Wilfred J. Gendron

BARRE - Wilfred J. Gendron, 87, of North Harrison Street in Beverly Hills, Fla., and formerly of Barre, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the Healthcare at Bentwood Nursing Home in Lecanto, Fla.

Born in Barre on Sept. 9, 1925, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Marie-Ange (Demers) Gendron.

Wilfred attended St. Monica Catholic School in Barre and was a graduate of Spaulding High School.

On Sept. 29, 1951, he married Jacqueline Davignon in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. The couple made their home in Barre, where they raised their family.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1954. After his discharge, he returned to Barre, where he was employed at the Vermont State Liquor Store and later worked at the U.S. Post Office as a postal clerk until his retirement in 1987. After his retirement, he and his wife, Jacqueline, moved to Florida, where they have resided for many years.

He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Florida and the Canadian Club of Barre.

Among his interests were gardening and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years of marriage, Jacqueline Gendron, of Florida; two sons, Robert Gendron, of Barre, and Paul Gendron, of Portland, Maine; one daughter, Nancy Parker, and her husband, Buck, of Montpelier; two grandchildren, Jennifer Parker and her companion, Tom Fink, of Shelburne, Nicole Merchant and her husband, Justin, of East Orange; and two great-grandchildren, Keegan Merchant and Macynlee Merchant, also of East Orange. Also surviving is one brother, Leo Gendron, and his wife, Patty, of Beverly Hills, Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by one sister, Angie Loso, and one brother, Gerry Gendron.

Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre Friday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. Extra parking is available in St. Monica's parking lot.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Burial will follow at St. Sylvester Cemetery in Lower Websterville.

Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.

Published in Times Argus on Nov. 27, 2012