Francis M. Provost Jr., age 93
AUBURN- Francis “Marny” M. Provost Jr., age 93, died Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Knollwood Nursing Center, West Boylston, MA.
His wife, Rita A. (White) Provost, died in 2005. He leaves two sons, Marshall Provost and his wife Hilary of Oxford and Richard Provost of Colorado; three daughters, Sheila Evans of Townsend, Donna Errede of Auburn, Gerry O’Toole and her husband Michael of Clifton Park, NY; one brother, Roy Provost of Jacksonville, FL., 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Francis was born is Worcester, son of the late Francis and Marguerite (Neill) Provost and lived in Auburn most of his life. Francis was a U.S. Navy, Word War II veteran. He was self -employed owned and operated the Circuler File Refuse Company. He was actively involved in the community. Francis was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree in Auburn, Director and past Grand Knight. He was past President and a Director of the Auburn District Visiting Nurse’s. He also was Registrar of Voters in Auburn.
During his lifetime, many honors and awards were bestowed upon Francis. On April 11, 1965 he became a Knights of Columbus 3rd degree; on June 16, 1978 he was awarded the K of C Certificate of Merit for recognition and appreciation of his faithful and exceptional services; in 1987 he was awarded the St. Joseph Award; in 1982 he was the Building Chairman of the Auburn District Nursing Association and was a member of the association from 1982-2002, serving as its President from 1986-1987; in 1987 he was the K of C, Knight of the Year; and received a proclamation from the Board of Registrars of Voters for 24 years (1987-2011) as the representative of the Republican Party emulated by all citizens as a "True Citizen of Auburn"; on April 18, 1991, he was awarded the Book of Golden Deeds from the National Exchange Club; he was the recipient of the John & Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award on November 4, 2004; on October 20, 2010, he was awarded by the Mass State Council, K of C #4158, Perpetual Memorial Wall certificate of enrollment; and he was a Retired Men's Club Life Member.
A Celebration of Life and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Auburn District Nurse’s, Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA. The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School Street, Webster, MA. is directing arrangements.