OBITUARY

Ernest Girouard

November 5, 1931March 4, 2018

Ernest Girouard, age 86, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Brandon Woods of New Bedford. He was the loving husband of Doris E. (Whalley) Girouard to whom he was married for 64 years.

Born in New Bedford, son of the late Evariste and Leda (LeBlanc) Girouard, he was a longtime resident of East Freetown.

A dedicated Firefighter for the City of New Bedford, he worked at Station 9 and Station 5 for over 34 years until his retirement in 1995. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he served during the Korean Conflict. A graduate of Bristol Community College, he earned an Associate’s degree in Fire Science.

An active man, he enjoyed playing tennis and ice hockey with his friends in the fire department. A skilled repairman on the side, he was often generously helping others with their heating and plumbing repairs. An ardent sports fan, he loved following the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Douglas Girouard and his wife Elizabeth; two daughters, Joan and Gail Girouard; one sister, Theresa Pelletier; four grandchildren, Taylor, Trent, Jenna and Jamie; four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Rayah, Haven and Quinn; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Norman, Oscar and Herve Girouard, as well as Doris Lavoie, Yvette Bralewski, Flora Fernandes and Irene Bielski.

His Memorial Service will be held on March 15, 2018 at 9:45 AM in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford with burial in Acushnet Cemetery, 91 Main St., Acushnet. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 9:45 AM in the funeral home prior to the service. For tributes and directions, www.rock-funeralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • The late Evariste Girouard, Father
  • The late Leda (LeBlanc) Girouard, Mother
  • Doris E. (Whalley) Girouard, Wife
  • Douglas Girouard and his wife Elizabeth, Son
  • Joan Girouard, Daughter
  • Gail Girouard, Daughter
  • Theresa Pelletier, Sister
  • The late Doris Lavoie, Sister
  • The late Yvette Bralewski, Sister
  • The late Flora Fernandes, Sister
  • The late Irene Bielski, Sister
  • The late Norman Girouard, Brother
  • The late Oscar Girouard, Brother
  • The late Herve Girouard, Brother
  • Taylor, Trent, Jenna and Jamie, Grandchildren
  • Peyton, Rayah, Haven and Quinn, Great-grandchildren

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, March 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Ernest Girouard

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Doug Girouard

March 22, 2018

My Dad

If I had to use one phrase to describe my dad it would be he made things better. No matter the situation, he would always be looking for ways to make it better. This applied to little things like somebody’s broken water heater and to bigger things such as traveling to California with his granddaughter so she could visit me. Whatever it was, he made it better.

My dad wouldn’t pass judgement on how situations came to be, he would just do what he could to improve them. Many people whose lives were touched by my dad experienced this and not until later in life did I appreciate what a gift this was. Thanks to my dad, I always had the luxury of knowing, whatever the situation was, he would be there to help. It was like living life with a safety net and I find it difficult to express how much gratitude I have for this. He made my life better.

My dad helped people not for praise, accolades, or recognition, but for how good it made him feel. I think this is why he loved being a firefighter so much. He was a selfless person who genuinely enjoyed helping people and could always be counted on to help make things better.

My dad was an eternal optimist. When I was young, he often said to me he would look at situations and say “what’s the worst that can happen?” He would then find ways to address the worst and make it better.

My dad was very proud of his family and wanted nothing more than to see all of us live fulfilling lives. He was immensely proud of his grandchildren who, I proudly say, have grown into the fine people they are in big part due to the influence of my dad. His influence made them better.

My dad and mom have been married for more than 64 years. I cannot imagine better parents than they have been. In raising my family, I measure myself to the standard they set. Together, they made things better.

My dad set a very high standard with his kindness and generosity. He knew making things better was a key to being content with yourself and

Douglas Seifert

March 15, 2018

He will always be "Mr. Girouard" to me. Growing up in East Freetown with his son and my best friend Doug I had the great opportunity of getting to know Mr. Girouard - his quirky sense of humor and the animated expressions he would give you when you did something that caught his attention or did something he thought was needed "addressing".

I remember when the Girouard family took me on a "road trip" to Disney in '81, our visits to the fire station #9 and getting soundly thrashed in tennis down at the courts in New Bedford.

I remember him most and I'm most appreciative of is how he taught me to work patiently with my hands, whether it was plumbing, car repair or working on my furnace. I work in an office today, so when folks ask me about how I know so much about repairing things I will always credit Mr. Girouard who invested his time and knowledge in me.

I still think of him often and sometimes for unusual reasons - for instance when I'm holding a flashlight light for someone. The day before he passed I was holding a light for my son-in-law while he was working and I immediately flashed back to when Mr Girouard would give us not so subtle "pointers" on the correct way to hold a work light or even when I take too big of a bowl of cereal for my own good - I think of how Mr. Girouard used to eat out of what seemed to be a salad bowl with a mixing spoon sized utensil. He really enjoyed his cereal back then.

And yes he was generous with his time, when my single mom's repairs were beyond my skill levels he would come over a fix it free of charge. Mr Girouard was a good man and will be missed.

Raymond Ferreira

March 14, 2018

I remember Ernie from NBFD Fire Station 9. He was a good Firefighter and a friend to all who knew him. To his family and friends, I offer my Prayers and God's Peace.

JO-ANN SILVA

March 13, 2018

Aunt Dot, Joan, Gail and Doug - so sorry for your loss - I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers

Love,

Jo-Ann (Bralewski) Silva - Cohutta, GA

Robert D. Grant Sr.

March 10, 2018

So sorry to hear of the passing of Earnest, he was a good Firefighter and friend to all who knew him. I worked with him on the NBFD and was one of his plumbing customers. R.I.P.

Ray Medina

March 9, 2018

Worked with Ernest for a short time.
Great firefighter.
He was my father's room mate at
Brandon Woods for a short time.
I told my wife that he was a firefighter
and he gave her a little smile.
RIP

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Ernest Girouard, age 86, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Brandon Woods of New Bedford. He was the loving husband of Doris E. (Whalley) Girouard to whom he was married for 64 years.

Born in New Bedford, son of the late Evariste and Leda (LeBlanc) Girouard, he was a longtime resident of East Freetown.

A dedicated Firefighter for the City of New Bedford, he worked at Station 9 and Station 5 for over 34 years until his retirement in 1995. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he served during the Korean Conflict. A graduate of Bristol Community College, he earned an Associate’s degree in Fire Science.

An active man, he enjoyed playing tennis and ice hockey with his friends in the fire department. A skilled repairman on the side, he was often generously helping others with their heating and plumbing repairs. An ardent sports fan, he loved following the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Douglas Girouard and his wife Elizabeth; two daughters, Joan and Gail Girouard; one sister, Theresa Pelletier; four grandchildren, Taylor, Trent, Jenna and Jamie; four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Rayah, Haven and Quinn; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Norman, Oscar and Herve Girouard, as well as Doris Lavoie, Yvette Bralewski, Flora Fernandes and Irene Bielski.

His Memorial Service will be held on March 15, 2018 at 9:45 AM in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford with burial in Acushnet Cemetery, 91 Main St., Acushnet. Visitation will be from 9:00 – 9:45 AM in the funeral home prior to the service. For tributes and directions, www.rock-funeralhome.com.