Joseph H. Ferrara, 95

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Marlborough – Joseph H. Ferrara, 95, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center. He was born in Boston and lived most of his life in the Marlborough/Hudson area.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Hayes) Ferrara, to whom he was married for nearly 40 years. He is also survived by his son, George Ferrara of Hudson; a daughter, Lisa A. Campbell and her husband Michael of Pembroke; four half-brothers, Paul Homer and his wife Ada of North Attleboro, Raymond Homer and his wife Carol of Carver, William Homer of Plainville, and David Homer of Raynham; nine grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Jacqueline Campbell of Pembroke, Tonia Bouvier and her husband Jay of Hudson, Tara Williamson and her husband Stephen of Middleboro, Tatum Ferrara of Hudson, Tressa Ferrara of Rutland, Bradley Bastow of Michigan, and Bonnie Bastow of North Carolina; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Barbara Ann Bastow, who died in 1992; six half-brothers; and three half-sisters. His first wife, Helen, died 1982.

Mr. Ferrera was a self-employed milkman for many years, serving the Marlborough/Hudson/Stow and Sudbury area. Prior to being self-employed, he started his career with Fillmore's Dairy.

He was praised for saving the lives of three children in a Sudbury fire. He was a life member of the Hudson Elks and member of the Hudson Eagles. He was a former member in the 10th CO, 3rd Bn, 21st Infantry of the Mass. State Guard, serving as company cook.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend services Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m., at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery of Marlborough. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, March 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. The Hudson Elks will conduct its ritual Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center, 121 Northboro Road East, Marlborough, MA 01752.