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Joseph ChampagneOctober 9, 1941 ~ May 13, 2016 (age 74)
ATHOL – Joseph Champagne, 74, of 46 Pheasant Lane, formerly of Belchertown and Templeton, died peacefully Friday evening, May 13th at his residence.
He was born in Templeton on October 9, 1941, son of the late Albert and Bertha (Landry) Champagne. He had lived in Belchertown from 1955 to 1962 and then resided at the former Templeton Developmental Center until 2012 when he moved to Athol.
Joe loved dogs, watching western movie, tap dancing, playing his harmonica. Ice cream was his favorite dessert.
He leaves a brother Albert J. Champagne of CT; a step sister Florence Lafrennie and her husband Paul of Winchendon and a step brother Wilfred Morrissette of Winchendon; a brother in law Robert Vaillancourt and many nephews and nieces, among whom is a special niece, Esther Cyganiewicz and husband John of Winchendon. He also leaves his best friend, David Onichuck of Templeton Community Services and his housemates, Paul Robinson, John Connelly, Francis Kazanowicz and Elliott Cole. He was predeceased by his sisters, Exilda Damon and Lorraine Vaillancourt and best friend, Dennis Perry.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 17th at 11 AM in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. The Rev. Francis A. Roberge will officiate.
A calling hour from 10 to 11 A.M. Tuesday in the funeral home will precede the funeral service.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon at a later date.
The family wishes to thank both the staff at 46 Pheasant Lane and GVNA Hospice for their exceptional care.