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Robert L. Thibault

Robert (Bob) L. Thibault, 84, of Gardner, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Fitchburg Healthcare, with his family by his side.

Born in Fitchburg on November 17, 1935, he was the son of the late Cleophas and Leontine (Croteau) Thibault. He graduated from Fitchburg High School, class of 1953. After high school, Bob joined the U.S. Army serving from 1955 to 1957, as a mechanic and traveled across Europe while serving his country, where he received the Good Conduct Medal. He later enlisted in the US Air Force Reserves where he was discharged in 1958. Bob was a machinist employed by the Crocker Burbank/James River Company for over 40 years until his retirement. After retiring from James River, he worked in machine maintenance for ten years at Harrington & Richardson.

Bob was a parishioner of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church of Gardner. He was a member of the Acadien Social Club of Gardner. In his free time, Bob loved to be in his driveway fixing cars for his family and friends during all New England seasons. Bob loved a great joke, summer family vacations in York Beach, ME and spending his winters after retirement in Florida with his brother Lou. The time that Bob loved and cherished the most was spent with his family.

Bob is survived by his three sons, Keith F. Thibault and his wife Lisa of Swanzey, NH, Bruce A. Thibault of Gardner, and Robert B. Thibault and his fiancé Amanda of Trinity, FL; two daughters, Donna M. Baczewski and her husband Ted of Worcester, and Susan E. Cormier of Old Orchard Beach, ME; two sisters, Jean Jananowski and her husband Jake of Leominster, Yvonne “Honey” St. Jean of Fitchburg; eight grandchildren, Bryan and Caitlin Cormier, Tyler, Celeste, Kyle, Nathan, and Matthew Thibault, and Salina Robinson; 4 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Priscilla M. (Putnam) Thibault in 2011; five brothers, Henry, Raymond, Leo, Lou, Don and Rich Thibault; and three sisters, Cecile Chiampa, Florence Jewett and Dora Fiorentino.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 19, 2020, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Annunciation Parish at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Burial will be held in St. John’s Cemetery, West Street, Gardner, MA, at a later date.

Calling Hours will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, or on their website at (www.alz.org). Please reference in memory of Robert L. Thibault.

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Uncle Bobby, yes you will be missed, however all the memories will be there for us. There was never a dull day with uncle Bobby there to bring smiles and laughter to everyone, the jokes, goofy faces and the joy he would bring to everyone, And yes aunt Priscilla with her signature Bobby!!!! call. Would always make me turn with a smile on my face. God, it was great to be a part of their lives. Well,we can say it over and over again that the 2 of them are together again along with all of those who have passed. Donna, Keith, Sue, Bruce & Robbie, Deepest Sympathies go out to all of you at this time. In closing, it's never goodbye, however I'll see you later. Love you uncle Bobby. Love you Pete

Pete Worthley Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM

Donna, Keith ,Bruce ,Sue, and Rob. Marilyn and My heart goes out to you. The world lost a little bit of its fun, and heaven as gained a lot of laughter. The only man I ever knew that could smoke a cigarette threw his ear. Love this man and will miss you Uncle Bobby "Uncle Fun".

Tommy Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM

My prayers are with my Thibault family in this loss. Uncle Bobby showed such kindness to me as I grew up. He gave great hugs and made me laugh. I have such fond memories of summers together while mom worked in Gardner. He offered a strong loving "dad" heart to me since my own was not around to do it. Summer vacations in Maine were made possible due to his hard work and generous spirit. I cherished the opportunity to share my kids with him on visits to New England when they were little and he and Aunt Priscilla was still with us. May you all find peace and hope in being together again one day. ALL MY LOVE Amy (Worthley) Forest

Amy (Worthley) Forrest Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

I have great memories of times with Uncle Bob, spending time with him and Auntie P in York Beach for many summer, and all the good times we on Treasure Island, FL. I was so blessed to have him there for my Dad when he got sick. He was always there for us, either for fixing our cars, or power washing our house. You could always count on him. I know he happy now, with Auntie P, my parents, and Auntie Dora and Uncle Mike, the three couples who had so much fun together. Miss you all

Mary Ellen Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Bob He never knew how to say no. Uncle Bob, will you walk me to the beach, Sure he said. "Uncle Bob, will you put this tape deck in my car"Absolutely Douggie. "Uncle Bob, will you fix my model plane",---"no problem Kiddo. "Uncle Bob, can I ride the big wheel on Marquette St?"Yes-but dont tell your Mother or Aunt Priscilla". Uncle Bob, do you want to come flying with me?---"Absolutely Douggie". He was the true measure of a man---took care of his family, went to war, never turned down overtime at the shop, and didnt know how to relax (even in York). You will be missed, but never forgotten. Rest in Peace and thank you for being the best Godfather a skinny kid could ask for!

Douggie Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

To me you were so much more than my bffs pop. I will always remember you working outside on parker Street ,outback on cars. I cant remember a time when you greeted me without a smile & big hug Your visits with a coffee,donut zippy & laughter will always remain a treasured memory. I have reflected back on you pinned down on your back laughing, while zippy ninja licked you with Love. I will miss you greatly, but it is comforting to know you are at peace with your bride Priscilla. When I think of you I will hear your enthusiastic voice , and your sincere smile that would brighten the day! Rest easy my dear friend until I see you again.
Bruce & the entire family, your Pop was a blessing for all who knew him. Sincere Sympathy & prayers for all of you.
Love, Kim

Kim mustakangas Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

Youll be missed so so dearly Pup. Always laughing and having fun, a truly loving soul. I can remember growing up you how you would joyfully enter the room to play Santa for us kids, I can picture you jumping on our trampoline and Gram yelling at you to get down, how you had to stop EVERY dog to give them pets, or even the smaller times like sharing a box of donuts and a cup of coffee. You gave us all more than just your lovely bushy eyebrows, you were a teacher, loving grandparent, support system and so much more. You will always be loved and missed. Love, Celeste

Celeste Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

You were one of a kind Pop. I love you with all my heart. You taught me so much more than you had ever known. I will miss you but always cherish our time together.


Keith Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Keith, Donna, Bruce, Suzy, and Robbie, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad! It's been so long since I've seen all of you and your dad. I have nice memories of being neighbors with your family. I remember your dad was always fixing something in the driveway. He even fixed my bike a few times. I miss all of you! Again, I'm sorry about your dad. Keeping you in my prayers. Hugs, Lisa

Lisa Arsenault Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Bobby was such a fun guy! Always had a joke or funny story to tell. You knew that if you were in his presence you were going to laugh. Sincerest condolences to all of you. He will be missed.
Love Laura Alzapiedi & Family

Laura Alzapiedi Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

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