OXFORD — Paul C. DeJesus, Sr., 79, of Fort Hill Road, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, March 19, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Helen C. (Rivers) DeJesus of Oxford who died in 2016.  He is survived by four children, Linda L. Anderson and her husband Rob of Oxford, Tina M. Barrett and her husband Mark of Webster, Paul C. DeJesus Jr. of Oxford, and Howard C. Clinton of Fla.; his brother, Nelson DeJesus of Oxford; his sister, Margaret Siegfried of Auburn; four grandchildren, Nicholas Anderson, Erika DeJesus, Derek Leake, and Dylan Barrette; two great-grandchildren, Nevaeh and Tristan; and several nephews and nieces.  He was predeceased by a brother, Manuel DeJesus; and a sister, Mary Beaudry.  He was born in Oxford, the only survivor of a set of triplets to the late Manuel and Mary (Albuquerque) DeJesus, and was a lifelong resident of Oxford.  He served in the Marine Corps reserves.

Mr. DeJesus worked at Komtek Forge in Worcester for over 20 years, retiring many years ago.  Previously, he worked for Gordon Chemical in Oxford.  He enjoyed working on his home, carpentry, and was a handyman who could fix anything.  He loved sports and was an avid Red Sox fan.  He will be remembered as hard-working man, loving father, and great mentor.

The family would like to thank the staff at Central Mass Hospice, as well as Dr. O’Shea and the nursing staff at St. Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center, for the exceptional care given to their father during his illness.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford.  Burial will follow at St. Roch’s Cemetery in Oxford.  Calling hours are Friday, March 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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