Irvin George Duclos, 97, High School Educator, Raytheon, & White’s Hardware Employee

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ASHLAND – Irvin George Duclos, 97, of Ashland, died peacefully on June 15, 2020 after surgery and health complications. 

He was the son of Joseph Louis and Agnes (Ladeau) Duclos. 

He is predeceased by his wife, Mary O’Reilly Duclos, to whom he had been married for 63 years.

Born in Chicopee, and raised in Chicopee and Ludlow, he attended bi-lingual (English/French) grammar school, graduated from Chicopee High School, and then entered the Oblate seminary (OMI) in Natick, through which he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Laval University.

He then entered an apprenticeship program at the Springfield Armory, Springfield, working on the M-1, or Garand, rifle during World War II.

He married and settled in Ashland with his family.

At age 68 he earned a Master’s in Education from Framingham State College.

Irvin worked for Raytheon, taught at Seton Hall in New Jersey, was a high school language teacher, and taught for many years as a classroom and on the road driving instructor.

He was plant manager and buyer at Parker Products in Holliston.  After retirement he worked at White’s Hardware until it closed.

He loved carpentry, and provided all the manpower for building in and onto the home he shared with his wife and children.

Irvin is predeceased by his sons Peter Anthony and Michael Gerard, his brothers Donald and Frances, and his sister Phyllis (Duclos) Perron.  He is survived by his children Beth Comstock and her husband, Ted, Ellen Doren, and Anne Manion and her husband, David.  He also leaves five grandchildren, Maureen Doren, Diane (Comstock) Durfee, and her husband Ryan, Leslie (Comstock) Praetsch, and her husband Mark, and  Paul and Evan Manion.  Irvin also leaves a sister- in-law, several nieces and nephews.

He will be interred at Glenwood Cemetery in South Natick in a private service.  

The family asks that donations be made to the Ashland Food Pantry, 162 West Union Street, Ashland, MA 01721.

Arrangements by Matarese Funeral Home in Ashland

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