Lawrence — Roland J. Ferland, 65, of Lawrence died January 8, 2013. Born in Lawrence, Mr. Ferland had been an area resident all his life.war.
Mr. Ferland was awarded two Purple Hearts, and served as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Ferland was a long time employee of Phillips Academy. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was a member of the Methuen Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8349, the Methuen American Legion Post 122, and the Haverhill American Veterans Post 147.
Mr. Ferland is survived by his wife, Carole (Jesses) Ferland; four daughters, Alyssa Ferland of Lawrence, Natalie Ferland of Manchester, N.H., Renee Ferland of Plaistow, N.H., and Nicole Foster of Pelham, N.H.; two sisters, Celine and her husband, Robert Sheridan of Sebring, Fla. and Bernadette and her husband, Ronald Vigneault of Pelham, N.H.; three brothers, Daniel Ferland and his wife, Deborah of Methuen, Philip Ferland and his wife, Rosemary of Derry, N.H., Emile Ferland of Derry, N.H. There are several nieces, nephews, and cousins. in leiu of flowers donations can be made in Mr. Ferland's memory to VFW post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen, MA 01844. American Legion Post 122, 200 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or Veterans Northeast Outreach Center 10 Reed St. Haverhill, MA 01832
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private at the request of the family. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Va. Arrangements are under the direction of Edgar J. Racicot Inc. Funeral Home, 978-683-2706, www.racicotfuneralhome.com