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Roger R. Ford

Roger R. Ford
Roger R. Ford

Roger R. Ford
January 31, 1939 – February 22, 2024

Roger R. Ford, 85, formerly of Southbridge, Mass., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22nd, in his home in Ocala, FL, after a long illness.

Roger was born in Southbridge the son of Wilbert and Rose (Girard) Ford. Roger was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War era.

His wife of 54 years, Marguerite C. “Peggy” (Chenier) Ford, passed away in 2014.

He leaves his wife of 8 years, Michelle L. (Chenier) Ford; his two daughters, Sharon Ford of Southbridge and Jessica Buteau and her husband Jeremy of Southbridge; his three sisters, Lorraine Pelletier of Ocala, FL, Doris Vaillancourt of Ocala, FL and Shirley Simpson of Southfield, MI; his four grandchildren, Jamal Blyther, Alex Belanger, Latisha Blyther and Valentine Reddick; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his three brothers, Albert Ford, Donald Ford and Russell Ford and his eight sisters, Leona Cournoyer, Thelma Lamoureux, Mildred Stanhope, Ruth Farraher, Beatrice Budrow, Rita Renaud, Dorothy Theodoss and Ida Czyzewski.

Roger was a longtime Firefighter for the Southbridge Fire Department, retiring in 1991. He also owned and operated The Hook and Ladder Restaurant in Southbridge and later owned and operated the Fork in the Road Restaurant in Southbridge. He enjoyed helping anyone and giving back to the citizens of Southbridge. In his younger years loved to dress up as Santa and would go to the hospital on Christmas eve and visit all the patients, dropping off a gift to all the children. He would then go to the nursing home and visit the elderly. Being a resident of Southbridge all his life, and working on the fire department and the public he knew many people so when visiting Santa knew their names and they would get so excited cause Santa knew them. To those who knew him he was always there to help and try to guide them in the right direction. Changing a flat tire, giving them a ride, helping chief Alva at the elderly picnics and always helping with town activities. He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters, in-laws, and friends for the love, support, caring and friendship. Roger always wished for peace and that everyone could get along.

Roger’s funeral will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, from Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a Mass at 10:00am in St. Mary’s Church of the St. John Paul II Parish, 267 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial will be in New Notre Dame Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Friday, March 1st, from 5:00 to 7:00pm.