Eric J. Naser, 51, of Belchertown, a lead cook in Worcester Dining Commons, died, June 13.
Born Nov. 2, 1965, in Boston, he grew up in Holyoke and had lived in Belchertown 15 years.
He joined UMass Amherst as a dining commons worker in 2011 and had been a cook since 2014.
He leaves his partner Kelly Ziencina, with whom he lived, and his sister, Ada Naser of Greenfield.
Friends and family may gather at Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home on Saturday, June 17 from 2-4 p.m. All other services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BARC (Belchertown Animal Relief Committee), Box 161 Belchertown 01007, or through PayPal on the BARC website: www.BARCfriends.com.