Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes â€śSmart Selectâ€ť whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral homeâ€™s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In todayâ€™s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, â€śHonoring a Lifeâ€ť allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Joseph "Gene” E. Drouin, Sr., 87, of 194 Central St., Gardner died Wednesday in his residence following a long illness.
Born in Winchendon on June 20, 1916, he was the son of Alfred and Beatrice (Bourgault) Drouin.
He was an assembler employed by Simplex Time Recorder 18 years, retiring in 1983. He was previously employed by the former Florence Stove Co. of Gardner.
He was a member of V.F.W. Ovila Case Post 905 of Gardner and the American Legion Post 129 of Gardner. He was an avid bowler and participated in both league as well as tournaments including winning the 1971 State Championships in the team event representing Simplex. He often frequented the Gardner Ten Pins where he coached and cheered for his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing pool.
Mr. Drouin was a World War II U.S. Army Staff Sergeant serving in the 4608th Quartermaster Truck Company. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Star.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, Patricia M. (Bourque) Drouin of Gardner; 3 sons, Joseph E. Drouin Jr. of Gardner, Donald E. Drouin of Westminster and Michael W. Drouin of Winchendon; 3 daughters, Diana M. Nicholson of Morris, IL, Leona Biskie of South Africa and Cheryl L. Taylor of Westminster, VT; 3 brothers, John Drouin of Orange, George Drouin of Gardner and Joseph "Al” Drouin of Winchendon; 3 sisters, Rachel Brouillet, Marie "Pauline” Murray, both of Templeton and Anna "Marion” Richard of Phillipston; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. A daughter, Christine L. Drouin of South Royalston died in 1952.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner.
Following cremation, burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Winchendon.
A calling hour at the funeral home will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gardner Visiting Nursing Assn., 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440.
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