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Melvin F. Gouthro

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Melvin F. Gouthro Obituary
Melvin F. Gouthro, 86, of Wrentham, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017, at home after a period of declining health. He was the beloved husband of Mary T. (King) Gouthro of Wrentham. Born on June 6, 1931, in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Melvin and Catherine (DeDieu) Gouthro. He grew up in Roxbury, MA, and Jamaica Plain, MA, before moving to Wrentham in 1976. He graduated from Boston Technical High School and not long after graduation enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1948; he was a Vietnam veteran and retired at the rank of LCDR in 1976. The beginning of Mels Coast Guard career was marked by his involvement in one of the most notable rescues in U.S. Coast Guard history off the coast of Chatham, MA, in 1952. Over 60 years later, The Pendleton Rescue, was the basis for a book and movie called, The Finest Hours. Mel served as a consultant during the researching of the book and production of the film and cherished his involvement and time spent with fellow Coast Guardsman, Andy Fitzy Fitzgerald. Following his Coast Guard career, he worked for many years with Boston Fuel Transportation and briefly with Carpenter and Paterson, Inc. in Woburn. An avid Civil War buff, he enjoyed reading about and traveling to Civil War battle fields. He enjoyed traveling to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the southeastern United States with Mary and was always willing to give a tour of Boston to anyone who was visiting from out of state. In recent years, Mel volunteered at Milford Regional Medical Center, never missing a day unless he was hospitalized. He was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Wrentham and served the church in many capacities over the past forty years. In 2014, Mel was honored and recognized for his service as recipient of the Cheverus Award by the Archdiocese of Boston. In addition to his wife, Mel is survived by his seven children and their spouses: James and Jean Gouthro of Walpole, Steve and Lee Anne Gouthro of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Mary Gouthro Lussier of Manville, RI, Mel and JoAnn Gouthro of Franklin, Philip and Carol Gouthro of Walpole, Claire and Jim Robbins of Franklin, and Nancy and Rob Schreiber of East Haven, CT. He will also be dearly missed by his seventeen grandchildren, as well as two great-grandchildren; his sister, Claire Gouthro Healey of Halifax, and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00AM on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at St. Mary Church, 130 South Street, Wrentham. Burial will follow at the Wrentham Centre Cemetery. Calling hours are 4-8pm on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South Street, Wrentham, MA. To sign the guest book, please visit www.rjrossfuneralhomeinc.com. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Memphis, TN or the Wrentham Visiting Nurses, Wrentham, MA. The family would like to thank the volunteers at MRMC for their kindness and support, Home Helpers of Canton, MA and Steward Hospice for their compassion and care.
Published in The Country Gazette from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, 2017
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