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Francis B. Hurst Jr.

February 3, 2024

Francis Hurst Jr. Obituary

Francis B. Hurst Jr. (Frankie)  passed away on February 3rd at the age of 92 years old, with his loving family by his side, and in the arms of his loving wife, Pearl (Brillon).  They were married for over 70 years, and raised four loving children, Maureen Hurst Marks (David) of Port Charlotte Florida, Darlene Marty-Rivers (Allen) of Glocester, RI, and twins, Donna M. Santucci (Ray), of North Smithfield and his son, “Danny” -  Francis B. Hurst III, (Debbie) of Woonsocket. He was also the father-in-law of the late Fred “Tiny” Santucci.

Frankie, as he was affectionately referred to by friends and family, left his small town of Pascoag, RI at the young age of 18 to serve his country.  He was a proud US Navy Veteran and served his country aboard the USS Mitscher during the Korean War.  While serving time on the ship he found his love of the sea and the joy of fishing.  Following his honorable discharge, he fell in love and married his wife, Pearl.  After raising their family, Frankie was able to pursue his love of the sea and enjoyed more time on his boat with his son in law, Tiny and other fishing buddies charting the waters off Narragansett Bay.   The Irish Pearl was named after his wife, and anyone who knows Frankie, knows of the dramatic rescue of his son-in-law, Tiny and his best friend, Roger in the rough waters off  Narragansett Bay when their boat overturned and sank.

His love of the water continued as he enjoyed summers on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks with his sisters and his family. He often traveled to the warm waters of Florida and spent time in the homes of his three daughters in Port Charlotte, Florida.  He and his wife loved cruising with family and friends, including many memorable trips to Aruba and a visit to Hawaii, meeting some of the last survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although his hands became feeble and he could no longer cast a fishing rod, he still found pleasure on Echo Lake aboard the Pontoon boat.  Friends and family enjoyed listening to his childhood stories and the history of his hometown of Pascoag, where he was born to the late Eleanor (Lyons) and Francis B. Hurst Sr.

Gramps also leaves behind his loving grandchildren, Christopher Hurst, who he had a special bond with, Christine Gauvin (Jeff) who grew up next-door to her adored Grampa, Daniel, Dawn and Michael Hurst all of Woonsocket, Keith Marty (Liz) of Smithfield, RI, and Kyle Rivers of North Smithfield, RI.  He cherished the many visits from his many loving great-grandchildren throughout the years.   As his health began to decline and he became homebound, he and his wife were blessed with one more great-grandchild.  Mason became the center of their universe as they helped to provide childcare.  They doted on his every move and enjoyed quality time watching the birds, feeding the neighborhood squirrel, Chippy and sneaking devil dog snacks when Grama wasn’t looking. 

Frankie and Pearl both survived Covid, but the after effects caused a significant decline to his health.  Frankie spent the remainder of his years at the Friendly Home in North Smithfield where he would look forward to quality time with his family and friends who visited him often.  He especially enjoyed visits from his Bonus Daughter, Sharon, who would bring him her Italian specialties.  Frankie also enjoyed phone calls and face-timing with his loving sisters, Patricia Bourque (Gerard) and Eleanor Wright (Robert), who referred to him as their big brother “Junior”.  Both reside in Aurora, Colorado.  He was also the brother of the late Carol J. Bernard, of Burrillville, RI.

Frankie will be forever remembered for his beautiful blue eyes and his caring heart.  Although our hearts are heavy, we find comfort knowing he is in heaven watching over us. Please know that Frankie truly appreciated all who took the time to visit him during his stay at the Friendly Home in Woonsocket.  In his memory, please take a moment to visit a loved one or friend who may be residing in an assisted living facility.  That small act of kindness will certainly be remembered. 

Frankie’s final resting place is Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland, RI  Services are under the direction of DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and remain private.  

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