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Funeral director determined to grant bombing suspect his final right

WORCESTER — Leaning back in his worn leather desk chair, Peter Stefan closed his eyes, taking in the silence as the clock struck midnight Saturday.

Until this moment, two sounds have echoed constantly throughout the 29-room Graham Putnam & ­Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester since early Friday morning: the sharp ringing of telephone call after telephone call and the hollow tap, tap, tap as Stefan clears charred tobacco from his blue wooden pipe.

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