Richard Girard

Obituary of Richard Arsene Girard

GIRARD, Richard (Dick) - Richard passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Twin Lakes Terrace Nursing Home at the age of 91. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Jean (Dennison). Beloved father to John (Laurie), Michael (1998), David Lawrie (Val), and John Lawrie (2005). Cherished grandfather of Michael (Rachel), Courtney (Robert), Tyler, and Dani. Loving great-grandfather of Damien, Mason, Alexis, Ariel, and Bo. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews and dear brother of Bernard (Veronica). Dick was also predeceased by his parents, George and Annie, his siblings, Alvina (Clifford), Hildegarde (Gord), Alphonse (Kate), Jeanette (Merle), and Theresa (John), and his sister-in-law and life-long bridge partners, Maxine and Jim Vessey. Born July 26, 1929, on his family farm outside Merlin, Ontario, Dick left the farm in 1960. After living briefly in Chatham, he moved to Windsor (1965) before ultimately settling in Sarnia (1975), where he worked as the manager for Coca Cola in Sarnia Lambton until his retirement in 1990. Dick enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels and playing cards at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #62. He rarely missed a Detroit Tigers game and loved golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family. Always eager to share a story or joke, Dick was well known for his quick wit. As a long-time member of Sacred Heart Parish and weekly participant in 5:00 Saturday mass, he especially relished joking with Father Len during his time at Sacred Heart. The family would like to express their thanks to the thoughtful and caring staff of Twin Lakes Terrace (2nd floor staff) during his stay and to Dr. Peterson. Special thanks to Krisann from LHIN and the staff at Bayshore for helping us keep Dick at home as long as we did. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Please note that masks/face coverings are mandatory. No flowers, please; sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Vincent De Paul or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62.  Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at




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