July 1, 2014

Holy Cross Mourns The Loss Of Fran Dyson

Westborough - Francis T. Dyson of Westborough died on June 28, 2014, peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Ruth E. Dyson, nee Hamley, of 57 years, his children, Jennifer O'Toole and her husband, Stephen, of Westborough. and James Dyson of Webster. Fran has three grandchildren, Jay, Brynne and Julianne O'Toole.

He is also survived by his sister, Marion Dyson ,of Auburn. Fran is pre-deceased by another sister, Carol Dyson Barbour.

Fran was born on January 17, 1929, in Worcester, Mass., to Thomas Dyson and Mary (Plaza) Dyson. He graduated from South High in Worcester in 1947, and completed a post-graduate year at Worcester Academy before entering the College of the Holy Cross on a baseball and basketball scholarship in the fall of 1949. In his junior year, Fran was the starting first basemen for the Crusaders' record-setting baseball team that won the College World Series in 1952.

Upon graduating from Holy Cross in 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent two years overseas serving in the Korean War. Upon discharge, Fran went on to complete advanced graduate studies from Boston University.

Fran worked at Worcester State University as a Professor of Physical Education for 33 years. In addition to teaching, he coached numerous baseball and basketball teams. He was inducted in to the Worcester State University Hall of Fame in 1992.

After retiring from Worcester State University, Fran served as the head softball coach at the College of the Holy Cross from 1993-1997. He was named Patriot League Coach of the year in 1995. He was inducted into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame in May of 2014.

Fran was a fine craftsman and enjoyed furniture making in his spare time. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed sports, travel, and spending time with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Worcester State Foundation, the Francis and Ruth Dyson Scholarship, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 4-7 PM on Tuesday July 1, 2014 in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street in Auburn. His funeral will be held from the funeral home with a Mass celebrated at 10 AM on Wednesday July 2, 2014 in the North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=francis-dyson&pid=171544201#sthash.GhjZn1lk.dpuf