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Paul F. Contois.

AUBURN - Paul F. Contois, 74, of Auburn, died Thursday, July 31, at home, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family, who together, cared for him and fulfilled his wish to remain in his home.

He leaves his loving wife of 48 years, Joan (Laprade) Contois; his son, Ronald Contois and his wife, Eileen, of Charlton; his two daughters, Kathleen "Kate" Bourassa and her husband, Peter, of Worcester, and Bonnie Contois of Oxford; his three grandchildren, William Contois, Peter Bourassa Jr. and Stacy Bourassa and her fiancee, Adam Keown; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Rose Kalinowski, and his brother, Donald Contois Sr.

He was born in Auburn, son of the late Eli and Anna (LaPlante) Contois, and lived there all of his life. He attended Auburn schools and Worcester Boys Trade School. He was an U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany for two years in with the heavy artillery unit.

Following his schooling, he worked for 25 years for Phalo/Beldon Company. He later worked for Rockbestos-Surprenant Clinton. Along with his brother, Paul was the co-owner of the former Auburn Bike Shop for 40 years. He was an avid Red Sox fan.

Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central St., Auburn, directed arrangements. His funeral was held on Monday, Aug. 4, from the funeral home with a Mass celebrated at Saint Joseph's Church, 189 Oxford St., Auburn. Burial with military honors was at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn.

Memorial donations may be sent to VNA Care Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608, or Auburn Youth and Family Services, 21 Pheasant Ct., Auburn, MA 01501.
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Date:Aug 5, 2008
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