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John Frank d'Entremont

 One of the greatest generation has passed on.

February 12, 1917 - February 28, 2016

Jean Francois d’Entremont (Frank) was born February 12, 1917 in Lynn, Mass. He was one of six children born to Joseph d’Entremont and Mary (Bourque) d’Entremont, originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. As a child, his family lived in Pubnico, Nova Scotia where he started school. A few years later, the family moved back to Lynn, Mass. He never forgot his East Coast and Nova Scotian family. During the Depression he completed an MIT course on topographical engineering and went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps as a surveyor.

In 1939 he joined the United States Marine Corps. He met our mother and fell in love with a "pretty girl who played guitar," Irene Breault while on leave, and married her July 29, 1941. She passed away in 2007.

He had an interesting military life. He shipped off to a base in Cuba where he ran down gun smugglers. At one point, his battalion had to quell an overthrow of the government in Haiti. Later, he was shipped off to the island of Martinique to be used as a French interpreter and gather information from the Germans who were also there. His next task was to scuttle weather installations set up by the Germans to relay American ship positions all along the South American coast. He was shot at and nearly blown up but forged ahead, always trying to avoid hurting civilians. He was very proud of that.

In 1956 he went to work for the Ashland Police Department. He officially retired in 2013. He spent many years there and loved every minute. Our family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone at the Ashland Police Dept., and the City of Ashland, past and present, especially former Chief Vic Lively, who rehired him after his first retirement in 1977 and put him in charge of Community Policing and Volunteer Coordinator.  All of you gave him the gracious opportunity to work until he was 94. You extended his life threefold, and for that alone we will always be grateful.

Our father loved to volunteer, from being a 4-H club leader to dishing up the pancake breakfasts at the American Legion. Community service was a central part of who he was. He also had a profound sense of fairness and had no tolerance for bigotry in any form.  If you’ve ever thought that a kind word may not go far, let us tell you that he kept every note, every card, and every letter. He remembered kindness.

He was proud of his children, Janice Campbell (Bob), Lorraine Rawls (Dennis), and Denise Peterson. His grandchildren, Bobby Campbell, Shelly Campbell, Shannon Peters, Huron Smith, Kristina Peterson, and Heather Peterson will all miss him.

If you wish to attend, there will  be a military honor ceremony at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016 at  the American Legion Hall (Pioneer Hall) 73 Winburn Way, Ashland.  It will be followed by  a celebration of Frank's life from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Ashland Springs Hotel. Please come by at any time during the celebration and share stories, laugh, and let him be the center of attention one last time! Don’t be too sad; he had a good, long life. 

Frank, who gave a lifetime of volunteerism, loved poet Longfellow, so this tribute will end with a quote that he would appreciate.

“ The life of man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)