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Francis X. Birch, 79

Worcester - Francis X. Birch, 79, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2020 surrounded by his wife and family at home in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Frank will be remembered dearly by his wife of 57 years, Bernardine (Dragoli) Birch; his daughter Margaret (Birch) Trifero and her husband Richard; his son Christopher Birch and his wife Cathy; his brothers Michael Birch and wife Eileen, and John Birch and wife Norma, and sisters Kathleen Birch and Christine (Birch) Scully; and six grandchildren Christina, Anthony and his wife Rebecca, Katherine and her fiancé Kyle, Marc, Christopher Jr., and Alexa.

Frank is predeceased by his mother and father Francis and Margaret Walsh Birch, and brother-in-law Jay Scully.

Frank was born on March 1, 1941 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Francis Birch and Margaret Walsh Birch. Known for his selfless spirit and quiet demeanor, he was a man of few words, but they were often the wisest. He lived a long and happy life, and was surrounded by Irish and country music, sports, and laughter until the very end. He was the second of four generations to attend St. John's High School in Worcester and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts where he got introduced to his passion for American History. He worked for the City of Worcester, where he was recognized with the Thomas S. Green Award for his exceptional performance and expertise, being an enthusiastic team player, and his community involvement outside of his career. He retired proudly as Director of Public Health. In his personal life he completed a triathlon, helped organize and run Charlie's Road Races, was an active political advocate in state, city, and national campaigns, was on the founding committee that plan the ongoing New Year's Eve celebration "First Night", coached Jesse Burkett Little League and recently donated a batting cage, and cheered on his favorite Boston sports teams the Red Sox and Patriots as a season ticket holder, enjoying tailgating with his son in the late 80's and continued the tradition with his grandchildren.

Frank's love for sports and life never slowed down. He joined a Senior Softball League and played volleyball, and met up with the guys for a McDonald's cup of coffee every Saturday morning.

Frank and Berni enjoyed their winter retreats to Greenacres, Florida where Frank had a community of friends and spent his days playing bocce, softball and swimming.

He will be remembered most for his devoted attention and love for his wife, children and grandchildren. He found his greatest joy in attending every one of his grandchildren's sporting events, dance recitals, horseback riding competitions, and being a teacher at "Grandpa School".

Frank's acts of kindness and endless giving will live on through those he so generously touched.

The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude for the care provided by JHC Hospice, especially nurse Becky and caretaker Bernice. They would also like to express immense gratitude to Laura's Guardian Angels for their guidance, selflessness, and compassion during this time.

The family will receive friends and family on October 1st between the hours of 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, followed by a Mass on October 2nd at 10 AM at Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Burial will be in Saint John' Cemetery, Worcester.

Family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Worcester Salvation Army – 640 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608.


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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sep. 26 to Sep. 30, 2020.
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November 13, 2020
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October 9, 2020
Frank was a great man, John and I spent winters in Florida with him and his wonderful wife Bernie. We enjoyed many good times which we will always remember. Hoping Frank didn’t endure too much pain. He will definitely be sadly missed, he was a real gentleman.
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October 1, 2020
Dear Meg and family!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all..God bless
Deirdre (D'Arcy) Shea
October 1, 2020
To the extended Birch family, I was so very sorry to learn of the passing of Frank, my name is Jim McColl and I am a 35 year employee of the now Inspectional services department, I first met Frank in 1985 when I started working for the Health Dept. at 37 Lee street, and he made a lasting impression on me. I worked with and for Frank when he became the Director, what a great guy and big time Boston sports fan he was, one of many things we had in common. Today, I still work with Rick, his son law on various city projects. He will be sorely missed. God Bless.
James MCColl
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October 1, 2020
james McColl
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September 30, 2020
Bernie,Chris&Megan and extended Birch Family— I am very sorry that Frank has died. I hope he didn’t suffer too much. Gil & I enjoyed being with Frank in political arena long ago and visiting with you Bernie and Frank at your home with our kids were young. I used to see Megan awhile ago when I taught at OLA and Megan came to get students for extra help. We saw Michael and Eileen at St.Mary’s,Shrewsbury before they moved. Frank has a busy and full life and is now talking politics with Gil in Heaven!!! Gil died suddenly last October of a heart attack. God Bless you all and remember all those good times with Frank. Joan Friel Cronin,Shrewsbury
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September 30, 2020
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September 30, 2020
Deeply saddened to learn of Frank's passing. He was truly one of the "good ones". His kindness and gentle way will remain in our hearts forever. Tom and Janice G.
Janice Gorham
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September 30, 2020
To the Birch family,
I had the honor to meet Frank on Tim Murray’s mayoral race. We spent many days on the campaign trial. He was a warm & intelligent man who I learned a lot from. My sincere condolences to your family.
May he Rest In Peace.
Anthony Petrone
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September 29, 2020
Frank was my little league coach at Jesse Burkett playing for DeBoise Auto Body. His assistant was Steve Hummel. Those were memorable times. RIP
Michael Shippole
September 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Frank was kind and caring and so helpful to anyone that needed help. RIP.
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September 29, 2020
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September 29, 2020
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September 29, 2020
Sending my sincere condolence to the Birch family , Fran will be dearly missed by many. Cherish your happy memories and that will help you during this sad time. May his memory be eternal.
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September 29, 2020
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Natasha Eliotte
September 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Christian and Yvette Vodor
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September 28, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Bernadette. Frank and I and Bernie were good friends in the 1970s, working together on the Joe Casdin campaign, Dukakis, Jimmy Carter and others. He was always fund, kind and smart. Glad to learn he had a happy life and lived long. He deserved it.
Daniel Flynn
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September 28, 2020
The short time I new Frank, I always enjoyed conversing with him!
Kevin O'Neil-Worcester Senior Softball League.
Kevin ONeil
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September 28, 2020
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Gabe St.Remy
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September 28, 2020
Good man, condolences.
Fred Murphy
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September 27, 2020
Phil Dumas at the Grafton Board of Health introduced me to Frank in 1980, and it was an honor to spend time with him on various campaign trails. May you rest in peace noble servant.
Lydia Bogar
Coworker
September 27, 2020
Mr. Birch is one of my childhood friends Dad. He is every word spoken here. He was like a second Dad. RIP Frank Birch.
Colleen Connors
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September 27, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. Artie Verdini
Arthur Verdini
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September 27, 2020
Dear Bernadine Charlie and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the sad passing of Frank. He was truly a gentleman,kind compassionate and a profile in courage. May your happier memories be a comfort as you struggle with this painful journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Charles and Monica Abdella
Monica Abdella
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September 27, 2020
Dear Bernadine Charlie and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the sad passing of Frank. He was truly a gentleman,kind compassionate and a profile in courage. May your happier memories be a comfort as you struggle with this painful journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Charles and Monica Abdella
Monica Abdella
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September 27, 2020
RIP Frank. Always enjoyed the times we spent together playing senior softball in Worcester.
Guy Edward Helander
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September 27, 2020
I will always remember the kindness Mr. Birch showed me when I went over the handle bars of my bike and he drove me home. He didn't even care that I bleed all over his car. RIP
Lori Wells O'Brien
Neighbor
September 27, 2020
I was honored to have had the opportunity to play softball & volleyball with Frank, and get to know this terrific man. He was selfless, kind, intelligent and funny. And he left us too soon. Although of late he no longer played, he was so loved that just his arrival at a game was an event to celebrate. He would watch our games from his folding chair and dispense wisdom and humor in equal amounts. As the team photo will attest, there is Frank, unassuming in the back row, belying the fact of his import to every one of his teammates. He will be sorely missed by our organization and by every life he has so graciously touched. May he Rest in Peace
Walter Nutter
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September 27, 2020
Mike and Eileen, We are so sorry to read of your brother's death. He sounds like a remarkable person. We will remember him and all who are grieving the loss in our prayers.
Bob and Martha Wally
September 27, 2020
My condolences to Bernie and the family. A bright and funny guy.
Al(Fitzy) Fitzgerald
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September 27, 2020
Berni and Family, Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Good friend!! I worked with and for Frank for many years at the Health Department. I could always come to Frank with a problem or just for advice. Outside of work we would always talk sports especially football. May he RIP
Richard Bonofiglio, Pittsburgh, PA
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September 26, 2020
Prayers for Francis R.I.P.
Carl gentile worcester mass
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September 26, 2020
Peace and love to you all. My deepest condolences to your family.
christine vickery
Neighbor
September 26, 2020
Frank was one of a kind, he always had the one liners that was short, direct and spot on. He raised two awesome kids and he his better half was always by his side, love you Bernie! I grew up with your family and have fond memories spending time at your house. You will be missed Frank Birch.
DIANE M GIORGIO
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