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Earl A. Marchand
ATTLEBORO - Earl A. Marchand, of Attleboro, Mass., a former Boston newspaperman and communications writer, died Friday in his home after a brief illness. He was 79.
A Korean War Navy veteran, Mr. Marchand served as staff writer for the Boston Herald Traveler and Boston Herald American from 1961 to 1980.
During his newspaper years, he won the Sevellon Brown Award from the New England Associated Press News Executive Association. Known in the industry as Earl the Pearl, he became the byline reporter covering many important events including investigating the Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident, and traveling with Pope John Paul II. Known as a fair journalist, he was able to get important interviews with politicians, sports figures and celebrities who normally didn't speak to the press.
Mr. Marchand also served as senior communications writer for former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, and was senior communications consultant of corporate communications for The New England from 1984 until he retired in 2003.
Born in Seekonk, Massachusetts, Mr. Marchand was a graduate of Boston University and attended the University of Missouri Masters degree in journalism until the college dean placed a personal call to the Boston newspapers editor to start Mr. Marchand's career in journalism.
Mr. Marchand was an adventurer who loved the ocean and enjoyed solo and family travel, making a point of having been to six of the seven continents. He was an avid reader and spent much of his spare time writing magazine articles and crime novels. Other pastimes included following boxing, taking long walks with his dogs, and playing the lottery.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary B. Learned of Carlisle; Pamela N. Lessard of Newburyport; and Leslie A. Sharpe of Attleboro; his sister, June E. Marchand of Seekonk, Mass.; seven grandchildren, and four nieces. He was the husband of the late Elinor (Sartini) Marchand.
His brother George L. Marchand is also deceased.
There will be a funeral service for Mr. Marchand Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 10:00am in the MANNING-HEFFERN FUNERAL HOME, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI. There will be visitation for Mr. Marchand Monday from 4-7pm in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited. For directions and guest book signatures please visit www.manningheffern.com
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