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Bernard J. McCoy

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Bernard J. Bern McCoy 90, of Franklin, died peacefully, Sunday May 31, 2015 at St. Camillus Health-care Center in Whitinsville, following a long illness. He was the husband of the late Carolyn A. (DiLuzio) McCoy, who died in 2011. Born December 20, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a son of the late John F. and Anna (McEldowney) McCoy, he was a former resident of Philadelphia, PA, Royal Oak, Michigan and Bellingham, MA before moving to Franklin in 1994. He was raised and educated in Philadelphia, and upon completing high school he joined the United States Army during World War II. He attained the rank of T/5 and was a gun crewman responsible for antiaircraft artillery. Bernard was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon W/1 Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal W/1 Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1946. When he returned home he began a long career in the insurance industry. He worked for over 35 years as an adjuster for such companies and Massachusetts In-demnity and Life Insurance Company and more recently CNA Insurance. He enjoyed writing poetry, listening to Irish music, watching the New England Patriots and Red Sox, and reruns of Gunsmoke. Bern is survived by his children, Bernard J. McCoy, Jr. and his wife Catherine of Milford, Delores M. McCoy and her companion Fred Anderson of Woonsocket, RI, Karen A Cavaleri and her husband Peter of Franklin. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Katie Davis and her husband Brendon, Anthony Cavaleri, his great grandchild Brody Davis and many loving nieces & nephews. He was the brother of the late Jack, Matthew, Charles, and Joseph McCoy, Anna Catherine McCoy and Margaret Kearns. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass Monday June 8th, at 10:30AM at St. Marys Church 1 Church Sq. Franklin. Interment with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Calling hours are respectfully omitted. Due to floral limitations at the cemetery, donations in his memory may be sent to the Society of the Little Flower 1313 N. Frontage Road Darien, Illinois 60561-5340. Arrangements are under the care of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. Guestbook www.oterifuneralhome.com.

Published in The Country Gazette from June 6 to June 19, 2015
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