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Masse, Rene J.

Gramps 2

Rene Joseph “Ray” Masse, a resident of Norwood for 65 years, died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Ellis Nursing Home in Norwood, Massachusetts.  He was 98.  Ray was born April 26, 1915 in Reading, Massachusetts, a son of Louis and Adele (Dumoullin) Masse.  Ray grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, graduating from Brookline High School, and then with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Boston College with the Class of 1937.  He joined the US Army in 1944 and spent 20 months in the Pacific Theatre as a member of the 224th Ordnance Ammunition Renovation Company where he supervised the renovation of defective ammunition.  He was honorably discharged in 1946 and went to work at the Jamaica Plain Veteran’s Administration Hospital where he was the Chief Purchasing Agent for 25 years until his retirement in 1972.  Ray served as a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 43, which met at the United Church in Norwood, where he earned his Order of the Arrow Award.  He enjoyed reading, gardening, woodworking, and clock making.  Ray is survived by his wife, Sarah Veronica “Sally” (Lentini) Masse; his son Anthony J. Masse, and his wife Susan, of South Easton, MA; his two daughters, Marilyn L. Holman of Walpole, and Carolyn M. Servello, and her husband Victor, of Dedham; his five grandchildren, Johanna Cohen, and her husband Jonathan, Joshua Masse, Christina Dunham, Victor Servello Jr., and Gina Byrd, and her husband Tom; and his great grandson Aaden.  He was the brother of the late Gilbert Masse and the late Louise Lambree.  Visiting hours wil be held Sunday, June 2nd from 5 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home Monday at 9 AM and proceed to St. Denis Church, 157 Washington Street, Westwood for his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o’clock.  Interment with military honors will be in the National Cemetery at Bourne on Tuesday at 1:45 PM.  Donations in Ray’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Patty Gibson
    May 31st, 2013 | 7:44 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the family. We thought of Rene or Gramps as we called him as a member of our extended family and we enjoyed many Christmas meals together at Carol and Victor’s house. Rene was so well cared for by his family, particularly in the last few years when it became more difficult. How lucky he was to have such a committed family and how lucky were they to have him for 98 years.
    Our prayers and love to you all. May your great memories give you comfort.
    Patty, Don, Courtney and Kara Gibson

  2. Gina Byrd
    June 1st, 2013 | 8:16 am

    We miss you Grampy. Love you always.

  3. Carolyn Servello
    June 1st, 2013 | 9:11 am

    A gentle and humble man. We will miss you Dad! Your loving daughter, Carol

  4. Elaine
    June 2nd, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Lots of happy memories. Your dad was such a sweet man. He will be missed by all of you

  5. Kathy Conti
    June 2nd, 2013 | 4:31 pm

    Dear Marilyn

    My love and prayers go out to you and your family. May your father be at peace and please know that my thoughts are with you.


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