Obituaries

Rob Saunders, age 69

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Rob Saunders, age 69, died in Hopkinton on April 27th 2020 from complications related to Covid-19 and Parkinson’s disease. Rob was born on August 28, 1950, in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Lakeside School and went on to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA in 1973. He spent his junior year abroad in Italy, where he fell in love with the country and pledged to return. Rob discovered music at a very young age and from that time on, it played a leading role in his life.

Edmund "Ned" F. Leger Sr., 93

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Edmund "Ned" F. Leger Sr., 93, of Hopkinton, died peacefully after a short battle with Covid-19 on April 23, 2020. Born in Walpole, MA in 1927 he served in the Coast Guard on troop transport ships during WWII. He was Director of Maintenance at the Charles River Hospital in Wellesley, MA for many years.

Carol P. Bronder, 84

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Our beloved mother, Carol P. Bronder, 84, of Hopkinton, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020 in the virtual embrace of her family. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Mary (Gora) and Paul Partlow, and celebrated 50 years of marriage with her loving, late, husband, Patrick J. Bronder, Sr.

William C. Palmer III, 72

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William C. Palmer III, 72, of Ashland, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Timothy Daniels House in Holliston. Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Alice (Slack) and William C. Palmer Jr.

James F. Sullivan, 77

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James F. Sullivan, 77, of Upton and formerly of Hopkinton, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. He is the beloved husband to Gerda Sullivan.

Carl "CJ" Harris, Jr, 27

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Candia, NH - Carl "CJ" Harris, Jr, 27, an old soul who completed his journey on earth on Sunday, March 29th at Boston Children's Hospital, of complications from a Bone Marrow Transplant last May. With his parents by his side, he is finally free from pain.

Always with a smile and a kind word to all who he interacted with, he remains an example of one who is known and loved by all. Hearts are breaking all over the world.

John Stanislaw Aroian, 75

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John Stanislaw Aroian, known as Jack to his many friends and relatives, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the age of 75. Born in Virginia at the end of WWII, he was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Wilk) Aroian. He is survived by his very beloved daughter, Kate Aroian and her significant other, Trevis Singh of Charlton; also his brothers, Mick Aroian and his wife, Leslie, of Spencer and Bob Aroian and his wife, Gayle, of Barre; his friend and former wife, Beth (Claflin) Hearn and her husband, Bill, of Marstons Mills as well as 8 nieces and nephews.

Michael James Murphy Jr., 55

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Michael James Murphy Jr., 55, of Uxbridge and formerly Hopkinton, passed away after a short illness on Friday, March 27, 2020 at Milford Regional Hospital. Born in Worcester, he was the son of Ellen (Reilly) O’Leary of Hopkinton and the late Michael James Murphy.

Michael was a 1983 graduate of Keefe Tech in Framingham. He enjoyed fishing, especially at the canal catching stripers. He took pleasure in riding his motorcycle and attending his nieces and nephews sporting and dance events.

Mark Edward Bell, 64

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Mark Edward Bell, 64, of Hopkinton, passed away surrounded by his family after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in NY, NY, and raised in Nanuet, NY, he was the son of the late Florence (Pantano) and Edward F. Bell. He was the husband of 36 years to his beloved wife, Gayle Gonthier-Bell of Hopkinton.

Thomas J. Robson, 23

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Thomas J. Robson, 23 of Rockland, MA passed away unexpectedly on March 7, 2020. He struggled with drug addiction throughout his short life and was turning around his life when he relapsed. He was employed by Rug Merchant in Rockland, MA and loved his job and coworkers. He just recently moved from sober housing to an apartment on his own. Tom was a loving, kindhearted and deeply intelligent person who was dearly loved by his family and all who knew him.

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