My dad was much more than what you read below. His life was not easy. Losing his right leg in the Korean War presented many challenges for himself and my Mom. He lived with constant pain, but this did not stop him from having a career, family and many hobbies.
My relationship with my Dad was a special one. I was the youngest of the family. I grew up knowing my Dad at a time in his life when he was building his successful career, traveling for work and volunteering his time. He was able to retire when I was in High School. I once asked him during the early years of retirement what it was like to be in Florida in the Winter, retired with Mom and new friends. He told me it was like the first day of summer vacation … Every day.
He loved life and I will miss him.
Herbert J. Aldous, Sgt., USMC, (Ret.), 80, of Pine Street, Rehoboth, MA, died peacefully surrounded by his family, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. He was the husband of Eleanor (Rosa) Aldous.
Born Nov. 22, 1932, in Waltham, MA, he was a son of the late Herbert and Jennie Mae (Messenger) Aldous.
Herbert was a Korean War veteran serving with US Marine Corps. He received a Purple Heart for wounds received during combat with the enemy losing his right leg. He was also the awarded the Korean Service Medal with bronze star.
He retired as an auditor after 23 years of service at the Naval Education and Training Center. Later he served as the Director of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Agent with the Town of Rehoboth. He was a life member of both the Disabled American Veterans and AmVets. He was also a member and past president of the A17 Marine Corps Assn. and member and past president Rehoboth Baseball Assn.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, he leaves his children, Bonnie Kelley of Rehoboth, Lynn Macalister of Charlestown, Stephen Aldous of Glocester and Thomas Aldous of Rehoboth, Ma and Port Charlotte, FL; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was also the brother of the late Murray, Evelyn and Richard Aldous and Patricia Paul.
His funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Rebello Funeral Home and Crematory, 901 Broadway, East Providence. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Rehoboth Village Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, August 9, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.