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TOWNSEND — Brandon M. Kilgore, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of Townsend, died unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, Jan. 9, after being stricken ill.

He was born in Fitchburg, on Oct. 10, 1983 and grew up in Townsend. He graduated valedictorian from North Middlesex Regional High School in 2002. He was a National Merit Scholar recipient and graduated with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Mr. Kilgore was employed at 3Com in Marlboro, where he did test engineering. He was a self-described “computer geek” and had passion for mathematics since he was a young boy. He also loved cooking, movies, photography and adventures to new places.

He leaves his wife of five months, Kimberly M. (Ware) Kilgore of Sacramento; his parents, William and Donna (Matthews) Kilgore of Townsend; a brother, Ryan Kilgore and his wife, Lauren Kennedy, of Arlington; a nephew, William Kilgore of Arlington; two soon-to-be-adopted sisters, Darcianne Sears and Deida Sears, both of Townsend; his paternal grandmother, Mary Kilgore of Middletown, N.Y.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Candy Ware of Audubon, N.J.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The funeral was held Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, followed by Mass at St. Boniface Church, Lunenburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon M. Kilgore Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o NMRHS Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 715, Townsend, MA 01496. For additional information or to sign the guest book, visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net.

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