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Roland A. Depin
December 20, 1933 ~ August 24, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Roland A. Depin of Somerset went home to be with the Lord on 8/24/23. He was the son of Roland E. Depin and Jeanette (Stevens) Depin. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Anna M. (Chucoski) Depin, daugher Karen Pincins, daughter Susan Batt, son-in law Peter Batt, and daughter Ann Marie Lavoie and her husband Robert. He was the father of the late Jennifer Depin and brother of the late Edward Depin. He is also survived by his brother Robert Depin and his wife Lucille, granddaughter Dr. Ashley Lavoie and her husband Greg, grandson Christopher Martin and his partner Jillian Wudarczyk, granddaugher Andrea Arroyo and her husband Joseph, great granddaughter Eden Arroyo, great grandson Wilder Martin and grandson Erik Pincins. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was a lifelong communicant and usher at St. Patrick’s Church in Somerset. In his younger days he was a member of The Boys Club of Fall River, and later a member of the American Legion.
Roland was born in Fall River in 1933 and graduated from BMC Durfee High School in 1952 and the Campbell School of Business in 1960. He was in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957 and was stationed at National Airport in Washington, DC as a medic. He met his wife Anna there, and they married at The Bolling Air Force Chapel in DC in 1957.
Roland was a talented pianist and was chosen for the “Tops in Blue” Air Force entertainment group. He traveled to every base in the USA, and parts of Europe, Africa and Antarctica to name a few. The group appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1954, the year in which he was the musical director. Jerry Van Dyke was his emcee.
Roland went on to work as a claims adjuster in the Fall River Employment Office and later was a manager at various employment offices in So. Eastern Massachusetts. When he retired, the staff presented him with a Santa Clause hat, saying he was so good to work with.
Roland was the leader of the Roland Girard Trio for many years and enjoyed sharing fond memories of his 10 years as the house band for the Cliff Walk Manor in Newport. He said Newport in the 60’s was a wild place.
Guests will be received at Auclair’s Funeral Home at 690 So. Main St. Fall River, MA. Viewing will be Friday, 9/1/23 from 5 to 8 PM, funeral Saturday 9/2/23 at 10AM at the funeral home, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Church 306 South St. Somerset, MA.
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