Robert "Jake" Marshall Giard
March 30, 1929 – September 30, 2020
Robert “Jake” Marshall Giard 91, of Kennebunk, ME and formally of Keene, NH, passed away on September 30, 2020 in Biddeford, ME, with his son and daughter-in-law by his side.
Robert was born on March 30, 1929 to Alfonso and Mary Jane “Marie” (Morin) Giard in Keene, NH. He has two siblings Leo Giard, who passed away in 2001, and Dorothy Giard of Keene. Robert is survived by two sons, Ronald Giard and wife, Cathi, of Kennebunk, and Marshall Giard of Lake Lure, NC; a stepdaughter Rhonda Goodnow and husband, Richard, of Fitzwilliam, NH. Preceded in death by a stepson, Steven Otis, of Fitzwilliam. He has four grandchildren, Angela Hickey of Jackson, NJ, Jeremy and wife, Anna Giard, of Charlotte, NC, Jessica Giard of Keene, and Joshua Hudson of Keene. He has four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Sophia Hickey of Jackson, NJ, Victoria Maximova and Nicolas Giard of Charlotte, NC; and two nephews, Barry and Brad Beaudoin, of Troy, NH. He was previously married to Bertha (Beaudoin) Holman of Fitzwilliam, and was preceded in death by his companion of over 40 years, Elizabeth Murphy, who passed in 2017.
Robert loved racing and watching all sports, in his older years he enjoyed watching golf and game shows, Family Feud and Jeopardy were his favorites. He could often be found scavenging yard sales for great deals on items and was always coming home with little trinkets; he also had a vast assortment of clocks and racing posters from all eras. He used to love to feed the chipmunks and squirrels and would often have his pockets full of acorns for them. Every spring and summer you would find him tended to his garden, he loved to grow vegetables and flowers. He also loved to watch the birds and he always a bird feeder near him, so he could see them year-round. In his younger years, Robert loved playing cards, fishing and spending time at Squam Lake.
Robert attended Keene schools, after graduation he enlisted in the Army, and was in the Korean War. He worked as a delivery driver for Adam’s Lumber, and as a plumber at Economy Plumbing and Heating. He also built four houses with his brother Leo in Swanzey, NH.
He spent his retirement years living in Daytona Beach Shores in the winter and Keene in the summer months with his companion Elizabeth Murphy. The last five years he spent his summers living at Squam Lake and winters in Kennebunk with his son and daughter-in-law.
In keeping with Robert’s wishes, there will be a private graveside service for immediate family.
In keeping with Robert's wishes, services and burial will be private.
Robert "Jake" Marshall Giard
October 12, 2020
FOR" Ron and Cathi , and Dottie Giard and Family
Belated and Deepest Condolences for your loss. I remember on several occasions -- speaking (briefly) and waving to your dad/brother while he was at Fairbanks St. house . He was a great guy and had a gentle, kind spirit... I noticed a quiet strength with a wonderful sense of humor and insight. -He left a lasting impression and will be missed by many. May he rest in peace. Stay strong and be well.
Kelli (Murphy) Marazoff
October 5, 2020
My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I have nothing but fond memories of Jake that go back to when I was just a little girl. He was a truly lovable and kind person.
The smile in the picture here is how I will forever remember him. He's with my son, Trevor and my niece Aubrey, and nephew Brody (in Jake's arms).
--Kelli (Murphy) Marazoff