TURNERS FALLS - Maurice R. Emond, 81, of Crocker Avenue died Tuesday (4-16-13) at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, surrounded by his adoring family.
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Maurice was born in Montague on Dec. 25, 1931, the son of Harmel and Antoinette (LePine) Emond.
He attended St. Anne's Parochial School and was a graduating member of the Turners Falls High School, Class of 1950.
Maurice was a U.S. Korean War veteran serving in the U.S. Army, where he received several distinguished honors including the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He owned and operated Nu-Homes, Inc. with his brother, Marcel. They developed land and built neighborhoods throughout Franklin County. Maurice received recognition for his thoughtful and creative design of apartment complexes.
Maurice was a past president of the Turners Falls Rotary Club, known for his community service and innovative fundraising methods. He was an active member of the Montague Chamber of Commerce, Turners Falls Athletic Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Among his many interests, Maurice loved history, music, gardening and golf. He was an opera singer and a member of multiple church choirs.
He loved the ocean and spending time at his home on Cape Cod. Most of all, he adored his family and friends, spending time together, sharing laughs and celebrating the joys of life.
Among his survivors, he leaves his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Lou Kozloski; a son, James M. Emond, his wife Melinda, and their daughter Caroline of Mendon; two daughters, Cynthia L. Fay, her husband David, and their children, Jennifer, Christopher and Nicholas of San Carlos, CA; Barbara Lee Emond and her fiancée Dr. Osama Alshaykh of Boston; two brothers, Jean Emond of Millers Falls and Laurent Emond of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday (4-22-13) at 9 a.m. from the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St. in Greenfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K St. in Turners Falls with the Rev. Charles DiMascola, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday (4-21-13) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Renovation Fund, 84 K Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
Sympathy message available at: www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 19, 2013