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Francis Xavier Gilbert Francis Xavier Gilbert, 90, beloved father and grandfather, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at his daughter ’ s home in Litchfield Park. He was predeceased by his wife of fifty-eight years, Gilberte (Turlot) Gilbert, He was born in Medford, Massachusetts, March 30, 1927, son of the late Ralph and Madeline (Call) Gilbert. He lived in Cambridge, Somerville, Melrose, and built a home and raised his family in Littleton, MA from 1959 to 1982. He was a member of St. Anne Parish. Francis and Gilberte then enjoyed a wonderful retirement for twenty-five years in Phoenix. He subsequently resided with his daughter in Leesburg, Va for a number of years and was an active member of the Leesburg Senior Center. He was a member of St John the Apostle Catholic Church and most recently of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community. Francis served in the Marines in 1945 and 1946, and served in the Air Force in Deols, France from 1950 to 1955. Francis had an extensive career in electrical engineering and owned Gilbert Painting Co., Littleton, Ma and Le Chalet de Beauty Salon, Westford, Ma. He was later employed by the US Postal Service in Phoenix before his retirement. Francis pursued many interests such as woodworking, writing, and travel. He loved music and playing the concertina. He was also an avid billiards player and developed a teaching program for members of the local senior center. He volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Phoenix and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He spoiled his children and grandchildren with many happy times together. He was a good man with a big heart and we ’ re blessed to have a lifetime of beautiful memories with him. He is survived by two daughters, two sons in law, and a son, and five grandchildren and their spouses. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Eveline Sicard of Fl., and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated for Francis on February 28, 2018 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Avondale. Final commendation will be made at Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton, MA. Donations may be made in Francis Gilbert’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Published on  February 14, 2018
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