Mike Rochford, 84, Grafton Korean War Veteran

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Walter Michael "Mike" Rochford
Walter Michael "Mike" Rochford

GRAFTON, Mass. – Walter Michael "Mike" Rochford of Grafton died Jan. 18. He was 84.

He was born April 12, 1928, in Newport, N.H., to Hazel VanGuilder and C.W. Howard Rochford. He graduated from Towle High School in 1946 and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and Catholic seminaries in Ontario, Canada.

Rochford served as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953. He then began a long career in the electric motor industry.

He was active in St. James Church and involved with the St. Vincent DePaul ministry for 10 years.

Rochford is survived by three children, Stacey (Daniel), of Townsville, Australia, Gary (Jennifer), of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Timothy (Patricia), of Oxford, Mass.; a sister, Mary R. (Richard) Niemi, of Newport, N.H.; two half-sisters, Cheryl Field (Larry) Lozoratis, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jacquelin Field, of New Ipswich, N.H.; four grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Frechette Rochford, in 2010; a son, Mark M. Rochford; and two brothers, Ret. Maj. Stephen H. Rochford and William D. Rochford.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Roney Funeral Home in N. Grafton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church in S. Grafton. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. James Church Outreach, 89 Main St., S. Grafton, MA 01560.

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