Terrence Ernest Giroux Jr.
June 23, 1948 – June 5, 2019
Terrence E. Giroux Jr. San Angelo – Terry Giroux, 70, passed away, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in San Angelo surrounded by his close family.
Public viewing will be from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Johnson’s Funeral Home, with a rosary service from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Mr. Giroux was born June 23, 1948, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Terry received his master’s degree in hospital administration from Central Michigan University in 1985. He enlisted in both the United States Navy and United States Air Force, serving as an intelligence officer and retired as a major in 1996. He continued to work as a civilian at Goodfellow AFB as head of the International Military Student Office until 2011. Terry then became a valued volunteer and teacher at Ambleside School of San Angelo until 2017. He was a resident of San Angelo since 1992, moving from Omaha, Nebraska. Although Terry was not a native Texan, he considered San Angelo his home and himself an adopted Texan. He was known for his sense of humor, infectious smile, his selflessness and always willing to go above and beyond for family, friends, and those in need. Terry was a dedicated Catholic, volunteering his time to St. Margaret’s Adoration Chapel and Mt. Carmel Hermitage. He volunteered at the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank, March of Dimes, San Angelo Jaycees, Leadership San Angelo, and the Pregnancy Help Center of the Concho Valley. Terry was passionate about politics and was an active supporter with his son’s political aspirations. He loved cars and racing his Mazda Miata.
Survivors include a son, Chris Giroux, a daughter, Amber Giroux, both of San Angelo; five grandchildren, Kairyh, Steven, Samantha, Logan, and Emily; a brother, Rick Giroux, and a sister, Charlene Kownacki, both of Florida.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Andrew Hume and his dedicated staff for going above and beyond in their care of Terry, and the ICU staff at Shannon Medical Center for their exceptional care. The family also wishes to thank Ambleside School of San Angelo for setting up an educational trust for Terry’s grandson, Steven (generously organized by Mrs. Tara Flora and Mrs. Karen Hesse Smith), to which you can contact Karen at 325-277-9619 if you would like to contribute to the trust.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in the name of Terry Giroux to the Pregnancy Help Center of the Concho Valley
- Chris Giroux, Son
- Amber Giroux, Daughter
- Kairyh ~, Grandchild
- Steven ~, Grandchild
- Samantha ~, Grandchild
- Logan ~, Grandchild
- Emily ~, Grandchild
- Rick Giroux, Brother
- Charlene Kownacki, Sister
- Rosary Tuesday, June 11, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Terrence Ernest Giroux Jr.
June 9, 2019
I remember attending the Basic Instructor Course with Captain Giroux, and connecting so quickly that I asked him to reenlist me soon after. He honored me by researching my career and life, and really making it a big deal. I remember serving as a first sergeant with Major and Mr. Giroux add he taught his fellow officers about the intelligence career field and served foreign officers attending Goodfellow for training. I remember needing a Christian roll model to serve as a leader to my high school students when I led Ambleside, and having to look no further than my good friend and brother in Christ, Terry Giroux. Most men desire to leave a legacy when they leave this world; Terry, you did! You will be missed.
June 9, 2019
I remember the first time I met you..it was with our Miatas. I had just gotten mine and was driving around town and you flagged me down. You and Paul were trying to start a Miata club in San Angelo. We were never successful in that venture but we did a lot of driving together with the Tumbleweed Club from Midland. You can now go zoom zoom as much as you want. May you rest in The Father’s arms. You will be missed.
June 8, 2019
I first met Terry when I became an instructor in the International Intelligence Officer's course at Goodfellow AFB, TX. Terry was hosting a gathering for the students and I remember he was wearing a very bright Hawaiian type shirt and his personality was just as bright. We got to spend a lot of time together with the students which was the highlight of my Air Force career. Terry made life and work fun for everyone. He poured himself into his job, students and the people around him. He had a larger than life personality and I will never forget him. Terry Giroux will be deeply missed by so many.
June 8, 2019
Terry, you once said that you wished you could write like I do. Right now, I'm searching for the words to say how much you will be missed. For one thing, my email is very quiet and those long lists of email from you will be no more.
We now know that your life will be remembered with the 1948 -- 2019 notation but may everyone focus on the little dash between those numbers. That dash is where you were a thoughtful friend to everyone. Will Rogers once said that he never met a man he didn't like. You most likely met a few people who didn't make your favorite persons list, but you treated everyone with great respect and consideration. Thank you. May God have you in his heaven with him.