He was a buddy of my father but we got close in the past decade. Had lively email conversations. A simple but good man. We are losing too many. Sorry if this seems corny, but with the illness of my father, it takes a little bit more out of me each time he loses another comrade.
Another of our greatest generation gone.
John A. Hebert 84, of ShirleySHIRLEY: John A. Hebert Sr., 84, of 99 Hazen Road, died Sunday, November 1, 2009 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
His wife of 58 years, Alice M. (Pauley) Hebert, died this past August 6th.
Mr. Hebert was born in Shirley, July 26, 1925 and was a lifelong resident. He was the son of John and Mary (Lantiegne) Hebert, from New Brunswick, Canada.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters in law, John “Jack” and Laura Hebert Jr., Jay A. and Carolyn Hebert all of Shirley, James A. Hebert and his companion, Sally Horn of Henderson, NV, four grandchildren; Michael Hebert and his wife Danielle of Leominster, Jack Hebert and his wife Erin of Lunenburg, and Erica Hebert and Gabrielle Hebert both of Shirley; two great grandchildren, Julia Hebert of Leominster and Maura Ridley of Lunenburg. He also leaves his brother, Wilfred Hebert of Fitchburg, and several nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Lionel “Ray” Hebert, Ovila Hebert and Margaret Rivers all of Shirley, Mike Hebert of Maryland, Zelda Gallant of Athol, and Rita McGinnis of Leominster.
During WW II Mr. Hebert served his country heroically as a sniper and scout in the United States Army 1st Platoon Company F. 353rd Infantry Regiment 89th Infantry Division. He served in France, Luxemburg, Germany and Austria. He was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest Military Award given, for his actions near Kirchroth, Germany in March 1945 and near the Saale River in April of 1945.
Additionally, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 stars, German Occupation Medal, French Liberation Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Following his discharge from the armed forces, Mr. Hebert worked 19 years as a diesel mechanic for the Massachusetts State National Guard at Fort Devens, retiring in 1964.
He was a member of the Shirley American Legion and VFW Posts, Disabled American Veterans and the Acadian Association. He enjoyed reading military history and through the years acquired an impressive collection of military patches and crests. He was also very familiar with the history of the Town of Shirley.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am Friday at St. Anthony’s Church, 14 Phoenix Street, Shirley. Burial with full military honors will be in Village Cemetery.
Calling hours are 5-8 Thursday at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Rte 2A) Ayer. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information