79, a long time resident of Richmond and formerly of Winchester died on Friday, August 15, 2014 at Applewood Nursing Home in Winchester. He passed peacefully after a period of declining health with his family near.
Frank was born the son of the late Elsie (Willard) and George Rice on January 15, 1935 in Winchester. He was educated locally and graduated from Thayer High School class of 1949. He went on in his studies and graduated from New Hampshire Technical Institute with a certificate in automotive care and repair.
On June 27, 1957 he enlisted into the U.S. Army where Frank was trained as an auto mechanic. He was honorably discharged on February 26, 1965 at the rank of Specialist E-4.
Frank was married to Winifred Holmes in 1977. They remained husband and wife until her passing on September 17, 2007. Frank found love again and re-married Jane (Principe) Jillson on May 3, 2008 at St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church in Winchester. They have been happily married for six years.
Frank was an avid worker and businessman in the community. He enjoyed his time at home and was a member of St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church in Winchester. He helped with the feeding of the needy by volunteering with the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Winchester.
Mr. Rice is survived by his wife Jane P. Jillson Rice of Richmond. His children and their spouses; John Wilson of VT. Larry Wilson of R.I. Michael Jillson and his wife Tracey of Winchester, Elizabeth Pearsall and her husband William of Richmond and Jennifer Hamre of Springfield, MA. He is also survived by his siblings; Edmund Rice of Troy and Frances LeClaire of Hinsdale. Frank also leaves several grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A Mass will be given on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11am. in St. Stanislaus, Mary Queen of Peace Church, Richmond Rd. Winchester. In keeping with Franks wishes there are no calling hours and burial will be private. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Frank O. Rice to: Richmond Rescue, 15 Winchester Rd. Richmond, NH. 03470. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com.