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WINCHENDON - George J. Girard Jr, 83, of 115 Morse Avenue, died peacefully at his home Friday morning, December 29, 2017 with his family at his side, after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born in Winchendon on August 22, 1934, son of the late George J. and Gertrude R. (Aiken) Girard and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.
George proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. He had owned his own roofing and siding business with his brothers and had worked as a repairman. At one time, he had worked for 13 years at Decatone in Westminster. He was a member of the United Parish and Lt. Frederick Wilder White Post #2158 VFW.
George loved spending time with his family and particularly enjoyed apple picking with his entire family. His favorite time of year was Christmas and he spent a wonderful holiday with his family on Christmas Day. George also enjoyed watching movies with his wife and soul mate, Pauline, woodworking, gardening and bird feeding.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Pauline M. (Belletete) Girard; daughters Laurel Tavares and her husband Paul of Winchendon and Kim Astles and her husband Bertram of George's Mills, NH; a son, Mark Girard and his wife Maureen of Gardner; three brothers, Larry Girard of Baldwinville, Gordon Girard of NC and David Girard of Winchendon; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Dennis Girard, Richard Girard and James Girard and two sisters, Linda Basso and Barbara Girard.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 4 P.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. The Rev. F. Calvin Miller will officiate.
A calling hour will precede the funeral Wednesday from 3 to 4 P.M.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to GVNA Hospice, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440.
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