LOUISVILLE- Mr. Robert D. “Bob” Girard, 78, of 250 St. Hwy 131, Louisville, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, where he had been admitted Sunday. Bob had been in failing health for the past 5 and a half years.
Bob was born June 2, 1936 in Helena, son of the late Elie and Eveyln Rouselle Girard. He attended grade school in Louisville and graduated from Massena High School. He also took an apprenticeship at General Motors for Machine Repair, and retired after 30 years in Machine Repair. After retirement Bob worked at Corning in Canton for two years, and he was a Justice of the Peace for the Town of Louisville for over 30 years.
Robert married Cynthia A. Paige on August 31, 1957 at the St. Lawrence Church in Louisville, with Rev. Wilfred Nugent officiating. Bob was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, St. Lawrence Council #1141 Knights of Columbus, Louisville Fire Department for many years, and was an exempt fireman. He coached little league baseball and hockey in Louisville. Bob enjoyed wood working, and made a hutch, dressers and many other items of furniture for family members. He especially enjoyed time with all of his family, and especially his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cynthia; his six children, Robert Girard Jr., of Louisville; Greg Girard of Louisville; Wendy Girard and her husband Chris Hughes of Dannamora; Chris and Cynthia Girard of Buford, Georgia; Timothy Girard of North Carolina; and Daniel and Trista Girard of Louisville; his twelve grandchildren; three sisters Alma and Dennis Wilkins, FL; Joyce and Ray Legault, Louisville; Barbara Girard and her partner Dee, Louisville; a sister in law, Linda Girard, Louisville; and a brother, Carl and Lorenza Girard, Louisville; along with several nieces and nephews.
Robert was predeceased by one brother, Richard Girard.
Friends may call Thursday 3-7 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 AM at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Louisville, with Rev. Donald J. Manfred celebrating. Burial will follow at the St. Lawrence Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.