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Gilles J"TOP" Arsenault

Gilles J. (TOP) Arsenault, 58, of Gardner, died suddenly Thursday, January 4, 2018, in Heywood Hospital of Gardner, after being stricken ill at home.
Gilles was born in Gardner on February 22, 1959, the son of the late Francois and Bertha (Belliveau) Arsenault.
He graduated from Gardner High School with Class of 1977.
After serving 23 years in the Army National Guard, Gilles retired from Alpha Company as an E-8 1st Sergeant. Following his retirement, he became a self-employed upholsterer who owned and operated Arsenault's Custom Upholstery for the past 17 years.
Gilles was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner. He was also an active member of Holy Spirit Church for many years, where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Confirmation Instructor, and member of the Finance Committee. He was also in charge of the annual 'Fish Fry' during Lent, and took great pride in decorating the Church each year for the Christmas season.
Gilles was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and hunting. He loved spending time with his family, and enjoyed cookouts with family and friends. Gilles treasured spending time with his six granddaughters. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He leaves his wife of 37 years, Kathleen M. (Jean) Arsenault, of Gardner; two sons, David M. Arsenault and his wife Tiffany of Phillipston, and Jeremy S. Arsenault and his wife Danielle of Gardner; one daughter, Nicole M. Arsenault of Gardner; one brother, Claude Arsenault and his wife Palmyer of Hyannis; two sisters, Jackie Arsenault of Gardner, and Lisa Arsenault of Indiana; six granddaughters, Trinity N. Arsenault, Savanna M. Arsenault, Haleigh J. Arsenault, Nevaeh Soto, Kirstyn M. Arsenault and Nyomi Soto; one sister-in-law, Karen Chandler and her husband Robert of Quechee, VT; two aunts, Georgette Leger of Rochester, NY, and Yvonne Daigle of Gardner who was also his Godmother; three nephews, Jason Arsenault of Hyannis, Connor and Brent Chandler of Quechee, VT; and several cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 11th from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner with a Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, January 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan Patrick Jones Heart of a Hero Foundation, 127 State Road W., Westminster, MA 01473. Please reference in memory of Gilles J. Arsenault.
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Visitation Details

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Service Details

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 12:30pm, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St., Gardner

Interment Details

MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, MA


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I am so sorry for your loss. I visited with Gilles a few times while he and I were brainstorming for reupholstery projects for my random pieces of antique furniture. Projects which he completed so beautifully. He was such a kind and talented person, that was easy to see even for someone who barely knew him. Gilles was a special soul in this world, and I am so sorry he has passed on.

Jessica Spring Feb 1 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Kathy and Family, We send our condolences and prayers to you and your family for your great loss. Gilles will always be remembered by his easy smile and great disposition. He will be sorely missed.

Jane & Herve Valois Jan 13 2018 12:00 AM

An unforeseen and tragic loss. Not only a loss to his family and friends, but a loss to the community and to the country. Gill was good man in every sense of the word and I am so sorry to have him gone. RIP

Ken Jan 11 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Cathy and family so sorry for your loss from Leo and Lisa Leblanc from Bouctouche NB xox

Lisa leblanc Jan 9 2018 12:00 AM

Kathy and Family, We were heartbroken when you called to tell us of Gilles passing. He was an amazing person who touched our hearts through his kindness both to Kevin and I and to The bond he shared with our son Ryan. we will forever be grateful for that. and Holy Spirit will never be the same, he did so much for our church. I know that Ryan is there with him now in Heaven and they are rejoicing on Gods presence for the amazing lives that they were able to live while her on earth a life filled with love God Bless you all, in love , and Friendship. Elaine & Kevin

Elaine & Kevin Jones Jan 9 2018 12:00 AM

Sincere condolences to Kathy and family for the loss of Gilles,husband,father and grand father. Sending prayers and love from Canada.God bless you all. xoxoxo

Linda Arsenault Renaud Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

We are so deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Gilles. He was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. God bless you all.

Vincent & Doris Maillet, Plant City, FL Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Lisa, I am deeply saddened by the loss of your brother. In this tough time in your life, may my friendship, sympathy and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort. Linda

Linda Caissie Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE THE CHANCE OF MEETING HIM AND HIS FAMILY AT CAMPING WHAT A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY I SEE HOW COME SO MANY PEOPLE LOVED HIM AND I WILL MISS HIM!!!! TO GILLES FAMILY STAY STRONG!!!!

VICTOR MANUEL CORDERO JR,NREMT Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

Kathy, Our hearts are broken. Love and prayers to you and your family....

Ann Mari & Brian Jan 8 2018 12:00 AM

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