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« : April 14, 2020, 11:44:48 AM »


Obituary of Bernard Joseph Gregoire Sr.
Bernard J. Gregoire, Sr. passed away on April 7, 2020 in St. Albans, VT.  Born on July 23, 1939 in Fairfield, VT, Bernie grew up on the family farm with his parents and siblings.  After graduating high school in 1957, he enlisted in the US Army for 4 years while serving two of those years in Germany, specifically in the Army Air Wing Division.  Upon returning to the states, he took a job at Kaman Aircraft adjacent to the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT which specialized in military helicopters. 
After finding an apt in Windsor Locks, he met the love of his life, Jean Quagliaroli, who lived next door.  The two love birds married and began a family.  In 1965, with two sons born and another child on the way, the family moved to St. Albans, Vermont so Bernie could begin his career at IBM.  Preparing for a larger family, he began construction on a new house in Fairfax in 1967.  The family moved in 1968, just before the last two children were born.  Now a family of seven, we became regular attendees of St. Luke’s Catholic Parish.
Bernard’s passions ranged from tinkering with engines which grew from working on the farm to collecting cars.  He was smart and witty with plenty of spunk and creative ideas.  He often found a reason to laugh and wanted you to enjoy life with him.  He spent his retirement endlessly taking long walks and watching many movies.  During his last years, at St. Albans Health and Rehab, Bernie made many friends with both staff and residents.  Our dad will be missed by many.
Bernard was predeceased by his parents – Gerard and Alice Gregoire, Jean’s parents, Jessie and Joe Quagliaroli, two sister-in-laws and six brother-in-laws.  He is survived by one brother, Raymond (Sheila); and five sisters, Madelyn Shattuck; Suzanne (Tom Schofield); Rita Lamothe; Cece (Tony Franceskino); and Mary Jane (Larry Fisher); and Jean’s sisters – Joyce and Janice; many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Bernard leaves behind his wife, Jean, of nearly 60 years along with their 5 children and spouses, Bernard, Jr.(Donna); David (Tammi); Patty (Steve); Mark; and Linda; 11 grandchildren  – Stephen, Joseph, Rebecca, Danielle, Matthew, Abigail, Justin, Luc, Naomi, Brenden, and Nicole; and two great grandchildren and another on the way.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.  Cards of condolence can be sent to Jean at St. Albans Health & Rehab, 596 Sheldon Road, St. Albans, VT  05478.  Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com .
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