Francis J. Bissaillon, nearly 95, passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2015 after a short illness. He was born to Zephir and Dora (Richard) Bissaillon on July 9, 1920. He grew up in Ludlow, Massachusetts where he graduated from the local high school in 1938 and developed his lifetime love of billiards learning pool from his dad between haircuts in the family barber shop. When World War II broke out, he enlisted as an aviation machinist in the U.S. Coast Guard. After being discharged in 1946, he married the girl he fell in love with as a teenager, the late Sophie Boryczka, his wife of 58 years, and went on to study accounting at Burdett College in Boston. Francis used his business skills working as the Three Rivers Office Manager for Tambrands, Inc. He coached his sons baseball teams and taught all his children the values of hard work and strong morals. After retiring in 1984, Francis was an active member of the Ludlow Senior Center where he was instrumental in developing programs such as the Billiard League, the Billiard Club, and instruction classes for novices. As a Massachusetts Senior Olympian, Francis won gold medals in all the events in which he participated year after year. He was the treasurer of the Ludlow Senior Center Billiard Club and a member of the Ludlow Council on Aging. In addition to billiards, Francis loved the Red Sox, bulldogs, good food, picnics and, most of all, his family. He leaves behind his four children: Francis Bissaillon and his wife Barbara of Scottsdale, AZ; John Bissaillon and his partner Cathy Schreiner of Buckingham, FL; Richard Bissaillon and his wife Susan of Monson, MA, and Angela Petitclerc and her husband Denis of Lennoxville, Quebec; 10 grandchildren: Laurie and her husband Axel, Philip and his wife Jena, Sean and his wife Tammy, Keith, Tamara and her fiance Alan, Ian and his wife Lisa, Jacob and his wife Cheryl, Kristen, Nicolas, and Michael, and 13 great-grand-children: Ella, John, Benedict, Sophia, Nathan, Jon, Sammi, Samantha, Makayla, Cheyanne, Ethan, Woodelson, and Mei. He also leaves Theresa Gregoire, his beloved younger sister, many nieces and nephews, his good neighbors Jim and Joyce Dyjak and his billiard buddies. He was a communicant of Christ the King Church in Ludlow.
Funeral Services Celebrating Francis life will be held Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St, Ludlow, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Christ the King Church, Warsaw Ave, Ludlow, MA. Rites of Commital with Military Honors will follow in Island Pond Cemetery, Center St, Ludlow, MA.