Gary A. Croteau, 67, died unexpectedly Nov. 20th at Baystate Medical Center. Gary was born in Springfield, son of the late George and Theresa (Wells) Croteau. He grew up in West Springfield and lived in Agawam for 21 years before returning to West Springfield. A 1972 graduate of West Springfield High School, Gary began his career alongside his Dad George at Moore Drop Forge in Springfield. Next, he worked as a Machine Operator for 14 years at Sullivan Paper before spending another 14 years, before retiring, at Agawam Housing Authority as a Maintenance Technician, and recently, as a driver for Longonot Transportation Company. Gary was a long-time member of Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam. He leaves his wife Kathleen (Joubert) Croteau; son Jason Croteau and his wife Courtney Ragion, daughter Jamielee Croteau and her partner Steve Clark; ; stepchildren Matt Duzniewski and his wife Leanne, Caitlin Joubert and her partner Christian Smith, Megan Diaz and her husband Jonathan, Kara Santiago, Joshua Joubert; nine grandchildren- Ashleigh, Brianna, Devlin and Charleigh Croteau; Taleah Diaz, Helios and Carmine Moreno, Joshua Grayson Santiago, and Lucien Smith; a brother Larry Croteau and his wife Liz; sister Sherry Dearden, half-sister Nadine Conder and husband Jim, and his mother-in-law Anne Joubert. Gary also leaves his nieces and nephews Melanie & Benjamin Croteau, Chantal & Ashley Bourbeau, Nick Gulluini, David (Michelle) & Billy Dearden, and his great-nieces & nephews Drew, Jax, and Gianna Dearden & Manny Perez. As well as many friends and extended family members. Gary was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his two children Debbie (Passon) Croteau, and his brother-in-law Wayne Dearden. Visiting hours will be held at the West Springfield Curran-Jones Funeral Home Thursday Dec. 2nd from 4:00 – 7:00pm. A celebration of life service will be held on Dec. 3rd at 11 AM at Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam Ma.
Published by The Republican from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2021.