Henry “Hank” P. Ares, 81, of Gardner, died peacefully Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, West Brookfield.
Born in Gardner on April 10, 1940, he was the son of the late Martial and Aldea (Racette) Ares. He graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1958. He earned an Associate of Arts from Worcester Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Moncton in New Brunswick and a Master’s Degree from Fitchburg State College. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Hank was a retired teacher employed by Fitchburg State College at McKay Campus for more than 30-years. He was previously employed at GAAMHA, Inc., as a teacher.
Hank was a parishioner of Annunciation Parish/ Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner. He was active in the Gardner community serving on the Gardner City Council as a Councilor-at-Large for 26-years, a member of the Acadien Social Club, Polish American Citizen Club, the Napolean Club, and coached Little League Baseball for several years. Hank wrote the Saltwater Fishing Guide and was also published, French as a Second Language—Elementary Programs in Louisiana, Quebec, and New Brunswick. He loved sports, especially baseball playing on the Gardner Panthers, umpiring softball and traveling to Florida every March for Spring Training with his son. Hank loved traveling all around the world, having conversations with friends, and talking politics. But most importantly, he loved and cherished every moment he spent with his family.
Hank is survived by his son, Frederic M. Ares, and his wife Shannon of Dudley; two grandchildren, Celia and Connor Ares; his significant other, Priscilla Proulx of Gardner; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, 39-years, Yvette Ares, who died in 2009; five brothers, Arthur, Marcel, Roger, Raymond, and Ernest; and five sisters, Georgette, Martha, Lorraine, Rachel, and Simone.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA.
Calling Hours will be held Monday, October 18, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Please reference in memory of Henry P. Ares.