EDWARD F. "DICK" MENARD - LINCOLN - Edward F. "Dick" Menard, 78, one of the most unique and kind men ever known, was lifted away quietly on Sept. 13, 2013, while he slept surrounded by his family at his home in Lincoln. He was loved by many, his family will miss him, and may God greet him with open arms. Dick was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Winooski, the son of the late Edoard and Yvonne Villemaire Menard. On Dec. 2, 1961, Dick married Claire J. Desautels in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. He served with the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1957. He was highly decorated for service in the Korean Conflict and in Turkey under the NATO Command. He owned and operated Dick's Barber Shop in Winooski for 27 years, and then went to work with the Burlington School District prior to his retirement. He served as a lay minister at St. Ambrose in Bristol, and was an honorary deacon at United Church of Lincoln. He was a volunteer in the Chaplaincy Department at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Dick received the Freeman of the Year Award in 2012 from the Libanus Lodge #47 F&AM of Bristol. He enjoyed participating in the Eastern Star, The Old Farts Club, The White Hat Society, the American Legion, the VFW and the DAV. Dick is survived by his wife to whom he was married for 51 years, Claire of Lincoln; their children, daughter, Louise M. Menard and fiance, Court W. Rutherford, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and granddaughter, Katherine E. Grenier and fiance, Shana Lewis; daughter, Therese M. Kwock and husband, Rick, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and granddaughters, Nicole Gomes and fiance, Rob Witbeck, and Elizabeth and Grace Kwock; daughter, Susan M. Anderson-Brown and husband, Peter Brown, of Lincoln, and granddaughter, Victoria H-L Brown and fiance, Stephen Gragg; son, Reginald E. Menard and wife, Janet, of New Haven, and grandchildren, Reagan Menard and Jenna and Andrew Cloutier. The family would like to thank the staff of Addison County Home Health and Hospice, especially Ann Gibbons, RN, Sara Audit LILSW, and Laura Dame, RN, and a special thanks to Alix Martell for her special care and loving hands. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol from 5 to 8 p.m. A private Funeral Mass and burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at United Church of Lincoln, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 15, 2013