Greenfield, MA- Real Bouchard, 79, died after a long illness Sunday, April 19, surround by family at home.
This gentle, loving, caring, and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on people’s hearts and will be supremely missed by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Lois (Tefft); his son Brian and his wife Katherine; two grandchildren, Aiden and Breanna; his golden retriever and canine companion Lilly; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Born in Canada, Mr. Bouchard moved to Vermont in 1964 on a work visa which was sponsored by EJ Roberts of Jacksonville, VT. He quickly started learning the English language and found his love of working on cars and anything with an engine. Real continued to work as a body man and mechanic until he retired 2007. In 2008 he started working part time at the YMCA in Greenfield in the maintenance department until health concerns caused him to retire for a second time in 2011.
In the early years of marriage when Mr. Bouchard was not working he loved to go snowmobiling with friends. He was always tinkering or building something with wood. He also loved working on numerous vehicles with his son, some of which were complete rebuilds. He also loved to watch wrestling, baseball, tennis and NASCAR, and was a lover of animals, in particular dogs.
He was known as the Real Deal by his family and friends. Family was a huge part of his life. He was proud and honored to be the husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and regular comic relief to the family. His pride and joy was truly his grandchildren. Whether it was playing cards with Aiden, playing a game with Breanna or just sitting and playing with them, he was always smiling.
Mr. Bouchard will be forever remembered for his gentle eyes, caring heart, loving embrace, unconditional love, and crazy dance moves. Although hearts are heavy, the family will celebrate his life and find comfort that he is in heaven watching over everyone.
Mr. Bouchard’s family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Deepu Thomas and the staff of Baystate Family Practice, as well as to Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the cardiac rehabilitation unit for their extraordinary professional care and kindness demonstrated to their husband and father.
At Mr. Bouchard’s request for simplicity, no formal services will be observed at this time. A private interment will take place at the convenience of his family, in the Jacksonville Cemetery, in the village of Jacksonville, VT. Expressions of affection are encouraged in the form of a charitable contribution in Mr. Bouchard’s memory to the Whitingham Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 368, Jacksonville, VT 05342.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message are available at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.