DEERING - Robert R. Safford, 88, of Deering passed away Monday, August 20, 2012, in Concord.
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He is predeceased by his wife, Cecille J. Safford; and his son, Michael Safford.
Robert was born in Berlin, Wis.. He served in Burma and WWII as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. He also flew in the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 32 years of military service. He acquired numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions. Throughout his career, he flew the P-40, 47, 51, F-80, 86, 94, 102, 104, and 106 in combat.
After retirement, he enjoyed many long years of life and travel with his beloved wife Cee. He was a member of St Mary Catholic Church where he was a Eucharistic Minister. Bob was an avid golfer, competed in 12 marathons, including the original run in Greece, loved bicycling and downhill skiing.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan Barbettini and husband Robert of San Antonio, Texas; his daughter-in-law, Lori Safford of Pelham; brothers John Safford and wife Rhonda of Indian Wells, Calif. and James Safford and wife Marti of Milwaukee, Wis.; seven grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Friday, August 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
A Mass will be held Saturday, August 25, at 10 a.m. in St. Theresa Catholic Church, 158 Old West Hopkinton Rd, Henniker, a reception immediately following in the Parish Hall.
Burial will be held at St. Mary Cemetery, Hillsboro at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joni and Friends New England, 307 Highlander Way, Manchester, NH 03103.
For more log on to www.holtwoodburyfh.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Aug. 23, 2012