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Hector J. "Shorty" Gaudet

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Hector J. 'Shorty' Gaudet
of Fitchburg, WWll Vet; 86

FITCHBURG -- Hector J. "Shorty" Gaudet, 86, formerly of St. Joseph Avenue, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Health Alliance - Leominster Hospital.

Mr. Gaudet was born in Fitchburg, April 10, 1927, a son of Albert and Eva (Leger) Gaudet, and was a lifelong resident of Fitchburg.

He had worked at Ford Parts Rebuilders Company, Fallulah Paper and Vogue Wallpaper Company, all in Fitchburg.

During WWII, Mr. Gaudet served his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the American Legion Post #429, AMVETS, and the Franco-American Club.

An accomplished guitarist, Mr. Gaudet played in several area bands under the pseudonym "Shorty Strad". He was an original member of the "Bob Bell and the Sundowners", was part of the house band at the Lone Star Ranch in Reeds Ferry, NH for three years, and appeared regularly at the Fitchburg American Legion Post, Richard's Cafe in Gardner and in Sunday Jamborees at the Franco American Club. In 2011, the Sundowners were presented with The Hall of Fame Award by the Massachusetts Country Music Award Association.

He leaves his longtime companion, Joan Caron of Fitchburg; two brothers and their wives, Roger and Connie Gaudet and Norman and Jeanette Gaudet, both of Fitchburg; a brother-in law and sister-in law, Antoinette Gaudet and Joseph Martino, both of Florida; his stepdaughter, Lori Nash and her husband, Bruce of Lunenburg; three grandchildren, Bruce Nash and his wife, Carrie, Kristine Nash, Stacie Nash; three great-grandchildren, Kailey Gendron, Madison Leigh Nash, Mason Nash; and several nieces and nephews

He was the brother of the late Emile Gaudet, Bertha Martino, and Stella Bastarache.

GAUDET -- A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 A.M., Wednesday, March 12th at St. Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland Street, Fitchburg. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. There are no calling hours. The Isabelle & Anderson Funeral Home, 316 Clarendon Street, Fitchburg is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Mar. 8, 2014
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