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Obituary for Adrian R Dion

March 16, 2020
Rockland, Massachusetts


Adrian René "Red" Dion, aged 86, was called to his rest by our Heavenly Father on March 16, 2020 after a long illness. A 50-year Rockland resident, he was born in 1933 in Burlington, VT to the late John C. and Gabrielle (Boisvert) Dion. Red spent his early years in Barre, VT before moving to Jamaica Plain, MA. He served as an Air Policeman in the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean Service, United Nations Service, National Defense, and Good Conduct Medals for his service to our country. He continued to serve during his 41 year career in the U.S.postal service, retiring in 2002.
Red met and fell in love with Florence Smith during a ski trip to North Conway, NH. Florence remembers how he made her laugh, and despite the fact that he "was a redhead," the couple married in 1960. Florence was a devoted wife until the end of Red's life. She was by his side for every hospitalization and subsequent admission to a long term care facility. She handled every set-back and medical problem with faith, intelligence, grace and humor.

Red and Florence were blessed with a large and loving family. Red is survived by five children: Kimberly Costello (Charles), Rosemarie Dillis (Matthew), Mary Madigan (David), Jonathan and Jeremy. He is the beloved "Grandpa Max" to Ryan and wife Jenn, Hannah and Curran Dillis; "Papa Red" to Colin, Kyle, Reilly and Keegan Madigan, and Ashley Benson; and ''Grandpa" to Joseph, Jason and Jack Dion. He is the grandfather of Monica, Christopher and Michael Costello. He has 6 great-grandchildren. Red is also survived by his sisters Alice (Bob) Beaton, Louise (Eddie) Poirer, and his brother Daniel (Pamela) Dion, many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Blanche, and his brothers Philip, Paul, Lucien ("Bucky") and Clement.
Red was many things in his life: poet, punster, storyteller, champion speller. It's a point of pride that he invented "The Dad Joke" and many family parties were filled with groans and peals of laughter.
Holy Family Parish was his spiritual home, and he was active in the CCD program. Red had a devotion to St. Joseph and St. Thérèse, the Little Flower of Jesus. He lived his life in service to his values and his talents, serving as a Boy Scout leader and the Vice President of Rockland Little League. Many talented pitchers and hitters got their starts with his coaching them, and he was proud of his Eagle Scouts.
New Year's Day would find him at Nantasket Beach. Baseball season would find him glued to the TV rooting for the Red Sox. He and Florence would watch together and cheer or complain, depending on how the calls went that game.

He was fond of little children and always had a kind word and a smile when he saw them when he was out and about.
Red was a man who worked hard for his loved ones. He was gifted with a facility for languages, a love of word-play, and an extensive vocabulary. He loved making people laugh, and even at the end of his life he was a favorite of his caregivers for his sparkling sense of humor.
Our family would like to thank our cherished friend, Kathy Murray, for her support during Red's final years.
Arrangements were made with the help of Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home.

Donations in Red's name may be made to The National Kidney Foundation or Children's Heart Foundation.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines, services are limited to immediate family only. A Celebration of Red's life will take place in the future.

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Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home

135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
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