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FORAND, Robert D. Of Burlington, formerly of Belmont, age 91, passed away peacefully on September 17. Devoted husband for seventy years of Mary (Nielsen). Loving father of Robert & his wife Kitty of FL; Nancy of New York; Donald & his wife Rhonda of Boxborough; Marie Bonfiglio of Belmont; Anne Basile of Acton; Donna of Tewksbury; Ruth Fanelli of FL; and the late Paul Forand. He was the dear brother of the late Edward, Rita Northrop, Dorothy Costello, Virginia McGrath, and Ruth Forand. He is survived by 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and special friends. As a naval command pilot in World War II, Bob led his blimp crew on patrols along the eastern seaboard. He was active in the Naval Airship Association (NAA), the Lighter-than-Air Society (LTA), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served as Commander of the American Legion, Post #99, and was a founding member of the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL. As a private pilot, he was an active member of the Elite Quiet Birds (QBs), and he flew missions for Civil Air Patrol and Air Life Line, assisting patients in New England who needed to access critical medical services. He was especially active in the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. Funeral from the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margarets Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Visiting hours Friday 4-8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 113, 3 Belmont Road, Burlington, MA 01803. For directions, obituary & online guestbook see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net www.stmargaretburlington.org
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 19, 2013
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