Richard L. "Dick" Gendron, 83, formerly of Millbury, left this life suddenly on Friday, February 12, 2021, in UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester, after a brief illness.
He leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Theresa M. (Messier) Gendron, whom he loved with all his heart; two daughters who adored him always and will miss him greatly, Michelle L. (Gendron) Cronin of Auburn and Cheryl A. Gendron of Shrewsbury; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur P. and Marie A. (Patenaude) Gendron; three brothers, Joseph A. Gendron, Alfred A. Gendron, and William T. Gendron; and a sister, Dorothea B. Oveka.
He was born in Millbury on April 6, 1937, and lived there for 62 years before moving to Auburn in 1999. He was a graduate of Millbury Memorial High School.
Dick served for 40 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, retiring in 1997 as a Master Sergeant. While in the Guard, he served for two years on Active Duty and then was assigned to the 181st Infantry, and then the 110th Armor, 26th Infantry Division, MA Army National Guard. Dick also worked for 23 years as a Unit Administrator in the Guard, retiring in 1997.
Dick was a parishioner of St. Brigid's Catholic Parish, Millbury, where he attended the 7:00 A.M. Sunday Mass and delighted in Father Dan's homilies. Previously, he was a member of Assumption Catholic Parish, Millbury, where he enjoyed being active with the Assumption School Parent-Teachers Guild and Assumption Parish Bingo and devoting a great deal of time and effort to many other parish activities. He even organized and hosted dinners in the church hall, most memorably, a spaghetti supper complete with Italian decor including checkered tablecloths and candle wax-dripped wine bottles.
Dick was also a member of Chester P. Tuttle Post #279, American Legion, Auburn, and enjoyed having a beer with his friends at the Post.
He loved to cook wonderful meals for his family and liked to relax in his home. For the past few years, he enjoyed wintering at Myrtle Beach, SC, where he could escape snowy New England.
His funeral will be Wednesday, February 17, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. in St. Brigid's Catholic Church, 59 Main St., Millbury. Because of COVID-19, face masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will be in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Millbury. There are no calling hours. Turgeon Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Millbury, is assisting Dick's family.
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