Herbert J. Muir
Herbert J. Muir Formerly of Leominster, WWII vet; 90 Herbert Muir, 90, died on Thursday, October 13, 2016, at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Worcester, MA, after an illness. Herbert was born in Leominster on March 28, 1926, son of Harold and Florence (Kennedy) Muir. The third of six children, he grew up in the French Hill section of Leominster and attended local schools. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, where he served as a Seaman First Class assigned to warehouse operations in Milne Bay, New Guinea. During the war, local press in Leominster and Worcester featured articles on Herbert's chance encounter in New Guinea with his brother Harold Muir, who was also serving in the Navy. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Herbert studied at the former Staley School of Oratory in Brookline, MA. He then enrolled in the former Marist College and Seminary in Framingham for 4 years of missionary order studies. He left the seminary in 1957, but the Church remained an important part of his life. He was a parishioner of St. Leo's church in Leominster, and was also active at St. Cecilia's church. He attended Mass daily, and was active in prayer groups at both churches. Herbert loved the outdoors. He was an energetic walker, and for many years walked daily to the Leominster Public Library to read newspapers and periodicals. Herbert had a life-long interest in baseball and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. He was also a classical music enthusiast. Herbert enjoyed following local, state, and national politics. Herbert was a beloved brother to his five siblings, and a special uncle to 19 nieces and nephews. Herbert leaves behind his brother Alfred Muir of San Marino, California; brother-in-law Guy Wilson of Lexington Park, MD; nephews and nieces in Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and California; and cousins and friends in the Leominster area. Herbert was predeceased by his siblings Gladys Roche of Billerica, MA; Harold Muir of Leominster; Evelyn Suprenard of Escondido, CA; and Pearl Wilson of Lexington Park, MD. MUIR -- Mr. Muir's Funeral with full Military Honors, will be held on Tuesday (Oct.18), from THE CURLEY MARCHAND FUNERAL HOME, 89 West St., Leominster, with a Mass at 10:30 AM in St. Leo's Church, 108 Main St. Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery in Leominster. Calling Hours at the Funeral Home will be on Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The family extends special thanks and appreciation to the caregivers and staff at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living in Worcester.
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