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Clarence J. Cormier
Clarence J. “Clancy” Cormier, 96, of Winchendon, formerly of Gardner, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in Athol Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.
Born in Gardner on July 19, 1924, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Marceline (Thibodeau) Cormier. He graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1943 but later received his diploma in 1999 due to his enlistment in the military.
Clarence was a United States Army World War II Veteran serving from 1943 to 1945. While deployed in Europe, Clarence fought in the Rhineland Offensive, the Western Allied Invasion of Germany, and the Ardennes Counteroffensive, which included the Battle of the Bulge –where he was ultimately captured by the enemy and became a prisoner of war. He received the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. In 2003, Clarence, along with 61 other veterans in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, received Bronze Stars for their actions in World War II from then-Governor Mitt Romney, and would also, later on, receive the Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honour—France's highest military honor.
Clarence was an engineer employed by Leavitt Machine Company of Orange for 20-years, where he was able to travel the world until his retirement in 1995. He was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish/ Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner. He was a life member of the Ovila Case VFW Post 905 of Gardner, a member of American Legion Post 129 of Gardner, a life member of the Prisoners of War National Association, a member of the Acadien Social Club of Gardner, and a member of the Napoleon Club of Gardner. Clarence continued his civic involvement for his country by working for Gardner's people on its Golf Commission and as a Ward 3 City Councilor for several years.
Clarence was an avid golfer. He had five aces and once won the club championship. He enjoyed traveling and playing cards. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and Boston Celtics, and in his later years watching his grandson play in the MLB. Clarence was a family man who loved and treasured time spent with his family.
Clarence is survived by his three sons, Richard C. Cormier and his wife Claudia of Virginia, Phillip Cormier and his wife Julie of Bangor, ME, and Alan Cormier and his wife Roberta of Norwood; three daughters, Denise Joseph and her husband Charles of Bradenton, FL, Celeste Drake and her husband Jay of Gardner, and Michelle Demaio and her husband James of Mason, NH; eleven grandchildren, Jason Goguen, Taryn Burns, Elliot, and Oliver Drake, Alana, Beau, Chloe, Caisse, William, Isabel, and Ross Cormier, four great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Tyler Goguen and Emerson and Marleaux Burns; several nieces nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife of 65-years, Theresa E. (Robichaud) Cormier, who died in 2012; a brother, Norman Cormier; and a sister, Irene Therrien.
A Private Burial with Full Military Honors will be held at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon, MA.
A Calling Hour will be private.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Boston’s Wounded Veterans, 60 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128 or on their website at (www.theyfoughtweride.com). Please reference in memory of Clarence J. Cormier.
I never met Clarence but know him through conversations with his son Richard. I heard about his birthday parties and his ribbon cutting ceremony. Make no mistake about it, Clarence was a great military soldier, father and great grandfather. The world lost another man from America's generation. My condolences to Richard, his siblings, their spouses and families.
Melissa (Mel) Reich Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM
As a waitress in a local restaurant, Clarence was a favorite customer of mine. I always looked forward to seeing him come though the door and waiting on him. I loved chatting with him and hearing his stories. Such a sweet man, true gentleman and hero. My condolences to his family, who he was so proud of.
Kellie Feeney Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM
Hi John: I remember that night very well. Like it was yesterday. It was an emotional night,. Hope you and Norma are well. xxoo
Kellie Feeney Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM
My wife and I met Clarence several years ago sitting in a restaurant. He was sitting at the table next to us enjoying his dinner proudly wearing his veterans cap. As most of us do, I thanked him for his service that he gave to our country. He was such a gentleman, proud and dignified. I then asked if he would be gracious enough to join my wife and myself for dinner, which he proudly did.
We talked for over two hours about the war and where he had been. It was one of the greatest nights of my life and he was so proud to tell his story. I truly hope that he shared his life with all of you at one time or another.
Hes a Veteran, Hes a hero and hes a man I only met once but has been in my mind and heart ever since.
I sign this letter Anonymous Because anyone that new Clarence could have written it.
May Gods blessing be with his family and let them rejoice for the gift that God gave them which was Clarence J. Clancy Cormier.
John & Norma Godek Oct 26 2020 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to hear that your dad passed away,he was a great man. Your mom and dad were always so kind to me and Paul.I always enjoyed their family stories and the love they had for you.
Karen Geoffoy Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM
my sincere condolences to the entire Cormier family. I know what it's like to lose a dad ...no matter the age it's an empty place in your heart. Hoping your strength will carry you through this time of grief. It's been 11 years for me and I still miss him greatly
Samuel L Payne Oct 25 2020 12:00 AM
To Celeste and all Clarence family we are very sorry to hear of the passing of your father,may he now rest in peace in the loving arms of God,and may you all be comforted knowing he lived a great life,keeping his memories in your heart.
Keith Mezzanotti Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM
I used to call bingo at heywoods on Friday nights Clarence loved to play his favorite number was 37 when ever it was called he would have something funny to say Ill miss Clarence he was a great man an Thankyou for your great service to our country God Bless You.
David Caswell Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM
Prayers and deepest sympathy to all family members.
Ron and Patti Therrien Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM
I had the great honor of meeting Clarence he had the attributes of a warrior in every sense of the word honorable, humble, compassionate but my biggest impression was how much he loved his family and his country we developed quite a bond both combat veterans we shared stories together that we both agreed that we never shared with anyone else until then we have lost one of the last of the greatest generation rest in peace Clarence
John Rutledge USMC Retired Oct 24 2020 12:00 AM