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George J. Bourgeois

George J. Bourgeois, 95, of Gardner, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, in Wachusett Manor, Gardner, with his family by his side after an illness.

Born in Gardner on September 11, 1925, he was the son of the late Emile and Claudia (Vincent) Bourgeois. He attended the former Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School in Gardner. George was a sample maker employed by Hartshorn’s in Gardner for 11-years until his retirement in 1996. He was previously employed by Kelly Brothers of Gardner for 31-years.

George was a United States Army Veteran serving from 1943 to 1947, being inducted shortly after his 18th birthday. George was part of the offensive European Front participating in the D-Day invasion—where he received the Bronze Star for his actions during the invasion, the Ardennes Counteroffensive, including the Battle of the Bulge for which he received a Purple Heart, and the Rhineland Offensive. He also received the Legion of Honour—France’s highest military honor, the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

George was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish/ Holy Spirit Church of Gardner. He was a member of Ovila Case VFW Post 905 of Gardner and the Disabled American Veterans. George enjoyed woodworking, doing yard work, going fishing, and working in his vegetable garden. He loved barbequed food and going to the Paramount Café. But the time that George loved and cherished the most was spent with his family.

George is survived by his son, Daniel Bourgeois and his wife Lesa of Westminster; a grandson, Jason Bourgeois and his wife Kate of Ashburnham; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his love of 68-years, Monique (DiSilvio) Bourgeois, who died in 2016; a brother Raymond Bourgeois, and a sister Yvonne Pofs.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice Care, 36 Williams St, Leominster, MA 01453, or to Wachusett Manor Activities Fund, 32 Hospital Hill Road, Gardner, MA 01440. Please reference in memory of George J. Bourgeois.

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Dan and family,
I was so saddened to learn of your dad's passing. I am so glad I was able to visit him last fall while he was at Wachusett. His smile and spirit will stay in my heart forever. I was so fortunate to grow up next to such a giving and friendly family. From drives in the Valiant to BB guns in the garage, I will always cherish all of my Bourgeois memories. God bless you and I know he already blessed both your dad and mom.

David Batt Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

We send our deepest sympathy and condolence.

Paul Lashua & Brenda Lashua Sep 27 2020 12:00 AM

Dan and Lesa Our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your father
Jim& Kathy Obrien

Jim and Kath Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

Dan and Lesa and family, sending our heartfelt condolences upon hearing of George's passing. I was amazed to find out his military history when the story was published in the local paper.I will always cherish our childhood visits to your home.He was definitely one of a kind! Take care.
Glen and Sharon Radigan

Glen Radigan Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of George Bourgeois

Denise Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM