Howard M. Marchand, of North Grafton

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Howard M. MarchandNorth Grafton – Howard “Howie” Marchand passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, January 12th surrounded by his loving family.

Howard leaves his wife of 47 years, Lorraine (Laferriere) Marchand; his children, Wendy Gauthier (John Nordstrom) of Oxford, Tina Cummings (Chris) of Millbury, Sandy Radcliffe (Thomas) of Webster, and Wendy Ricciardi (Steve) of Holden; his sister, Beverly Gossen of New Mexico; his sister-in-law, June Laferriere of Auburn, and his eight grandchildren, Cameron, Nicholas, Kelsie, Keith, Reese, Ava, Hannah, and David. Howard is predeceased by his mother, Rita (Facteau) Adams; his father, Howard Marchand Sr., and his brother-in-law, Roland Laferriere.

Howie was raised in Worcester and moved to Grafton in 1978. He worked as an electrician at WPI for many years, while bartending at the Boynton restaurant. He served in the Navy before being discharged due to health reasons.

Howie enjoyed deep sea fishing, camping with family, and Narragansett Beach. He also enjoyed playing cribbage at the Old Time Inn in Millbury, going to the movies at the Elm Draught House, and listening to Neil Diamond music.

Family and friends are invited to honor and remember Howard’s life by gathering for a time of visitation on Thursday, Jan. 18th from 5 to 7 p.m. in Mulhane Home for Funerals, 45 N. Main Street, Millbury.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 19th at 11 a.m. in St. James Church, 89 Main Street, South Grafton. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, South Grafton.

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