Francis “Bud” Call of Walpole; age 88.
Bud was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and all around character whose humor and charm will be greatly missed. He grew up in Walpole and graduated from Walpole High School in 1945. After serving his country in the Navy from 1945-1946, Bud attended trade school to become a tool and die maker. His acumen and passion for the field led to the successful opening and operation of his own business, where he enjoyed both the challenge and flexibility of being his own boss.
An avid golfer, skier, sports enthusiast, and snowmobiler, Bud never sat still. In the winter, you could find him on the slopes of Okemo Mountain teaching his children to ski and snowmobile along the trails. Summers were spent at the family camp in Buzzards Bay. Family was important to Bud, and he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well the many friends he made along the way.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Bud joined the Masons and was installed as a Master to Azure Lodge of Walpole in 1965. In June of 2016, he was awarded with a Certificate of Recognition for fifty seven years of dedicated service to Masonry, as well as a Lewis Jewel representing both his and his father’s years of membership.
Travel was also a passion for both Bud and his wife Marion. They particularly loved visiting Florida and their road trips to the National Parks, and the photographs from these adventures were proudly displayed throughout their home. Road trips with the two of them always meant Bud would drive and Marion would navigate, taking meticulous notes of where they went, what they did, and how many miles they drove that day.
Bud is survived by his children Charlot (Bill) Gold, Raymond (Charlene) Call, Nancy (Ed) Sanford, and Janice (Kerry) Rosado, eleven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and too many friends to count. He was proceeded in death by his wife of sixty three years and love of his life Marion Meyer, as well as his son David Call, his sister Evelyn Loring, and his parents Raymond and Ida Call of Walpole.
Bud lifted anchor and departed on his final voyage from Forge Hill, an Assisted Living community in Franklin. He was so very fortunate to receive such loving care from the Forge Hill Community, the Visiting Nurse Association, and Seasons Hospice.
A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Bud can be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, One Edgewater Drive, Suite 103, Norwood MA 02062-4674 or the charity of your choice.
Thomas & Sons Funeral Home