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Arthur J. Gilbert

March 19, 1940 — October 4, 2016

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WINCHENDON - Arthur J. "Buddy" Gilbert, 76, of 61 Hyde Park Drive, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester.

He was born in Winchendon on March 19, 1940, son of the late Red and Irene (Raymond) Gilbert and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.

Buddy worked as a machine operator at H&R for 28 years until his retirement.  He previously worked as a carpenter at Ft. Devens, a cook at Franklin Pierce College and as a mail truck driver from Gardner to Keene, NH.  Buddy proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard for 22 years.  He was a member and past commander of Eugene M. Connor Post 193 American Legion.  His hobbies were golfing and bowling.

He leaves his wife of 54 years, Toni K. (Lafrennie) Gilbert; two sons, Scott J. Gilbert of Winchendon and J. Michael Gilbert of Gardner; one brother, Raymond Douglas Earle of Florida; two sisters, Dot Plouffe of Gardner and Charlene Ford of Gardner; one granddaughter, Kerry Hall, one great granddaughter Sophie Hall  and several nieces and nephews.

Military funeral services will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 1 P.M. in the Masachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.  There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to a veterans organization of one's choice.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.


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