Alfred J. Menard, III
SOUTH YARMOUTH - Alfred J. ("Fred"/"AJ") Menard, III, 80, passed away at home on Friday, February 28, 2014.
Born in Manville, he was the son of the late Rhode Island House Speaker, Alfred U. Menard, II and Flora (Lessard) Menard. He was the husband of Roxanne L. (Masson) Menard, RN, formerly of Shawinigan Falls, SUD, P.Q. Canada, and was a resident of South Yarmouth, MA.
Mr. Menard is survived by his four children - Alfred R. Menard, IV, and his wife Laura Wistow of Gloucester, John R. Menard of Washington, D.C., Sandra P. Menard, RPh. of Cape Coral, FL., and Dr. James D. Menard, and his wife Jennifer Keeler Menard, of Hillsborough, N.H., as well as his four grandchildren - Jessica M. Voyer and Jason R. Voyer of Lincoln, RI, Alfred M. Menard, V of Gloucester, and Maisy B. Menard of Hillsborough, NH. Mr. Menard also has three siblings - Raymond H. Menard, PhD, of Orlando, FL; Robert S. Menard, RPh, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Dorothy Menard of Lake Champlain, NY.
Mr. Menard was a 2nd generation funeral director working alongside his late father who founded the firm in Manville in 1935. Together they established a funeral home on Carrington Ave. in 1956 and he continued serving families in the area until his retirement in 1999.
Mr. Menard was a 45-year member of the National and Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association, as well as having served his country as a Korean Army Veteran with the 5th Armor Division and the 7770 Mortuary Detachment Division in France. He was the Founding President of the Woonsocket Comet Hockey Assoc., and Past President of the Lions Club of Lincoln, where he was also a Melvin Jones Fellow. He operated and directed the "Radio Lions" program in Lincoln, on WWON Radio annually and produced and directed the "Lions Corner Monthly" TV program in S. Yarmouth, which aired on PBS.
Being a model Railroad O'Gauge train collector and operator, Mr. Menard was a member of the Train Collectors Club of America, the Train Collectors Assoc., Lionel Collectors Club of America, Lionel Railroad Club and the Cape Cod HiRailers Club. Mr. Menard was a former Cub Scout leader of Troop 6 in Woonsocket, RI, along with his wife, and he donated the bandstand to the Manville Veteran's Memorial Park, as well as having planted Crimson trees in the park in honor of past veterans.
In his earlier years, he was an honorary Police Officer in Rhode Island, working at the former Lincoln Downs Racetrack. After retirement from working in the funeral profession for 45 years he formed the Cape Rocker Co., selling folding solid rock maple chairs imported from Canada out of his storefront in West Yarmouth, MA.
Mr. Menard was a devout Catholic and former member of Precious Blood Church, Woonsocket, as well as a current member of St. Pius X Church, S. Yarmouth, MA. He was a CYO member at St. James Parish in Manville in his youth.
Calling hours will be held from 7pm - 9pm on Thursday, March 6th, at Morris, O'Connor & Blute Funeral Home, S. Yarmouth, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 7th at 11:00 AM at St. Pius X Church, Station Ave., S. Yarmouth, MA.
Burial with Military Honors will be held at 11:15 am on Saturday, Mar 8th, at the Rev. Eugene Lessard lot within St. James Cemetery in Manville.
Local arrangements are by the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave. Woonsocket.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Barnstable Lions Club Children's Eye Care Program, c/o Roxanne Menard, P.O. Box 1199, S. Yarmouth, MA 02664.
Notes of comfort and sympathy may be sent to the family at
www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com or at www.menardfuneralhome.com
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