Reverend Paul R. Franz of Tucson, AZ formerly of Westford

1934 - 2015


July 1, 2015
St. John the Evangelist Church


July 2, 2015
St. John the Evangelist Church

5549 FranzReverend Paul R. Franz, 80, of Tucson, AZ formerly of Westford, MA died Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Morning Glory Assisted Living in Tucson, AZ.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Henry and Eleanor Franz. He graduated from Boston College High School with the class of 1952 and from St. John’s Seminary.  Father Franz was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in May of 1966.

He proudly served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Medal.

Father Franz was a retired Priest from the Archdiocese of Boston.  He had been the Pastor of Saint James Church in Medford until retiring in 1999 due to medical reasons.  Prior to that, he had been a Parochial Vicar at a number of churches, including St. Cecilia in Ashland, St. Dorothy in Wilmington, St Rita in Lowell, St. Theresa in Billerica, and at St. John the Evangelist in N. Chelmsford.  He also served as the hospital chaplain at Lawrence General Hospital.

Father Franz was a First Degree Honorary Life member of the Ashland Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Ruth Franz and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late John Franz, Elizabeth Franz and Mary Franz.

He also leaves behind close friends in the Sallet family.

The Rite of Reception will be Wed. at 3PM followed by visiting hours from 4 to 7PM with a funeral Mass Thurs. at 11AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., N. Chelmsford. Burial in the Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery, W. Roxbury, MA. Memorials may be made in his name to Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02110. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

4 Condolences for Reverend Paul R. Franz of Tucson, AZ formerly of Westford

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    Zelda and Bob Williams


    Our sympathy to all who hold special memories of Reverand Franz. Although he is now at peace with God I know he will be greatly missed by loved ones here on earth. May you find peace and comfort in the memories of this special person in your lives – those can not be taken from you. God Bless You all. Sincerely, Zelda and Bob Williams

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    Fr. Franx was an inspiration to all of us who came in contact with him. He will be missed.

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    Norma Maille


    May our Lord welcome you and say “job well done, good and faithful servant”……Father Franz was a gift to us in our lives, may he rest in peace……Our sympathy to the Shellet family. Norma and Emile Maille

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    She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Henry Sheppard, loving dubbed, “My Daddy”; uncle, Ernest Harleston; aunts, Leola West and Virginia Robinson and grandmother, Elizabeth Palmer.

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