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Francis Roraback, 83

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Francis (Ike) Roraback, 83, of Blue Hill Road in Great Barrington, died peacefully in his home on February 26, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.  

Ike is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (Graham) of 49 years; his son, Jeffrey Roraback of Great Barrington; his daughter Jennifer Cassaday and her husband Jeffery of Mesa, Arizona; and two grandchildren whom he adored, Jonathon Roraback and Cayleigh Cassaday.

Ike was born on August 29, 1934, in North Canaan, Connecticut, to Theodore and Catherine (Buckbee) Roraback. He is also predeceased by his four sisters and three brothers.  

Ike was enlisted into the Army in 1957. He served in the Military Police primarily in Munich, Germany, until his Honorable Discharge from service in 1959. During his time in service Ike qualified as a Rifle Sharp Shooter.  

Ike worked for Pfizer in Canaan, Conn., for forty years before retiring in 1994. In his retirement Ike enjoyed gardening and many trips to York Beach, Maine, with Barbara and his family. Ike particularly loved going to the Nubble Lighthouse, watching the ocean and walking along the beach. Ike was able to enjoy one last trip to York Beach just one week prior to his death.  

Funeral notice: Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at noon at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington, officiated by the Reverend Jill Graham, Ike's sister-in-law. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held at Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Hospice Care in the Berkshires. Donations may be sent to Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230.


Obituary Provided By: Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home

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