Raymond D. “Ray” Girouard, 92, husband, father, and fun-loving grandfather, passed away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home, with his loving clan by his side.
Ray leaves his beloved wife of 70 years, Nancy N. (Bell) Girouard; his children, Denis Girouard, of Worcester, Sandra Poirier and her husband Jeff, of Charlton, Pamela Convery and her husband David, of Holden, Diane Mason and her husband Peter, of Oxford, Brian Girouard and his wife Christine, of Charlton, Kimberly Zapolski and her husband Jon, of Franklin; his grandchildren, whom he lovingly taught the art of “Fanning” to: Jill Poirier and her partner Craig, Andrew Poirier, Kimberly Poirier, Michelle Girouard and her partner Ron, André Girouard and his partner Johnson, Jennelle Girouard and her partner Tyler, Kimberly Convery, Patrick Convery and his husband Jesse, Daniel Convery and his wife Julie, Katherine Curini and her husband David, Donald Bubar, Derrick Bubar, Matthew Girouard, Emily Girouard, Samuel Zapolski, and Elijah Zapolski; his great-grandchildren: Mikhaela, Jordan, Malikai, Madison, Anna, Atalia, Brady, Josie, Liliana, Luca, and Haylee; a great-great granddaughter, Nova; and his nieces and nephews, Debra, David, Dana, and Lisa. Ray was predeceased by his great-grandson, Owen Carrignan; his brother, Roger Girouard; and his parents, Albany and Alice (Magnan) Girouard.
He was born, raised, and educated in Worcester, and was a proud member of the fourth-graduating class of Holy Name High School. Ray then received his B.S. degree from Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He began his working career in his family’s construction firm and Cherry Valley Poultry Farm, later working as a Heavy Equipment Operator for J. Polito Construction. Ray retired after dedicated 33 years to Mutual Fire Insurance, where he was Senior Underwriter and Loss Prevention Specialist.
Ray will be remembered as being patient, kind, and lovingly devoted to his wife, caring for her in her illness. He was certainly a man of integrity. “King Raymond,” as he was known to his family, loved bluegrass music and was a “Jack of all trades;” he could fix anything you threw at him. He always had time, and made time, for his grandchildren. Ray will be cherished forever.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choosing.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather for Ray’s funeral Mass at 10 AM on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford St. N, Auburn. His burial will be held at a later date. The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with arrangements.