Frederick D. "Fred" Oxford

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Frederick D. Fred Oxford, 82, a longtime town resident, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at the Milford Care & Rehabilitation Center, following an extended period of failing health. He was the beloved husband of Alberta M. (Cataldo) Oxford for more than 54 years until her death in July 2009. Born in Woburn, June 21, 1930, a son of the late Arthur and Elsie (Dawe) Oxford, he was raised and educated in Woburn, and moved to Franklin in 1952. Mr. Oxford was a self-employed building contractor, and also worked as a supervisor for the Massachusetts Dept. of Corrections at the work release industries program. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attained the rank of seaman 2nd class, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in July 1954. He was an active communicant of St. Marys Church, and a member of the Sacred Heart Council Knights of Columbus. He loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren, playing cards, bingo, travel and antique autos. He is survived by three sons, Paul F. Oxford and his wife, Elena, of Medfield, William B. Oxford and his wife, Lynn, of Blackstone, David A. Oxford and his wife, Lisa, of Franklin; a daughter, Linda A. Staffiere and her husband, Steven, of Canton; a brother, Louis Oxford of Natick; a sister, Winifred Whittemore of Bradford; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also the brother of the late Cyril Oxford. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Thursday, Aug. 16, at 10:15 a.m., at the Charles F. Oteri & Son, Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St., with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., at St. Marys Church, 1 Church Sq., Franklin. Interment with military hours will follow in the family lot in St. Marys Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations in his memory sent to the Activities Fund at Milford Care & Rehabilitation Center, 10 Veterans Memorial Drive, Milford, MA 01757, would be appreciated. The Oxford family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the wonderful friends and relatives who have supported them throughout Freds 9 and-a-half-year illness. Whether you prepared a meal, sent a card, or sat and visited, your care and concern are deeply appreciated. We would especially like to thank Freds longtime and dear friend, Leon Sonny Bertone, whose regular visits brightened Freds days. In addition, we would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Milford Care & Rehabilitation, who cared for Fred with kindness and respect.

Published in The Country Gazette from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19, 2012
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