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Frederick Kearns, 95, of Hudson, died September 16, 2022, at Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a period of poor health. He was born on May 15, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Frederick and Hazel Kearns. Besides his parents, he was passed away by his sister Arline, who died in 1928 at age 6 and our mother Mildred, who died on July 1, 2017.

He attended St. Mary’s Annunciation Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then high school at Rindge Technical High School in Cambridge, graduating on June 6, 1944. He also attended junior college at MIT.

My father married our mother on November 13, 1948.

He was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard, 26th Artillery 1950-1953. He was stationed at Camp Drum in New York and was an excellent scorer. His rank was a technical sergeant. My father never liked to refer to himself as a veteran; However, on July 8, 2022, my father was honored at a stapling ceremony in recognition of his service to our country.

He had a good business career. During that time, he installed TVs and their problems, so he could fix any issues we had with our groups when we were kids. Some of the other companies he has worked for are Lincoln Labs, Matrix, Sanders, and Digital Equipment Corp. , from which he retired. He was a correspondent at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson for many years. Especially finding comfort there after our mother passed away.

My father was a lifelong railroad fan. It can tell you about most of the past and current train lines across New England. Growing up in Cambridge, he rode wagons in the old days when they were on tracks all over Massachusetts, and wasn’t too happy when those wagons went trackless. Visited many railyards while on vacation. He was an active member of the Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club until his death, and would attend the Amherst Railroad Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in “Big E” In Springfield, Massachusetts, when he can. On Sunday morning you can find him trackside in Ayr, Massachusetts, along with some of his other “trainiacs”.

He volunteered with The Suburbanettes Drum and Bugle Corps of Hudson when his daughters were members. He also volunteered at the pantry at St. John’s Church in Hudson for many years.

The father leaves behind us, his seven children, and his two sons, Paul (Carol) from Milford, New Hampshire, Stephen (Gloria) from Merrimack, New Hampshire, his daughters, Jan Cytanides (Jim) from Milford, Catherine Jarry (Douglas) from Hudson, Caroline Kearns of State Tennessee and Elaine Parsons (Chris) from Texas and Arlene Boisfert (Ralph) from Nashua, New Hampshire.

Grampy has had nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He will also be greatly missed by his cats, Spencer and Snickers.

So, when you hear a train whistle in the distance, or see the gates below a railway intersection, think of our father. We’re sure he’ll ride the rails.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, September 22, 2022, from 4-6 p.m. at the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson. The grave service will be Friday, September 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 75 Derry Road in Hudson. May everyone gather at the cemetery. To share a message of condolence online, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. DUMONT-SULLIVAN FUNERAL HUDSON HOUSE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ARRANGEMENTS.

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