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Walter O. Marquis

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Walter O. Marquis Obituary
Walter O. Marquis, of S. Weymouth, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at South Shore Hospital, July 29, 2014. Born Aug. 4, 1923, he was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ida Marquis, and older siblings, Wilfred, Roland, Irene, Ida and Edmond Marquis. He was born in Lowell, then later moved to Brighton, where he became a standout baseball and football player as well as the class president at St. Columbkille High School, Class of 1941. Walter proudly served his country in the Army as a combat infantry soldier in Europe during World War II, where he earned numerous awards, most notably the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He went on to work for 36 years at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, beginning as an inspector, then later as a supervising hearings officer at the Quincy and Plymouth branches. He was a longtime communicant and head usher of St. Francis Xavier Parish in S. Weymouth as well as an active member and past Grand Knight of the St. Francis Knights of Columbus council 5027. He was a member and past president of the Holy Name Society and a member of the Purple Heart Society. Walter's favorite pastimes were golf, bowling, swimming in his pool and above all traveling and spending time with his beloved wife of 62 years Mary Lou (Perry) and son David. In addition to his wife, Walter leaves behind 5 sons, Walter Marquis of Hollis, N.H., Paul and his wife Mona Marquis of Easton, David Marquis of S. Weymouth, James and his wife Kristine Marquis of Plymouth, and Peter and his wife Kathryn Marquis of Atlanta, Ga.; along with 9 grandchildren. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Commonwealth Oncology, in particular to Dr. Thomas O'Connor, for their support and compassion over the last 3 years. Visiting hours were Friday, Aug. 1, 4-8 p.m. in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, at 809 Main Street (Rte. 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital), South Weymouth. Relatives and friends gathered in the funeral home at 8:30 a.m. Saturday prior to the funeral Mass in St. Albert the Great Church, Weymouth, at 9:30 a.m. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Donations in memory of Walter may be made to The ARC of the South Shore, 371 River St., Weymouth, MA 02191. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences or call 781-335-0045.

Published in The Weymouth News from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2014
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