A lifelong resident of Marlborough, he was the son of the late Nelson and Eva (Sasseville) Dion and the husband of the late Mary (Misener) Dion, who died in 2012.
A U.S. Army veteran of WWII, he was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received during the Guadalcanal Campaign as well as a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation for service in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.
He had been employed at Deerfoot Farms in Southborough and Associated Transportation of Waltham, and as a mechanic for E.C. Murray Paving Company, Framingham, for many years before retiring.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish of Marlborough, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Americal (23 Infantry) Division.
He is survived by his son, Nelson J. Dion Jr. and his significant other Sharon Paton of Moultonboro, N.H.; his daughters, Suzanne Loureiro and her husband Jerrold of Chandler, Az., Claudette Dion of Marlborough, Cheryl Simmons and her husband Curtis of Maui, Hawaii, and Michelle Lariviere and her husband Martin of Marlborough; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Mary Dion Cole and the brother of the late Eva Cecchini and Corinna Ellis.
The family would like to thank the staff of Aging Well Adult Day Health and Marlborough Hills HealthCare for the kindness and compassion which was extended to both beloved parents.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5 – 8 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m., at St. Anne's Church, 20 Boston Rd. (Route 30), Southborough. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Beach Street in Marlborough.
Donations may be sent to the Greater Marlborough Programs, Inc. (GMPI), 40 Mechanic St., Suite 100, Marlborough, MA 01752.