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Westborough Remembers Fred MacConnell

His funeral service will be held on Saturday.

Alfred R. “Fred” MacConnell, 84, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at the Coleman House in Northborough after a brief illness. He was the husband of Marie L. (Cross) MacConnell for 63 years, a fact he was very proud to acknowledge.

Born in Marlborough, he was the son of the late Alexander and Bernice (Thorpe) MacConnell. He was educated in the Westborough public schools, and was a 1947 graduate of Westborough High School. He later graduated from Becker Junior College.

Fred was employed as the assistant accounts receivable clerk at Bay State Abrasives for 36 years. Prior to his employment at Bay State, he worked for Swan Hardware.

Fred was a member of the Congregational Church of Westborough, enjoyed traveling, camping, sailing, and most recently radio controlled airplanes. He loved his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also a lifelong resident of Westborough.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Ann M. Lister and her husband Bob of Vineyard Haven; one son, James A. MacConnell and his wife Susan of Walnut Port, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Deborah MacConnell; one brother, Robert MacConnell and his wife Christina of Westborough; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three nephews.

He was the father of the late Stephen A. MacConnell, who predeceased him in 2010.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Congregational Church of Westborough, West Main Street, Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery.

Calling hours at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Friday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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