Hector "Jerry" Henry Girard Jr.
July 4, 1936 – March 18, 2021
Hector H. "Jerry" Girard, Jr., 84, a long-time resident of Keene, NH, passed away peacefully at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA on Thursday, March 18, 2021, with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Nashua, NH on July 4, 1936 the son of Hector H. and Lillian (Lévesque) Girard, Sr. He grew up and attended schools in Nashua and graduated from Nashua High School in 1955.
Jerry served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1958.
He started working with his father in his dental laboratory when he was fourteen years old. After moving to Keene in 1959, Jerry opened and operated the Keene Dental Lab, which served dentists in the communities of Keene and Marlborough NH and Brattleboro and Bellows Falls VT until his retirement in 2019.
He was a member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and attended St. Bernard’s Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister.
Jerry was known for his sense of humor, warm personality and ability to put people at ease. He enjoyed exploring nature with his family and summer vacations at Wells Beach, ME. His favorite outdoor activities were swimming, tennis, hiking, and biking. He loved large family gatherings and had an extensive network of friends who would join for weekend cookouts. He enjoyed poker, which he played with his sons and monthly with a group of friends for decades. Jerry was an avid reader and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Most of all he loved sharing his wisdom in conversation with others and spending time with his wife Jeanne.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jeanne (Brodeur) Girard; five children; Peter H. Girard and his wife Pak Yen Lim of Cambridge, MA, Michael A. Girard and his wife Joetta of Stratham, NH, Vivian L. Williams and her husband Anthony of Hampton, VA, Philip D. Girard and his wife Sheri of Deerfield, NH and Andrew J. Girard and his wife Meghan of Bridgewater, MA.
Nine grandchildren; Keith Girard, Marie Hall, Jacob Williams, Joshua Williams, Jessica Girard, Arthur Girard, William Girard, Summer Girard, and Nolan Girard; three great-grandchildren, James Williams, Noah Williams, and Ayla Girard and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Paul Girard in 1999, and two sisters, Madeline Meattey and Vivian Desjardins.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Church, 185 Main Street, Keene, NH on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. There are no public visiting hours. All those in attendance at the funeral mass and committal services are required to wear facemasks and to maintain the physical distancing requirements. Thank you and be safe!
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the Sisters of Holy Cross, Development Office, 365 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH 03109-4811; or to St. Vincent de Paul, c/o Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431.
- Jeanne (Brodeur) Girard, Wife
- Peter H. Girard (Pak Yen Lim), Son
- Michael A. Girard (Joetta), Son
- Vivian L. Wiliams (Anthony), Wife
- Philip D. Girard (Sheri), Son
- Andrew J. Girard (Meghan), Son
- Keith Girard, Grandson
- Marie Hall, Granddaughter
- Jacob Williams, Grandson
- Joshua Williams, Grandson
- Jessica Girard, Granddaughter
- Arthur Girard, Grandson
- William Girard, Grandson
- Summer Girard, Granddaughter
- Nolan Girard, Grandson
- James Williams, Great Grandson
- Noah Williams, Great Grandson
- Ayla Girard, Great Granddaughter
- Paul Girard, Son (deceased)
- Madeline Meattey, Sister (deceased)
- Vivian Desjardins, Sister (deceased)
- Lillian (Levesque) Girard, Mother (deceased)
- Hector H. Girard, Sr., Father (deceased)
- Jerry is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
St. Vincent dePaul Society
c/o Parish of the Holy Spirit 161 Main Street , Keene, New Hampshire 03431
Sisters of the Holy Cross
Development Office 365 Island Pond Road , Manchester, New Hampshire 03109-4811
A Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Burial with committal prayers following the mass in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene.
Hector "Jerry" Henry Girard Jr.
March 25, 2021
Sincere condolences to the entire Girard family on Jerry's passing. As a friend of Peter's for decades since attending KHS and UNH together, I have many memories of visiting the Girard home and Jerry's dental lab off Court Street where his storytelling and infectious humor always brought smiles. Jerry left a great legacy in his lab work customers and large extended family. May fond memories bring you all comfort during this time of sorrow.
March 23, 2021
Dear Jeanne and family,
I am so saddened to learn of jerry.s passing. He was such a great person,,.a role model. I remember all the great times Phyllis and I had with both of. You,I was so sorry to learn you lost Paul. We know they. Are happy with god and we all will be together in heaven. I married a wonderful women catholic Elizabeth.she was a widow like me. We met in church. She used to bring communion to Phyllis.Elizabeth is the mother of 8. She graduated from deconness school of. Nursing and. Did labor and delivery for 40 years, she is also a,,lawyer , a dr of law from u of Florida. We are very happy together. My prayers are with yo
March 22, 2021
So many memories of the Crestview Street home of Jerry and Jeanne and the entire family. Spent many a summer day in the pool and enjoying the cookouts. When not at the grill, "Mr. Girard" was often working away in the lab but always outgoing, gregarious, and a pleasure to talk with. He was a proud man (and rightfully so) of family and faith. My condolences to the entire family. I am sure he will be greatly missed.
March 22, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy to all of Jerry's family.
They were the best neighbors anyone could
March 21, 2021
He always stated how fortunate he was to have a loving family and his ability to help others.
Love for his family and service to others was his life.
March 21, 2021
Thank You Hector
* For serving your country
* For your sense of humor
* For your dedication, love and devotion to your family and friends
* For Being an incredible role model
* For welcoming and embracing so many
* For a forgiving a heart
* For embracing and carrying out the corporal works of mercy
* For being a terrific father in law
* For always complimenting my cooking
* For the many years of wonderful Wells beach memories
* For joining Michael and I along with Mom on very fun finger lake trips
* For being a man of strong faith
* For living life well and inspiring others to do the same.
* For being a blessing to the very end of life’s journey
* For modeling how to leave this life with dignity and respect
Thank you Hector Henry Girard, my dear Father-in-law for just being you
We will miss you dearly till we meet again 💕🙏
With much love,
March 20, 2021
Hector entered the Brodeur clan and soon realized he married not only Jeanne but a gang of many. This gang was laughter and love , Hector soon promoted his personal form of comeradery, which could not be denied, Hector was from a single mold and will never be forgotten. Well Jeanne we are walking this path with you and will forever remember Jerry, Cousin Paul
March 20, 2021
We are so very sorry... our hearts are full of sadness too. Jerry Girard was the kindest and dearest man ever. His smile was the best and he made us feel happier just being in his presence. We were so blessed to have him as our treasured friend. Rest in Peace Jerry.
I shall always remember his trivia questions to me , but especially the one about how many seeds does a strawberry have. He loved that one!
May your precious memories bring peace into each of your hearts, especially you dear Jeanne.
With our deepest condolences and love,
Donna, Beryl, Katharine and Bri ❤️