LAKELAND - John J. Giguere, 82, of Lakeland, FL, passed away at home on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from heart failure.
John was married for 59 wonderful years to his beloved wife, Andrée, by whom he is survived, along with their six loving children Richard Giguere of North Eastham, MA, Christine Giguere of Arlington, MA, Thomas Giguere of Brookfield, NH, Catherine Tierney of Chelmsford, MA, Denise Rizoli of Milford, MA, and Jean Beaupré of Thompson, CT; his sister and brother-in-law, Jacqueline and Richard David of Naples, FL; and sister-in-law, Constance Fleurant of Cumberland, RI. He was also beloved and will be missed by his daughters- and sons-in-law, 11 grandchildren, three soon to be five great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
John was born in Woonsocket, RI in 1931 to Hervé and Mary Giguere. A graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy and Providence College, he spent his career as a manufacturer's representative, traveling the beautiful roads of New England visiting his clients, many of whom became friends. John loved children, and spent many happy hours as a youth baseball coach and a tutor. A natural athlete, John excelled in hockey as a young man and as a golfer for decades. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. In his retirement years, John was a proud volunteer for the Road to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society and other organizations.
His smile, laughter, kindness, and sense of curiosity will be missed by many. Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 210 West Lemon Street, Lakeland, on Saturday, August 10 at 11am, with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Haitian Health Foundation, 97 Sherman Street, Norwich CT 06360. www.haitianhealthfoundation.org
. An additional service will be held in New England at a date to be announced.
Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home at Serenity Gardens.