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Francis T. (Frank) Papineau, 85, passed away early Friday morning on January 20, 2017, due to cancer related complications at Salem Hospital.
Frank is survived by his children, daughters, Linda Coleman of Norton, Mass., Joan Voutour of Tilton, N.H., Karen Gala of Danvers; and son, Frank and his wife, Patricia Papineau of Saugus, Mass. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Molly, Andrew, and Elizabeth Coleman; Joseph and Jackie Gala; Emily (Gala) Douglas and husband, Brian;Tyler Shea; and Sarah and David Voutour; great-grandchildren, Kenny McKenney and Liana Boyer.
Frank was born in Boston on September 28, 1931, and thus began his life in the height of the "Great Depression." He grew up in Charlestown in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument. Many of his best traits probably had their root in this experience.
A number of years ago, journalist Tom Brokaw coined the term "Greatest Generation" to describe those who grew up in the depression, fought in WWII and Korea and worked so hard to move the country forward and regain prosperity and stability. Our father, Frank, was a member of this generation and passed on much of his character to those of us he has left behind, for which we are eternally grateful.
Frank, the second youngest of his family, spent his childhood in Charlestown with his sister, Joanne Papineau and his older step-brothers, Joe, George, Tom, Paul and step-sister, Dorothy Ryan. He never got to know his own father, who passed away when he was three yrs old, very well. This didn't stop Dad from being a good and loving father to us all.
Frank put himself through Malden Catholic High school and not long afterwards enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Serving aboard the USS Tarawa, he sailed literally around the world, serving missions in the far east during the Korean conflict and primarily seeing duty in the Caribbean and Atlantic.
Shortly after the Navy, he met a beautiful young nurse by the name of Mary Kouns. At one point Frank had to decide whether to re-up and advance in the Navy. Our mother's presence in his life made that decision easy and they were eventually married in 1956 and honeymooned in Niagra Falls.
The honeymoon did not last too long however as little Frank insisted on showing up 11 months later, soon to be followed by Joan, then Karen, then Linda, and a bit later on the lost, but never forgotten, Nancy.
Frank had a family to take care of now and he did. Starting out as a clerk at Elm Farms in Dorchester, he eventually transitioned himself into a union business agent and worked himself steadily up through the organization becoming a vice president of UFCW Local 1445 at one point, and a chief negotiator for labor relations in the food and commercial services industry. He was always a fair-minded, passionate yet reasonable advocate for blue collar workers and commanded great respect from both sides of the bargaining table.
Relatives and friends are welcome to visitation on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Rt. 114, Middleton, MA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Frank on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Adelaide Parish, Lowell Street, W. Peabody. Burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For further details, see www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  January 23, 2017
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