Francis Nourse Jr.

Francis B. Nourse, Jr.

1946 - 2013 SHEFFIELD Francis B. Nourse, Jr., 66, of Hewins Street passed away unexpectedly on March 21, 2013, at his home.

A native and lifelong resident of the area, he was born June 30, 1946, in Great Barrington, the son of Francis and Gladys Huggins Nourse. He was a graduate of Mount Everett Regional High School.

A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he enlisted in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1969.

"Doc," as he was known by many, was very patriotic and he could always be found marching in the local Memorial Day Parade. He was an active member of the Sheffield American Legion Post #340, a member of the Cincinnatus Masonic Lodge AF & AM, as well as the Wisdom Chapter #130, Order of the Eastern Star, in West Stockbridge.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gun collecting. One of his favorite pastimes was relaxing in his lawn chair outside his home and visiting with friends, all while watching the world drive past.

Up until the time of his death Doc enjoyed working as an auto parts salesman at TNL Auto, a NAPA Auto Parts Store, owned by his daughter and son-in-law in Great Barrington.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathryn Wilbur Nourse. The couple was married on Aug. 5, 1967, in Sheffield. He is also survived by his daughter, Tammy Pipa and her husband, Louis of Sheffield. He leaves behind his beloved cat, Harry, and his two "grand-puppies" Kolby and Misty.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A service celebrating the life of the late Francis "Doc" Nourse, Jr. will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington, conducted by THE Rev. Jill Graham. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Sheffield Center Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home in Great Barrington.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Wisdom Chapter #130, Order of the Eastern Star through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230, who is caring for the arrangements. Remembrances may be sent to the family through

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 24, 2013