JAFFREY - Robert C. Duchaine, 79, of 9 Forest Park, Jaffrey, formerly of Gardner, Mass., and Templeton, Mass., died peacefully Monday morning, Jan. 13, 2014 in Monadnock Community Hospital, with his family at his side.
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He was born in New Bedford, Mass., on Dec. 31, 1934, the son of the late Jerry and Edna (Robillard) Duchaine, and lived in Gardner for many years. For the last year, he had lived in Jaffrey, after moving from Templeton. He was a previous resident of Hyannis, Mass., Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Illinois.
Bob proudly served his country during the Korean War as a member of the United States Navy. He served in three branches, the Navy, Army and Air Force and served for many years as a member of the Army National Guard. Bob worked as a paint sprayer at Simplex and for many wood shops in Gardner. He also had worked as a custodian for eight years for the Jaffrey-Rindge School District. A member of the American Legion in Gardner, Bob was an avid bowler and enjoyed bowling at Gardner Ten Pins.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Alice M. (Doiron) Duchaine; six children, Alan Michael Duchaine of Worcester, Mass., Michael Alan Duchaine of Jaffrey, Mary Marois and her husband, William, of Templeton, Lillian McDaniel of North Carolina, Barbara Bennett of Houston, Texas and Rose Barros and her husband, Michael, of Houston, Texas; a sister, Eleanor Alard of New Bedford; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Military funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. in Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon. The Rev. Francis A. Roberge will officiate.
Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central St., Winchendon are Saturday, Jan.18, from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts Special Olympics, 512 Forest St.
Marlborough, MA 01752.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Jan. 16, 2014