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Willard Bard

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Willard "Beaver" Bard

1934 2014 Willard Raymond "Beaver" Bard, 79, of 3 Myrtle St., Adams, died on Monday, January 20, 2014 at his home. He was born in Adams on February 17, 1934, son of the late Willard and Exilda (Vanier) Bard. He attended schools in Adams. Willard served his country in the US Army and the National Guard, where he was honorably discharged from both. Williard worked for the Town of Adams for many years in the Parks Department until retiring as parks supervisor. He also served as a longtime member of the Adams Park Commission and a member of the Maple Grove Civic Club. He was a communicant of the Parish of Blessed John Paul, Adams. Willard devoted his life to the youth of Adams through sports. He was a coach for over 55 years for Adams Little League baseball, Adams Police Athletic League basketball, and Adams Church League basketball. The Town of Adams recognized Willard's dedication to the town's youth in 1989 by dedicating the newly renovated Little League baseball field as the Willard "Beaver" Bard Little League Park. In 2005, Governor Mitt Romney recognized Willard by awarding him the Governor's Point of Light Award for his dedication to the youth of the Town of Adams. Willard's wife, the former Jacqueline Bostwick, passed away January 20, 2004. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Trudeau and her husband Richard of Adams; His niece, Jacqueline Pedercini of Adams and his nephews, Gary Trudeau and his wife Elizabeth of Cheshire and Charles Bombardier of Clarksburg; His great nieces and nephew, Jennifer Kuczynski, Sarah Pedercini, Michael Pedercini and Rachel Green. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Krok. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Saturday, January 25th, at 11:00AM from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon in the Parish Church of Blessed John Paul, celebrated by Rev. John Gawienowski. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours are Friday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Please help continuing Beaver's dream of helping the youth of Adams through sports. Memorial donations may be made to the Adams/Cheshire Little League, PO Box 302, Adams MA 01220 or the Adams PAL, PO Box 241. Adams, MA 01220 To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 22, 2014
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13 Hoosac St Adams, MA 01220
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