Francis E. Bigwood

  • Born: May 25, 1936
  • Died: January 19, 2020
  • Location: Franklin, Massachusetts

Callahan, Fay & Caswell Life Celebration Home

61 Myrtle Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Tel. (508) 755-1500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Franklin - Francis E. Bigwood, 83, formerly of Worcester and Paxton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Blaire House of Milford.

Francis was born in Worcester on May 25, 1936 the son of the late Edward E. Bigwood and Olive (Riopel) Bigwood. He was a graduate of South High School. He retired from Thermo-Electron (formerly Lodding Engineering) after a 35-year career. He enjoyed his retirement by spending his winters in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Francis was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and former longtime parishioner of St. Columba Church in Paxton. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Blaise Church, Bellingham. He was an avid golfer and was involved with many golf leagues around Worcester especially at Bedrock Golf Club where he was a member for many years. Francis also had a love for music, especially Big Band and Jazz which led to him volunteering at WICN and the Jazz at Sunset Series.

He is predeceased by his first wife Frances Mastrorio after nearly 29 years of marriage. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his second wife of 26 years, Ann P. Bigwood; his daughters Pamela Demers and her husband, Michael of Gainesville, Florida and Susan O'Rourke and her husband, Patrick of Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland; his stepson, Richard Dunn and his wife, Chrystella of Branford, CT; his stepdaughters Laurie Dunn McCarthy of Medway; and Nancy Pollock of Norfolk; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren

Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life on Thurday, January 23rd from 9:00am until 11:00am at the Callahan, Fay & Caswell Life Celebration Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:30am at St. Columba Catholic Church, 10 Richards Ave., Paxton. Burial will follow at Mooreland Cemetery, Paxton. In lieu of flowers his family asks that memorial donations be considered to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dearest Pam and Sue, please except my deepest sympathies for the loss of your much loved father, I know how much you meant to him and how much you loved him. I hope this helps because I truly believe that our loved ones never really leave us. "Do not stand at my grave and weep,I am not there, I do not sleep, I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond's gift of snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the autumn's gentle rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush, of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night. Don't stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die."

Lynn Sherwin Crystoff, Worcester, MA. Jan. 22, 2020

Posted by Lynn Crystoff - Worcester, MA - Friend   January 22, 2020


Ann, I am very sorry to hear of Fran's passing. I realy enjoyed our visit in Fla. a few yrs ago. You & your family will certainly be in my prayers.

Posted by Jerry Minor - Middletown,, OH   January 22, 2020


I am sorry to read of Fran's passing. We worked together at Thermo for over 18 years; he was a good man and always a gentlemen. My deepest condolences go out to his family. May he Rest In Eternal Peace.

Posted by Suzie Tavano - Pompano Beach, FL   January 22, 2020

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