 – March 27, 2020
Robert P. Grimm, passed away peacefully in his home on March 27th.
He was born May 5, 1925 to Wendel and Julia Grimm. He is survived by his loving wife of seventy one years, Kathleen Grimm; son Richard Grimm, daughter Susan Welsh and her husband Michael, and daughter Kathy Grimm-Signorelli and her finance Michael Hausman; six cherished grandchildren, Bryan Welsh, Kathryn Welsh-Kohl, and husband Zachary, Kevin Welsh, Lauren Signorelli-Ocasio, Nicholas Signorelli, and Michael Signorelli; great grandson Jacen Ocasio and soon to be new addition of baby Kohl.
Robert served in the Marine Corps, from July 1943 to October 1945 aboard the USS Franklin CV-13 aircraft carrier. His ship was awarded four battle stars for the Pacific Theatre and one star on the Philippine Ribbon. The ship’s final action was against the Japanese at the Islands of Kyushu and Honshu where the ship was hit with two 500 pound bombs resulting in 832 shipmates losing their lives and the ship barely making it back to port.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

March 2020 Pensacola Reunion Postponed

Hello again Franklin Family,

After much more consideration, and in light of recent developments, we must inform you that we have decided to postpone the reunion next week in Pensacola. We definitely plan to reschedule it there sometime this summer or fall. But we have to wait to see what happens before we can make any definite plans. Please be sure to cancel your hotel rooms and other travel plans. The Pensacola Grand Hotel phone number is 850-433-3336.  At this point we have made financial commitments and paid out money for deposits and pins & keychains. So we would like to hold on to the registration fees for the new dates. If this does not work for you please let us know. We are very sorry for the late notice. We really wanted to pull this off on the anniversary date but unfortunately it is just not possible. We hope everyone will be able to attend on the new dates. Again please contact April at aprilhomko@gmail.com or 815-685-9298 with any questions. Please stay healthy and safe.

Obituary, David Wilkinson Leonard

David Wilkinson Leonard, 93, of Mocksville, died on Feb. 16, 2020 after a lengthy battle with dementia.

He was born July 30, 1926 in Forsyth County, a son of the late Stahle Hartman Leonard and Edna Wilkinson Leonard of Rowan County.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Edna Rae Sidwell.

He served his country in the US Navy during World War II on board the carrier USS Ben Franklin CV13 and was on board March 19, 1945, when the attack on his ship claimed more than 700 lives. After his service, he attended Pfeiffer College and later retired from Bell South Telephone after 34 years in cable repair.

Survivors: his son and daughter-in-law, David and Uka Leonard of Mocksville; his brother, Stahle H. Leonard and nephew Richard Leonard of Albemarle; grandson, Justin Kyle Leonard; and 2 great-granddaughters, Kahli and Marley Leonard.

Visitation was 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Davie Funeral Service. A graveside service was held at Salisbury National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, with his brother, Stahle H. Leonard officiating.

Condolences: http://www.daviefuneralservice.com.

Obituary, Martin Roy

Mr. Martin Roy, 105, of Manchester, formerly of Suncook, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Villa Crest Nursing Home in Manchester.

Born on Nov. 11, 1914, in Armagh, Canada, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Adelia (Boutin) Roy.

Martin moved to New Hampshire when he was 12 and attended local schools. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy until 1945. He was the former owner of Roy’s Grocery on Main Street in Suncook during the 1960s, worked in the textile mills in Manchester for 33 years and later as a thoroughbred horse racer for 13 years before his retirement. He also enjoyed gardening and held a part-time job during his retirement at a local bank, which he enjoyed.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Louise (Boutin) Roy as well as his 10 siblings.

He is survived by his children, Paul Roy and his wife Diane of Manchester and Cecile Fitts of Weare; grandsons, Henry Fitts, Jr. and Pattie of N.J., Richard Fitts of Weare and Michael Fitts and his wife Tracey of Weare; great-grandchildren, Virginia, Jacob, Madeline, Lucas, Amanda and Michael Pinizzotto, great-great-granddaughter, Abigail as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Crest for the wonderful care that was given to Martin while he was there.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Petit-Roan Funeral Home, 167 Main Street, Pembroke. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Allenstown. Interment with military honors will be held in the spring at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Martin’s memory to Villa Crest Nursing Home, 1276 Hanover St. Manchester, NH 03104.

Obituary, Walter J. DeVoss Sr.

DeVoss, Walter J. Sr. COLONIE Walter J. DeVoss Sr., 94, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020, after a brief illness. Born in Burlington, Vt., he was the son of the late Philip and Cora (Gokey) DeVoss. Walter served in the United States Navy and was a proud World War II veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre. He often told stories of his experiences on the USS Santa Fe, a CL 60 Light Cruiser, where he and several others rescued fellow sailors off the USS Franklin after it was bombed. He worked over 25 years as a tractor trailer driver for Iroquois Millwork, retiring in 1987. Walter was a long-time member of the Zaloga Post #1520, where he spent time enjoying the activities and friendships that he developed there. He was also a past member and volunteer at the Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post #6776 for many years. Walter and his wife Jayne lived in Leesburg, Fla. for 10 years during their retirement where they enjoyed their home, golf and many good times with friends and neighbors. Walter was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Jayne M. (DiBella) DeVoss; his son Walter “Buddy” DeVoss; and his siblings, Pearl Dumas, Fern Westervelt, Margaret Hatin, Marion Spaulding and Phillip DeVoss. He is survived by his cherished daughter, Patricia (Michael) Panucci of Halfmoon. Grandfather of Jason (Beth) Panucci and Christopher Panucci, Tiffany and Nicholas DeVoss, and Jennifer (Robert) Samson. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Beth Lee, Peter and Doug of Community Hospice for their amazing kindness and loving care of Walter. Relatives and friends are invited to visit the family on Wednesday, February 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany. Funeral services for Walter will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at the conclusion of the visitation in the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Walter’s name to the Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY, 12208. Online condolences may be offered to the family at danielkeenandfuneralhome.com.