Obituaries were published on Sunday, Jan. 18 for: Robert J. "Bob" Horton Sr., 67, of Attleboro; Christopher W. Bixby, 37, of Norfolk; Raymond "Red" H. Duclos Sr., 87, of North Attleboro; and Louise Rachel Marie (Gracie) Friedland, 90, of North Attleboro.
Robert J. "Bob" Horton Sr., 67
ATTLEBORO - Robert J. "Bob" Horton Sr., 67, of Knott Street, Attleboro, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed peacefully after a lengthy illness surrounded by his beloved family on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at the New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. He was the beloved husband of 47 years to Shirley R. (Corriveau) Horton.
Born in Pawtucket on Oct. 18, 1941, Bob was a son of the late Clinton C. and Rita E. (Farrell) Horton. He was raised and educated in Pawtucket.
Mr. Horton was employed as a heavy equipment operator for over 30 years for Devergnes Construction Company. Described by his colleagues as the "best operator in the area," Bob assisted in the construction of hundreds of homes in Attleboro and the Attleboro area.
A communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Attleboro, Bob enjoyed fishing and was an active volunteer at LaSalette Shrine. Characterized as a man with a gentle heart, Bob loved animals and enjoyed spending time with his family and in later years enjoyed the company of his beloved grandchildren.
In addition to his beloved wife Shirley, Bob is survived by three sons: Robert J. Horton Jr. of Lexington, N.C., David J. Horton of Attleboro and Dan G. Horton and his wife Renee of N.H.; three sisters: Judy Horton of Tennessee, and Rosemary Guindon and Shirley Rowe, both of Rhode Island; 10 loving grandchildren: Adam, Brittany and Heather Horton, Anissa and Amanda Horton, Miranda, Issac, Gabrielle, Naomi and Matthew Horton; two godchildren: Kerry Corriveau and Rita Ann Viera; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was the beloved father of the late Michael J. Horton.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, 20 Peck St., Attleboro.
A funeral will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. from the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 North Main St., Attleboro celebrated by the Rev. Richard Roy, pastor.
Private cremation services to follow, and Mr. Horton will be laid to rest at a later date in Notre Dame Cemetery in Pawtucket.
In lieu of flowers and for those wishing to remember Bob in a special way and in appreciation to the care extended to him during his illness, donations in his memory may be made to: New England Sinai Foundation, PO Box 837, Stoughton, MA 02072-0837.
An online guest book for condolences and additional information may be found at: http://www.duffy-poule.com">www.duffy-poule.com.
Christopher W. Bixby, 37
NORFOLK - Christopher W. Bixby, 37, of Norfolk and a former Franklin resident, died Wednesday Jan. 14. in Norfolk. He was the beloved husband of Michelle L. (DeLuca) Bixby.
Born in Natick, Jan. 6, 1972 a son of Patricia A. (Flynn) Bixby of Norfolk and the late H. "Wayne" Bixby, he had been a resident of Norfolk for many years.
He was raised and educated in Norfolk and Franklin schools and was a 1990 graduate of Tri-County Regional Vocational-Technical High School in Franklin.
Mr. Bixby was the president and owner of B&B Seamless Gutters, where he worked along with his brother installing gutters and downspouts on many area homes and businesses.
A devoted and loving husband, he enjoyed spending all of his time with his wife and children, his friends and enjoyed all sports.
He was a tee-ball coach and soccer coach for the town of Norfolk and also had been a supporter of numerous leagues and charities in the town of Norfolk.
Chris was a beloved and cherished husband, father, brother and son. He was Michelle's best friend, an exemplary dad to his children and caring uncle to his nieces and nephew. Chris was a kind, loving and generous friend to all, admired by his family and many friends for his constant loyalty and support. Chris was professional and courteous in his work ethic carrying on his dad's legacy. He will be missed more than anyone can imagine.
Chris was proud to have been able to donate the services of his company and crew to the "Extreme Home Makeover" house that was built in Medfield.
In addition to his wife of 11 years and his mother, he is survived by his children Brian C. Bixby, Matthew W. Bixby and Alyssa R. Bixby all of Norfolk, a brother Jeffrey W. Bixby and his fiance Kendra Coughlin of North Attleboro, his maternal grandmother Helen J. (Hesek) Flynn of Natick and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephew. He is also survived by his in-laws Frank J. and Janet R. (Colella) DeLuca Jr. of Norfolk, his sister-in-law Charlotte M. DeLuca of Norfolk, a brother in law Frank J. DeLuca III and his wife Courtney of Uxbridge.
Also surviving are his godchildren Toni M. Stula, Frankie J. DeLuca IV, Logan Manning and Brooke Cerbrowski.
He was the grandson of the late Howard W. and Meribah (Mead) Bixby and Leo A. Flynn.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Tuesday Jan. 20th, at 10 a.m. from the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin (www.oterifuneralhome.com) with a funeral Mass in St. Jude Church 86 Main St. Norfolk, at 11 a.m.
Burial will follow in Norfolk Cemetery.
Calling hours are Monday Jan. 19th, from 3 to 7 p.m.
If lieu of flowers donations in his memory sent to the Bixby Children's Fund C/O Dean Bank 21 Main St. P.O. Box 307 Franklin, MA 02038 would be appreciated.
Raymond "Red" H. Duclos Sr., 87
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Raymond "Red" H. Duclos Sr., 87, formerly of South Attleboro and Swansea, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 at Madonna Manor in North Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Bertha A. (Brillon) Duclos.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Edward R. and Julia (Nadeau) Duclos.
He was a decorated World War II veteran, having been awarded the Bronze Star, other military commendations, the Knights of Columbus Pelican award and other civic awards.
He had been a member of the American Legion Post 312 of South Attleboro and Post 303 of Swansea, South Attleboro Friends of Scouting, Troop 35 Anawan Council, and the Knights of Columbus.
For more than a decade, he served as house chairman of the LeFoyer Club in Pawtucket.
He is survived by his two sons, Raymond H. Duclos Jr. of Swansea, and Michael E. Duclos of South Attleboro; his daughter, Susan M. Jackson of Coventry, R.I.; and was loving grandfather of seven, with seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of Rita Rogers, Gertrude Brillon, Beatrice Cronin, Doris Summerly, Elaine Monast and Clement Duclos, and the late Yvonne Schultz, Cecile Fanning, Esther Aussant, Ralph, Ferman, Clifford and Lester Duclos.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. from the Costigan-O'Neill Funeral Home, 220 Cottage St., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Theresa's Church, 18 Baltic St., South Attleboro. Burial with military honors will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited.
Visiting hours are Monday from 3 to 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Alzheimers Association, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.
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Louise Rachel Marie (Gracie) Friedland, 90
NORTH ATTLEBORO - Louise Rachel Marie (Gracie) Friedland, 90, of Mount Hope Street, North Attleboro, died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 at her residence surrounded by her family following a period of declining health. She was the loving wife of the late Karl L.O. Friedland, to whom she was married on Aug. 16, 1941 and passed away on Dec. 8, 2006.
Born in Attleboro on Nov. 26, 1918, she was one of nine children born to immigrants from Portugal - the late Frank and Mary (Silva) Gracie. Raised and educated in the City of Attleboro, Mrs. Friedland was a member of the 1937 graduating class of Attleboro High School.
She remained a resident of her native community until moving to North Attleboro in July of 1964.
Mrs. Friedland was employed by the former L.G. Balfour Company in Attleboro in the firm's quality control department until 1964, when she gained employment at the former Univis Frame Company in North Attleboro as an inspector and supervisor of quality control and first aid, and where she worked until her retirement in the early 1980s.
A longtime member of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church in Attleboro, in her youth she was raised Catholic and was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Attleboro where she was a member of the Daughters of Isabella.
A woman of great creative talents, she enjoyed decorating her home for every season, holiday and party.
An ardent golfer, Mrs. Friedland played on numerous local courses and she was a former member of the Norton Country Club, was the captain of the Balfour Golf Club and enjoyed participating in numerous Scotch foursomes.
A gifted artisan, she was a fantastic cook, even having written and published her own cookbook, and was a member of the 1918 Club, an informal women's lunch group.
Active in numerous civic and social organizations including the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, she was also active with her husband's Masonic duties and responsibilities as he was a member of the Bristol Lodge A.F. & A.M. in North Attleboro for many years, and also volunteered during her children's nursery and kindergarten years.
Traveling was a favorite pastime of the couple, and they enjoyed numerous trips throughout the United States, Canada, Spain and Portugal.
Her truest satisfaction and love was derived from the time spent among her much cherished and beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves three children: Karl D. Friedland and his wife Elizabeth S. (Rowley) Friedland of North Attleboro, Andrew A. Friedland Sr. and his wife Margaret (O'Connor) Friedland of North Attleboro, and Paula F. Cavalieri of Attleboro; seven grandchildren: Kristen M. Lorimer of Attleboro, Steven F. Cavalieri Jr. and his wife Heather (Allard) Cavalieri of Seekonk, Michael A.C. Cavalieri and his wife Tracy (Ash) Cavalieri of North Attleboro, Jonathan K. Cavalieri and his wife Sandra (Fuller) Cavalieri of North Attleboro, Jennifer L. Friedland of St. Petersburg, Fla., Nicole Melendy and her husband Scott Melendy of Enfield, N.H. and Andrew A. Friedland Jr. of Canaan, N.H.; three great-grandchildren: Mackenzie Cavalieri of North Attleboro, Owen Steven Cavalieri of Seekonk and Ashli Sophia Cavalieri of North Attleboro; and several generations of nieces and nephews and extended family members.
She was the sister of the late Frank Gracie, Frank Gracie, Ann Gracie, Ann Gracie, Anthony Gracie, Mary G. Frietas, William Gracie and John Gracie.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation on Monday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson House, 161 Commonwealth Ave. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, three-quarters of a mile on left), Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson House, 161 Commonwealth Ave. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, three-quarters of a mile on left), Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro with the Rev. Sandra D. Fitz-Henry, pastor of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, North Main Street, Attleboro, officiating.
Children's room available during visitation and the funeral service.
Those in need of a local ride to visitation may simply call the funeral home at 508-695-0200 to make an advance reservation for such gratis transportation.
Burial will follow in the family plot in Mount Hope Cemetery and Arboretum, Mount Hope Street, North Attleboro.
Flowers are accepted or memorial donations may be made to either the Community VNA Hospice Care, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 or to the Bristol Elder Services, One Father Devalles Boulevard, Fall River, MA 02723.
For additional information or to send the family an expression of written sympathy, please visit http://www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com">www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. 508-695-0200.