PLYMOUTH — Francis Paul De Lorenzo Sr., 83, of Artisan Lane, went to catch the Westbound on Aug. 13, 2013, at Speare Memorial Hospital, in Plymouth.
Born in Boston on Oct. 9, 1929, he was the son of Onofrio and Anna (Adduci) De Lorenzo. He grew up in Boston's Dorchester section, and at the age of 16 graduated from high school in Dorchester. He was a resident of East Bridgewater, Mass., from 1947 to 1976, and then he moved to Plymouth.
Fran owned and operated F.P. De Lorenzo and Sons Company in East Bridgewater for many years and then F.P. De Lorenzo Welding in Plymouth for many years.
Fran served as a selectman for the town of Plymouth and was a volunteer at the Plymouth Senior Center for several years, where he taught computers.
At a young age Francis started to ride the rails as a hobo. He was known locally as the "Hobo Minstrel" and has ties to the Hobo Community all through the United States. He has been titled, by the Hobo community as "the Great Grand Hobo Duke of Cyber Space," because of all the work he has done for the hobo community through social media.
Francis was a Air Force Korean War veteran.
Francis was predeceased by his first wife, Patrica M. (Powderly) De Lorenzo, who died in November 1970 and his second wife, Florence Ann (Martin) De Lorenzo, who died in October 2005.
Fran is survived by his children, Francis P. De Lorenzo Jr. of Hanson, Mass., Christine "Tina" Davey of Plympton, Mass., Rosanne Brown of Warren, Thomas De Lorenzo of Plymouth, step children, Dianna Dolan of Kingsfield, Maine, Dana Fowler of Plympton, Mass., James Fowler of Assonet, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St. Plymouth on Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael Trembley, pastor of the Amazing Grace Fellowship in Bristol, will officiate. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
To sign Francis's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuenralhomes.com