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MG (Ret) Wilfred C. Menard, Jr.

AGE: 93 • Trenton

Major General (Ret) Wilfred Charles Menard Jr. died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at the age of 93. Born in Trenton, NJ, he was a life-long resident of the area and a graduate of Cathedral High School and Rider College. Son of the late Wilfred C. Menard and Bridget (Della) Dewan, General Menard is survived by his wife, Beatrice E. Murday Menard; daughters, Marilee Menard and Barbara Wolpoff; son-in-law, Stan Wolpoff; grandsons, Charles Harvey, Benjamin Wolpoff. and David Wolpoff; a niece, Michele Lukens and cousins, Sister Marie LaSalle Mullen and Mary McCormick Garruba. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary E. (Betty) Wagner Menard and his son, Wilfred III.

General Menard entered the armed forces in 1941, commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1942 and separated in 1945 in the rank of Captain. He joined the New Jersey National Guard in 1946 and commanded at the Battalion, Group, and Division Artillery levels. He was recalled to active duty in 1961 for one year with the 112th Artillery Group in the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was promoted to Colonel in 1962, Brigadier General of the Line in 1969 and Major General in 1974. He joined the Military Department of New Jersey in 1954. In 1967 he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff of the Department and in 1974 Governor Brendan T. Byrne named him Chief of Staff, a cabinet position, in the rank of Major General to serve as Adjutant General and Commander of the New Jersey Army and Air National Guard. He retired in 1982. General Menard's military recognitions include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal. the Army Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Guard Bureau Order of the Eagle, the New Jersey Medal of Honor, the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and the New Jersey Medal of Merit. He was recognized by Resolutions of both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly for his outstanding military and civilian service to New Jersey. In 1987 he was inducted into the U.S. Army Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame. General Menard was named recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's Good Guy Award and Rider University named him a Graduate of the Year. He served for a number of years on the Board of Trustees, Helene Fuld Medical Center.

Mass will be celebrated at Saint Elizabeth Church, 424 Lincoln Ave., Avon, NJ at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 24. Friends will be received by the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the services. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery at approximately 1:00 p.m. The funeral is under the direction of Reilly Funeral Home, 801 D Street, Belmar, NJ 07719. In lieu of other remembrances, it is requested that donations be given to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Community at Mount St. Mary, Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069 or the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum, 151 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 23, 2012
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