CHICOPEE - Robert L. Simard, 96, a lifelong resident of Chicopee, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.
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Born April 27, 1917, in Springfield, he was the son of the late Albert E. and Sarah (Bourque) Simard. Robert attended Chicopee High School and worked at Savage Arms in both Chicopee and Westfield for 43 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a technical sergeant in the Army during World War II, serving with the Anti-Tank Company of the 104th Infantry 26th Infantry Division which was engaged in combat in the European Theater under the command of General George Patton. Robert received the bronze star and was a member of the American Legion Post 275.
He was a communicant of the former St. George Church in Chicopee and currently was a member of Mary, Mother of Hope Church in Springfield.
Bob enjoyed fly fishing, pheasant hunting, and especially loved spending time at his summerhouse on Lake Damon in Chesterfield where he lovingly taught each of his grandchildren to row the boat, to fish and to enjoy the outdoors the way he did.
Married Aug. 2, 1947, he leaves his wife of 66 years, Irene C. (Landers) Simard; his son David R. Simard and his wife JoDee of Cummington; his daughter Gail M. Stathis and her husband Steven of Longmeadow; and his sister Constance "Elaine" Swierk of Chicopee. He was a devoted grandfather and will be greatly missed by his four grandchildren, Diana and Simon Simard, and Tia and Luke Stathis.
He was predeceased by his brother Wilbur E. Simard in 2006.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 11:30 a.m. from the Tylunas Funeral Home, 159 Broadway St., Chicopee, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Mary, Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd, Springfield, at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam.
Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 23, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Donations may be made to Senior Center Building Fund, 7 Valley View Court, Chicopee, MA 01020.
For further information please visit Tylunasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 21, 2013