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John L. "Jack" Souther

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Formerly of Leominster, Navy Veteran; 85

SHIRLEY John "Jack" L. Souther, 85 years old, of Shirley, formerly of Leominster, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012, in HealthAlliance Hospital.

He is survived by his six daughters, Donna Roy (Bernard) of Russell, Sharon Souther of Shirley, Debra Brassard (Paul) of Leominster, Linda Souther of Shirley, Judith Carlberg (Rob) of Leominster, and Cheryl Trainor of North Brookfield; brothers, Robert Souther (Pauline) of Shirley and Richard Souther of Indiana, his very dear friend of six years Joanne Deshaies of Leominster; six grandchildren, Denise Boyden of Russell, Darci Furr (Rodney) of So. Hampton, Daniel Roy of Westfield, Christopher Brassard (Anique) of South Korea, Sr. Airman Ashley Brassard of Hanscom Air Force Base, and Allyssa Carlberg of Leominster; three great-grandchildren, Carrington and Jack Boyden of Russell, and Tristrin Roy of Westfield; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis L. (Barnard) in October of 1996, three brothers, Albert Souther Sr., Dean Souther, Russell Souther Sr., two sisters, Frances Gibson and Rose Bangs, and son-in-law, Kevin Trainor.

Jack was born December 14, 1926 in Leominster, son of Albert and Caroline (Hembrow) Souther, and had lived in Leominster most of his life. He was a World War II and Korean War U.S. Navy Veteran. While in the U.S. Navy, he served on the U.S.S. San Diego and the U.S.S. Worcester.

Jack worked at Falula Paper Co. in Fitchburg, and the former Digital Corp., in Maynard for many years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 151 and Franco-American Club in Leominster. He was also a member of the Royal Order of Moose. Jack was a Patriots Fan, (always yelling at the TV), enjoyed many town concerts, Lawrence Welk and enjoyed Cogshall Park. He was always a jokester, smiling, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him, and loved him dearly.

SOUTHER -- A Funeral Service will be held Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2 pm in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central NE Chapter, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945. The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster is assisting the family with arrangements. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 10, 2012
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