Francis Joseph "Moose" McCormack


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Loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all


            WATERBURY- Francis Joseph “Moose” McCormack, 94, of Waterbury passed away January 1, 2021 at Waterbury Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Josephine (Petrucci) McCormack.

            Mr. McCormack was born in Waterbury on May 16, 1926 son of the late James Francis and Helen (Wall) McCormack.

            Francis was raised in the Washington Hill section of Waterbury and graduated from St. Mary’s Grammar School and Crosby High School. He was an avid basketball player having played in the CYO Men’s League and the Waterbury YMCA.

            After graduating High School in 1944 Fran earned a basketball scholarship to attend the University of San Diego but decided to serve his country by joining the U.S. Navy and served during WWII.

            Upon returning from the service Fran began working as a sales professional for both Keeler & Long Paints and Devoe Paint before opening Paint Service, Inc. in 1979.

            Fran met and married Josephine in April 1950, and they resided in Wolcott from 1950 until 1979 before moving to the Bunker Hill section of Waterbury.

            In addition to working to build a successful business, Fran was a lifetime member of the Watertown Golf Club, serving as President in the 1990’s. He was an avid golfer playing on courses throughout the United States and in Europe.

            Francis made several friends and lifelong acquaintances who affectionally remembered him as the life of the party and the “Moose”. He lived a wonderful life and appreciated the love of his family and friends.

            Mr. McCormack is survived by his wife Josephine of Waterbury, his 3 children, Nancy McCormack-Griffin and her husband Daniel Griffin of New Haven, Kathleen McCormack of Watertown and James McCormack and his fiancée Maureen Keavney of Waterbury. Also, his grandchildren, John Francis Thompson & his husband Jeffrey Sherman, Jay and Shannon Shiel, Zachary McCormack and Brendan McCormack, and great grandsons, Conor and Rory Shiel.

            Fran was predeceased by his sister, Doris (McCormack) Fehrs.

            The McCormack family would like to thank the amazing nursing staff at Waterbury Hospital and the Watertown Convalarium staff for the care they provided to Fran.

            In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. McCormack’s names may be made to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs- Connecticut Healthcare System:

            All services are private and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The Murphy Funeral Home, 15 Willow Street is in charge of the arrangements.

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