James A. Piekarski, Jr., 60, a longtime Franklin resident, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday August 7, 2012. Born in Boston, July 18, 1952 a son of Dorothy J. (King) Piekarski of Franklin, and the late james A. Piekarski, Sr., he lived in the Columbia Point section of Boston until the family moved to Franklin when he was 7 years old. He was a 1970 graduate of Franklin High School. He worked as a dietitian at Wrentham State School for many years, and then at the Stop & Shop, until his illness forced him to retire. Despite his many challenges, he never complained, and always forgave everyone that treated him unfairly. He loved to walk uptown every day, even through the cancer in his back and his recent heart condition, made this very difficult. His favorite place was the former Caravan Restaurant on Rt. 140 and his loves included his best friend Bob, all the Boston sports teams, and playing cards. Not many people in this life could or would have wanted to walk in his shoes. He was a true hero, and a kind spirit who will be truly missed. Surviving in addition to his mother are 3 brothers; John J. of Greenville, RI, Robert P. of Franklin, David T. of Whitinsville, and a sister Dianne of Plainville. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Saturday at 9:15 AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son, Franklin Funeral Home, www.oterifuneralhome.com, 33 Cottage St., with a private Mass in St. Mary's Church, 1 Church Sq., Franklin at 10 o'clock. Internment is private. Calling hours are Friday from 4 - 8 PM. Donations in his memory sent to
, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210 would be appreciated
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Published in The Country Gazette from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17, 2012