ALLENSTOWN – Mr. Edward Francis Girard, 80, of Allenstown, passed away unexpectedly on August 23, 2018.
Born in Concord, NH he was the son of the late Henry and Beatrice (Lavallee) Girard. He was raised and educated in both Epsom and Pembroke NH, he lived in the Suncook Valley area for most of his life. He enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his Country during the Korean Conflict.
Prior to his retirement he worked for R.C. Foss and Son in Pittsfield NH and Trapper Brown Corporation. He later was self employed as a General Contractor; many homes in the Pembroke and Epsom area were built by Francis. He owned and operated the Snow Safari Shop in Epsom, NH. He loved serving his customers and was known to them as being available anytime they needed him. Later in his career he worked for Greenlands Power Equipment, T&T Power Equipment and Care Pharmacy.
Francis loved gardening. He easily transformed patches of land with beautiful flowers, vegetables and decorative plants. He loved animals of any kind; he once was given a turkey meant for Thanksgiving dinner who 10 years later was still happily enjoying life in the gardens. He was a social man who always had a smile or a kind word for friends and strangers alike.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Dorothy A. (Garand) Girard; his three children, Sheryl Gauthier and her husband Paul of Laconia, Cynthia Robbins and her husband George of Dunbarton and Ronald Girard and his wife Lisa of Cape Cod, MA. His grandchildren, Jon Rook, Danielle Belair and Jacob Belair, Caitlin Robbins and Eric Bragg and his wife Elise; two great-grandchildren, Henry Bragg and Gweneth Bragg; his siblings, Leo Girard and his significant other Susan Gilman of Hopkinton and Cecile Connor and her husband Charles of Pembroke; his sister-in-law Betty Audet and her significant other Art Pearson of Epsom; and many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his sister Jean Paquette of Epsom.
A Calling Hour will be held on Thursday, August 30th from 10 to 11 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be sent to the Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease Program, C/O The Downtown Gym, 171 Fair Street, Laconia, NH 03246. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.petitroan.com.