NORTHAMPTON - Norman Phileas Bouchard, 77, of 59 Union St., Northampton, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Norm was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Easthampton, the son of the late Phileas and Agnes (Foucault) Bouchard. He grew up on Northampton Street in Easthampton, where his parents ran a neighborhood store.
In 1955 he joined the U.S. Army and served as a member of the 101st Airborne Division until honorably discharged in 1963. It was during this time his musical talent really began to take root, playing with other musicians during his posting at Fort Campbell, Ky., near Nashville. A professional musician for more than 50 years, Norm played piano, both solo and with a variety of skilled instrumentalists as the Norm Bouchard Band, playing at venues throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Music was his life. He appreciated genres from jazz to classical, and particularly loved the works of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Giaccomo Puccini, and the great American songwriters of the 20th Century.
Animals were one of his other loves. Throughout his life he would adopt any strays he came upon. In 1975, he married his longtime girlfriend Alice (Winsky) Fine, to whom he remained devoted until her death in 1986. Her children Joe and Kim had looked on him as their father from an early age.
Along with his children, he leaves his siblings Yvonne King and Henry "Pete" Bouchard; two nephews; one niece; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his beloved girlfriend Teresa "Grace" Menard, and her extended family, which had welcomed him as one of their own and they became his as well.
A calling hour will be held Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton, with an in-house service starting at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Bridge Street Cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to the donors' local animal shelter or musical enrichment program.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 27, 2013