Donald A. Bourgeois, 83, of Gardner went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 2, 2019, after a short illness at UMass Medical Center, Worcester, with his devoted wife of 63-years by his side.
Born and raised in Gardner, he was the son of the late Alfred J. and Anna R. (St. Pierre) Bourgeois.
Prior to retiring, Donald worked for many years in the Gardner Furniture Industry. He also worked as an apprentice for the former Poliks Funeral Home. Donald proudly completed his high school education and earned his GED in 1988.
He was a member of the former St. Joseph’s Church, Gardner, and current member of the Annunciation Parish/Holy Spirit Church, Gardner. Donald (known to his family and close friends as “Dziadzu”) enjoyed spending winters in Florida, polka dancing, and watching his Boston Red Sox!
He leaves his wife, Virginia (Szoc) Bourgeois of Gardner; four daughters, Sandra and her husband Greg Davis of Colchester, CT, Karen Bourgeois of Gardner, Linda and her husband Kevin Nivala of Port Charlotte, FL, and Nancy and her husband Eric Wyson of Westminster; four grandchildren, Courtney, Rob, Meagan, and Grace; his sister, Therese Chapdelaine of Lunenburg; one sister-in-law Gloria Bourgeois of Gardner; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Roland P. Bourgeois.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, December 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner. A burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Street, Gardner will be held at a later date.
Calling Hours will be held Monday, December 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of UMASS Medical Center for their attentive care in his final days, especially Gerald Kulesza, R.N., for his kindness and compassion.
In keeping with Donald’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a charity of your choice.