Francis "Dan" Annese, 91, of Plainville, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2018 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the loving husband of Rena (DeClemente) Annese for 71 years.

Born in Foxboro, a son of the late John and Edna (Metrano) Annese, he was raised in Mansfield. After graduating from high school in 1944 he enlisted into the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After Dan's return from the war he continued his education at Suffolk University, receiving a bachelor's degree in business.

Dan was employed as a salesman for John Hancock and after his retirement from there he was employed as a deputy sheriff with the Bristol County Sheriff's Department.

Along with his wife and after raising his family in Mansfield, they both moved out to Arizona, residing there for many years. Dan was known as an avid tennis player and while in Arizona he became a U.S.T.A. Tennis official.

Recently, Dan and Rena have resided in Plainville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as time spent with his family. Besides his wife Rena, he is survived by a son, Robert Annese and his wife Debra of Maine; a daughter, Cathy Herrick and her husband Neal of Mansfield; a sister, Jackie Baptiste of Boston; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Steven and Chelsea. Also survived by four great grandchildren.

Memorial mass was held at St. Mary's Church in Mansfield on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Thank you to the family's Green Valley friends and Our Lady of the Valley Church for the prayers and cards.