Frank A. Dobson

May 1, 1922May 21, 2018

Frank A. Dobson, of Somerset, age 96, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018. He was the husband of the late Elsie (Pecora) Dobson.

Born in Primrose, Nebraska, a son of the late George and Sadie (Housman) Dobson, he was a resident of Somerset for over 60 years.

A graduate of Primrose High School in Nebraska, he attended Wayne State Teachers College and was a Veteran of the United States Navy for 20 years. While in the Navy he served on both the USS Missouri and the USS Williamsburg. He worked as a Store Clerk and Foremen at New England Power for 22 years, retiring in 1987. Mr. Dobson was a Free Mason, 32nd Degree, and a member of the Scottish Rite Organization. He also enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

He is survived by one son, Gary R. Dobson and his wife Beatrice of Rehoboth; three grandchildren, Lynn Marsters, Douglas Dobson (Tracy) and David Dobson (Jessica); eight great grandchildren, Michael, Mackenzie, Connor, Caroline, Samuel, William, Julia and Katelyn; several nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Constance Lynn Dobson and brother of the late John, William and Harry Dobson, Dorothy Samuelson, Mary Drake and Edna Dobson.

His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Nathan Slade Cemetery, Somerset.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Shriners Children Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.


  • Shriners Children Hospital


  • Visiting Hours Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Burial Friday, May 25, 2018

Frank A. Dobson

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Raymond Neff

May 25, 2018

Uncle Frank was my birthday "buddy", born twenty years to the day before me. Because we shared a common birthdate - among all my uncles, he was always special to me.

Uncle Frank loved his family, including the multitude of his nieces and nephews. He always had a pleasant thing to say and always displayed an interest in what you were doing and how you were. He loved his Red Sox baseball and was proud to tell of their successes and his disappointment when they didn't win. Whenever we were together, Red Sox baseball set up an interesting dynamic between us because I was a staunch Yankee fan.

Living to 96 years is a wonderful accomplishment; few have done that. He had an interesting career in the Navy, especially serving as he did during World War II as the "greatest generation" and then as he recalled numerous times, serving on the president's yacht. Uncle Frank was a loyal husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather, devout and generous Mason, and overall stalwart in the community. He will be missed by those who loved him and that he loved in turn. Rest in peace, honored hero and veteran. Dear Uncle, I will hold you in my memory forever.

Raymond Neff

William Sullivan Maria Pecora-Sullivan

May 24, 2018

Rest in Peace, Uncle Frank. Love Your Niece, Maria and Nephew, Bill (Pecora-Sullivan)