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Francis Papineau

Died: 2017-01-20
Resided in: Peabody, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2017-01-24 / 5-8pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2017-01-25 10:30am
Service location: St. Adelaide Parish, W. Peabody, MA
Burial type: Burial
Burial date: 2017-01-25
Cemetery: Puritan Lawn Memorial Park
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Francis T. (Frank) Papineau (b. 09/28/1931) passed away early Friday morning on the 20th of January, 2017 due to cancer related complications at Salem Hospital in Salem Massachusetts. He lived in Peabody at Ledgewood Estates. He was 85 years old. Frank is survived by his children ,daughters Linda Coleman of Norton MA, Joan Voutour of Tilton N.H., Karen Gala of Danvers and son Frank and his wife Patricia Papineau of Saugus MA. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Molly, Andrew, and Elizabeth Coleman, - Joseph and Jackie Gala, Emily (Gala) Douglas and husband Brian,Tyler Shea and Sarah and David Voutour. Greate grandchildren Kenny McKenney and Liana Boyer. Frank was born in Boston on the 28th of September in 1931 in Boston, MA and thus began his life in the height of the "Great Depression" and grew up in Charlestown in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument Many of his best traits probably had their root in this experience. Children of the depression were survivors and are characterized by extraordinary determination and self-reliance as well as a belief in the notion that all hardship could be surmounted through hard work. It was a personal strength that sometimes showed as stubbornness ( and he could be stubborn - right up to the end) but it was a strength none the less. A number of years ago journalist Tom Brokaw coined the term "Greatest Generation" to describe those who grew up in the depression, fought in WWII and Korea and worked so hard to move the country forward and regain prosperity and stability. Our father, Frank, was a member of this generation and has passed on much of his character to those of us he has left behind, for which we are eternally grateful. Frank, the second youngest of his family spent his childhood in Charlestown with his sister Joanne Papineau and his older step-brothers Joe, George, Tom, Paul and step-sister Dorothy Ryan. He never got to know his own father, who passed away when he was 3 yrs old, very well. This didn't stop Dad from being a good and loving father to us all. Frank put himself through Malden Catholic High school and not long afterward enlisted in the U.S. navy. Serving aboard the USS Tarawa, he sailed literally around the world, serving missions in the far east during the Korean conflict and primarily seeing duty in the Caribbean and Atlantic. Shortly after the Navy, he met a beautiful young nurse by the name of Mary Kouns. At one point Frank had to decide whether to re-up and advance in the Navy. Our mothers presence in his life made that decision easy and they were eventually married in 1956 and honeymooned in Niagra Falls. The honeymoon did not last too long however as little Frank insisted on showing up 11 months later, soon to be followed by Joan then Karen then Linda and a bit later on the lost, but never forgotten, Nancy. Frank had a family to take care of now and he did. Starting out as a clerk at Elm Farms in Dorchester, he eventually transitioned himself into a union business agent and worked himself steadily up through the organization becoming a vice president of UFCW Local 1445 at one point, and a chief negotiator for labor relations in the food and commercial services industry. He was always a fair-minded, passionate yet reasonable advocate for blue collar workers and commanded great respect from both sides of the bargaining table. It was mentioned earlier that the honeymoon didn't last long - but in a larger sense it did. Over 59 years until, after a slow decline and having stood by her in every possible way with an almost superhuman effort, he laid his beloved Mary to rest in 2015. His heart was permanently broken. He carried on with that toughness mentioned before and took comfort and pleasure in his grandchildren, children and friends until that insidious bastard, cancer, took him from us. Those of us, his loved ones, whom he has left behind, are burdened with the sadness, emptiness and sense of loss from his passing - but we are grateful for the life he lived, the love he had for us and the example of how to live he set for us. Frank was an avid golfer and I am grateful for having gotten to spend so many afternoons shanking drives and enjoying a cold beer with him on the golf course. I hope that he is teeing one up on the finest Elysian fairway there is, hitting right down the middle - and he hops in the golf cart and Mom drives down the fairway.

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Frank was a wonderful man and neighbor. He was always so pleasant and a bit reserved. He took great care of his wife. I would see them in the hallway and the garage. I can't believe he is gone. My prayers and sympathies go out to his family. Maureen
To Frank's family, my sincerest sympathy on your loss. Frank was my neighbor, across the hall at Ledgewood and delivered each others newspaper each morning. He was a lovely man and I'm so very sorry that we have lost him. I know he's at peace now and with his beloved Mary. May your wonderful memories bring much comfort to all of you.
I have such great memories of your Dad, so sorry for your loss Love always, Maureen
I have such great memories of your Dad, so sorry for your loss Love always, Maureen
I am so very sorry for your loss of such a good man. I am also saddened for all of us here on the second floor of building #7 of Ledgewood Condominiums. We lost a dear friend and neighbor. I've known Frank for over 15yrs. His kindness, wise guy comments (I brought out in him lol) and his protection was always present. I look forward to seeing him on every elevator ride and passing in the hallway and garage. I could always count on a meaningful conversation that always ended in laughter. Always a friendly yet strong presence. I enjoyed you and Mary through the years Frank and have no doubt you are together once again. This makes my heart smile but you will be deeply missed. Love, your neighbor and friend always, Cheryl, Rise and Shine #15.
My sincerest condolences to the Papineau family. I enjoyed Frank's sage wisdom and wit on many occasions as Frank, Jr. and I worked together during high school and part of college. We lost a good man for sure, but we can take solace in the memories, values and work ethic he passed on to this children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace. John P. Rauseo
Frank was a great guy and we shared a lot of laughs together. We had a lot of great conversations and he will be missed very much by all of us who knew him. I was proud to call him my friend here at Ledgewood. Keith Spofford
I only met Frank once, but knowing your wonderful daughter Karen and her family, I know you must have been a very special man. God bless. Pat Monkman
Very sorry for your loss.i know you all loved your dad very much.god speed. Bill Barber

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