Francis J. Berube

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Francis J. Berube

August 30, 1930 - January 08, 2019

Francis J. Berube Haverhill - Francis J. Berube, 88, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and business owner, died Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Born, raised and educated in Haverhill, son of the late Frank B. and Rose A (Lavallee) Berube, he attended Saint Joseph Grammar School, and was a member of the Saint James High School, Class of 1947. He later received his degree in Accounting from Northeastern University in 1956.
Mr. Berube was a Public Accountant and was first employed as a bookkeeper and accountant for the former American Grocery Co. of Haverhill. He later took on several clients and opened his first professional office in Lafayette Square in Haverhill. He expanded his business by becoming an independent insurance agent and moved his business to its present location on Broadway known as Francis J. Berube Insurance and Accounting. He served several generations of Haverhill residents helping them with their insurance, accounting and tax preparation needs. Mr. Berube was later a co-owner of the former Westville Market, on Route 125 in Plaistow and a partner in establishing Westville Supply as well as Grand Rental Station.
In 1966, Mr. Berube returned to school and attended The New England Institute of Mortuary Science in Boston, receiving his certificate in funeral service and was licensed as a Registered Funeral Director and Embalmer by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1968, he purchased Comeau Funeral Service on Broadway in Haverhill, which is now in business as Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, and still serves the Greater Haverhill Community.
An active member of All Saints Parish and the former Saint Joseph Parish, he was a former member of the Finance Committee of the Parish Council and over the years served on several parish committees including as Co-Chair of the Saint Joseph Parish Centennial Celebration. He was a Fourth Degree Member of Fr. O’Doherty Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and member of the former Holy Name Society, and longtime member of the Saint James High School, Class of 1947 Reunion Committee
He was a member of the Haverhill Lions Club for over fifty-five years, and served for several years as Treasurer. He was also a former member of the Board of Directors of Career Resources Inc. of Haverhill and member of the Board of Directors of the former Family Bank of Haverhill.
Mr. Berube enjoyed spending time with his family and boating at Lake Winnipesaukee, where he had built a second home and spent much of his relaxation time “puttering around” and finishing “projects”. He also enjoyed traveling, cruises, and vacationing in Aruba. In his later years he developed an interest in golf and enjoyed being a member of the Saint Joseph/ All Saints Golf Leagues.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his devoted and loving wife and best friend of sixty-eight years, Alicia M. (Fiset) Berube, daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea E. Kingsley of Melrose, Alicia M. and Michael Murray of Haverhill, Rosemary and Thomas Kilbridge of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and Ellen L. and Paul Sickel of Plaistow, NH, a son and daughter-in-law, Francis J.,Jr., and Charlene Berube of Plaistow, sister-in-law Lucine Goudreault and her husband Richard of Atkinson, NH and sister-in-law Elaine Barker of Haverhill, 15 grandchildren, Sean Kingsley, Allison (Kingsley) Parker, Heather Kingsley, Gregory Berube, Kevin Berube, Melissa (Berube) Conte, Monica (Berube) Thibault, Christopher Murray, Shauna (Murray) Upham, Tim Murray, Lauren Sickel, Kadi Sickel, Derek Sickel, Julie (Sickel) Campbell, and Chelsea Sickel, eleven great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family of Francis and Alicia Berube would like to acknowledge and thank Sheila Mendelsohn and Donna Bowman for their loving care and assistance in helping our parents maintain their independence in their home as long as possible as well as to the kind and supportive staff of Atria Merrimack Place in Newburyport, where they have lived for the past several months, and finally to the doctors and nurses of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of Portsmouth Regional Hospital for their excellent care and thoughtful guidance in our father’s care during his last days.
Relatives and friends are invited to Mr. Berube’s calling hours and Life Celebration to be held on Sunday, January 13, 2019, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill. His funeral will begin on Monday at 8:45 a.m. from the funeral home with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Avenue Haverhill. Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Haverhill Lions Club, c/o John Pettis, 52 Hadley Rd. Merrimac, MA or to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research, c/o Dr. James Roth, 43 Stewart Terrace, Belmont, MA. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit
Published on January 11, 2019
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Butch Bouchard
Jan 15, 2019
To Fran and family, your dad was someone who I looked up to. He was always active in St. Joseph's school and church activities which was such a good example for me growing up. I still walk by your home nearly every day and can't help but think about some of the good times spent there.
Gary Cunningham
Jan 13, 2019
So very sorry! Just now seeing this! Would have been there today! He has been a part of our family for many years, giving many of our family members a beautiful service. May you RIP and my thoughts and prayers to the family!
Tommy and Gail Benefield
Jan 13, 2019
This special family is amazing and so connected. So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Keith/Anne Nelson
Jan 13, 2019
We would like to extend our Sincere Condolences to the entire Berube Family, for your recent loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Joan Brescia and James Mcnally
Jan 13, 2019
Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Paul case
Jan 13, 2019
A sad day.
Lion paul case
Christine Cosio-Rau
Jan 12, 2019
My Deepest Sympathy to the entire Berube and Feist Families.
Linda & Ernie Carpenter
Jan 12, 2019
Fran Ernie & I are so sorry to hear about your father.May he Rest In Peace.He seems to have had a full life.