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Emery J. Bourque

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Emery J. Bourque, 90
WW II, US Army-Air Corps Veteran

FITCHBURG -- Emery J. Bourque, 90, passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 2, 2014, at The Highlands.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Louise (Fagan) Bourque, four sons, George Bourque of Cerrillos, NM, Donald Bourque of Hudson, NY, Paul Bourque and his wife Gail, of Hubbardston, MA, Bob Bourque and his wife Lise, of Marstons Mills, MA and one daughter JoAnn (Bourque) Nadeau, and her husband Paul, of Mashpee, MA, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Emery was born in Fitchburg, a son of the late Adolphe and Julienne Bourque. He played in the Prairie Rangers a country music band in his teens. He served in the US Army Air Corps, during WW II, as a Staff Sergeant, from 1943-1946. Emery served in the 89th Bombardment Squadron, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He resided in Cleghorn for over 50 years before moving to Gardner and later to Hubbardston.

He worked at Fitchburg Paper and also for Decotone as a color matcher. In Emery's retirement he enjoyed playing guitar, woodworking, square dancing and golfing. He was a member of St. Josephs Church in Fitchburg and of Holy Spirit in Gardner. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

BOURQUE -- His Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Josephs Church, 49 Woodland Street, Fitchburg, MA.

Burial will follow in St. Josephs Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA with Military Honors.

Calling Hours will be in the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made in Emery's name to the , 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Mar. 4, 2014
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