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David R. Bourgeois

On December 16, 2020, David “Dave” R. Bourgeois passed away at age 66.

Dave was born in 1954 in Gardner, MA, where he lived his whole life, to Roland and Phyllis (Petts) Bourgeois. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1972 and went on to complete the electrical program at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School. 

His passion was music, and he was a talented guitarist in several local bands including No Parking, The Jump, and Plan B. Dave owned the Strings & Things music store in downtown Gardner for many years.

Dave was a lifelong resident of Gardner who will be remembered by his friends and family for his kind and easy-going nature. Dave was a true animal lover who was devoted to his many pet dogs over the years. 

Dave was preceded in death by his father, Roland, and his mother, Phyllis. He is survived by his sister, Janet (Bourgeois) Gemborys and her husband, Mark, of Rutland, his niece, Nicole McGurin and her family of Holden, his nephew, Brian Gemborys and his family of Shrewsbury, his wife, Donna Bourgeois, of Orange, and several cousins.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Brown Dog Coalition may be made online at (www.browndogcoalition.com). Please reference in memory of David R. Bourgeois.

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My deepest sympathy to all of Dave's Family & Friends. He was a great guy and true gentleman. He devoted his life to music, his passion. He was a terrific guitar player. Our grandmothers were the Malo sisters and we both graduated in the GHS class of 1972. I will miss him.

Alan Rousseau Dec 23 2020 12:00 AM

Great guitarist, sound man, great store, he was a good man. RIP Dave
Phil Leger
Royalston formerly of Gardner

Philip Leger Dec 22 2020 12:00 AM

Dave was a great guy and talented guitar player! I would visit his music store in Gardner back in those days to buy music equipment, strings, or just to chat about the latest gear. He would always spend the time chatting with me even when I didn't buy anything! Like a true friend, he was always accommodating and helpful! I still have the guitar amp I bought from him a long time ago! RIP David!

Gary Girouard Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your brother Janet, he was a very quiet, kind, gentle soul, may he Rest In Peace, and may you & your family live in the wonderful memories of the past, miss all the family gatherings, thoughts, prayers & for you. all........

Jeannine Beauregard/Miller Dec 20 2020 12:00 AM

To Daves family I send my condolences. Dave was a great man. Loved listening to him play his guitar. His love of the three stooges and could every episode

Gayle Rivers Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

I was sad to hear of Dave's passing. My condolences to all his family and friends. He probably wouldn't remember me, but he was a great guy to a young customer, back in the day. I'll never forget him and his kindness. You'll be missed by many, Dave.

John Giles Dec 19 2020 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences on your loss Janet. Many of my fondest childhood memories include David. Playing hide-and-go-seek at the telephone pole until we were all called in at dusk. Sitting cross-legged on your porch playing Battleship for hours. He was my first true friend and stayed that way through the years. A kind man. A true gentleman. Rest in Peace my friend.

Nancy Mulloy Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM