Obits: Former Holliston Police Officer, Fisherman, Army and Navy Vets

Obituaries from Holliston, Hopkinton and Milford from the past week.

Patricia M. Helmuth, 73, died suddenly at home on Monday, Feb. 11. She was employed by Honeywell for 29 years, retiring in August 2010. She was also employed by the Hopkinton Treasurer’s Office for many years. She volunteered yearly with the Hopkinton Marathon Committee.

Douglas Taylor, 94, of Mendon and formerly of Milford, died Sunday, Feb. 10. As a youth he worked on several local farms and the Mendon Highway Department during the depression. He also did a brief stint at the Draper Corporation. He then worked for several contractors and became a carpenter until he retired in 1983. Taylor also fought in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Mark A. Allen, Sr., 61, of Milford died Sunday, Feb. 10. Mr. Allen was born Nov. 28, 1951 in Framingham, son of the late Clifford S. and Marie (Valuskis) Allen. He attended Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton and had served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Mark enjoyed riding his motorcycle and trips to Maine.

John Joseph “Jake” Hagan, 69, of Holliston, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10. Jake was a former Littleton Police Officer for 30 years, prior to Littleton, he worked for 2 years as a Holliston Police Officer. He was a licensed professional scuba diver, and licensed professional pilot. Jake was an avid sports fan of the Red Sox and Patriots and enjoyed woodworking, especially making bird houses.

Mary G. Couture, 88, of Milford died Feb. 9. She is survived by two children, Adam Couture and his wife Sue of Milford, and Glenda Goldstone and her husband David of California. She also leaves behind a brother John Dolaghan and his wife Lilyan of Florida; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her siblings, Agnes Goldstein and Thomas Dolaghan.

Joseph "Squeek" Milan, 56, of Shrewsbury and formerly Holliston, died unexpectedly in a car accident on Friday, Feb. 8. Squeek was a town meeting member of Shrewsbury and Framingham, and was a friend of Bill W. for 28 years; and was instrumental in helping to heal, guide and counsel many others. He enjoyed his motorcycle as well as his music and the New England Patriots. Squeek was also known as the Mayor of Holliston and was a member of the Holliston VFW and American Legion. He was also active with The Ashland Fish and Game, where he was a board member and the past president.

Roger W. Smith Jr., 53, of Uxbridge and formerly Holliston, died Friday, Feb. 8. He was a graduate of the Holliston High school class of 1977 and a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY. Mr. Smith was presently employed as an electrical engineer at the Ross Video Company based out of Canada. He was an avid fisherman and was a member of the Tri-Valley Bass Masters in Upton.


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