Barrington, N.H. – Frank A. Padula, 97, formerly of Marlborough, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the home of his daughter and her husband, after a period of declining health. He was the husband of the late Rita (Damico) Padula, who passed away in 2003. They were married for 64 years.
He was born in Marlborough, the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Serena) Padula, and lived there many years before moving to Florida and to New Hampshire in 1993.
Frank served in the Merchant Marines, stationed in Alaska during WWII, and later worked for Kohler Manufacturing and New England Power Company. He retired from New England Power in 1973.
After retirement, Frank and his wife moved to Florida, but returned each summer to spend time in New Hampshire and Frye Island, Maine, where he enjoyed golfing swimming and spending time with his family. He was an avid fan of horse racing and boxing and will be remembered for his sense of humor and storytelling, which he enjoyed when he had an audience.
He is survived by one daughter, Anne Garceau and her husband Robert “Gizzy” of N.H.; four grandchildren, Kelly Mongeau and her husband Joe, Donald Padula, Pamela Boivin, and Christine Marston and her husband Philip; and had the joy of knowing eight great-grandchildren, Garret Boivin, Adam and Nicholas Howard, Paige and Shane Marston, and Ryan, Jacob and Carly Mongeau. He was predeceased by one son, Robert Padula, and was the last survivor of his 12 siblings.
His funeral will be held Thursday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will be at a later date. Visiting hours Wednesday, March 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St. Marlborough.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cornerstone VNA & Hospice, 178 Farmington Rd., Rochester, NH 03867.