Born: November 12, 1923
Died: April 18, 2011
Albert J. Bedard, 87, died Monday, April 18, 2011, in his home, surrounded by his loving family, after an illness.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Fujie (Suda) Bedard, with whom he would have celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary, on April 30th; four sons: Roland J. Suda and his wife, Veronica, of Hawaii, Albert J. Bedard and his wife, JoAnn, of Clinton, John W. Bedard of Clinton, Francis E. Bedard of Hubbardston; a daughter, Rosella P. Nee and her husband, Gary, of Clinton; fifteen grandchildren: Christina, Joseph, Jennifer, Allison, Albert, Madelyn, Brianna, Brittany, Hannah, Brendan, Ellie, Shaucey, Garrett, Spencer, and Everett; nine great-grandchildren: Joseph, Betty, Sophia, Kono, Kaila, Abigail, Ava, Emma, and Nikolas; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters: Virginia Kovac, Mary Callinan, Rosalie Albert and Helen Marino; two brothers: Joseph and Lawrence Bedard, and his daughter-in-law, Maureen T. (Bonin) Bedard, who died in 2010.
Albert was born and raised in Clinton, son of Albert J. and Rosella P. (Quinn) Bedard. He attended Clinton schools, and first enlisted in the US Navy in Boston on October 12, 1942. He rose through the ranks from apprentice seaman to flight engineer and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington and numerous aircraft squadrons during WW II and the Korean Conflict. Albert served with the “VW1,” the Navy’s first early warning aircraft squadron, and later retired from the US Navy on April 23, 1962 after serving nearly twenty years.
Albert worked for the Town of Clinton, retiring after twenty years with the D.P.W. - Water Dept. He later worked as a security guard for Weetabix Co., Clinton.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and spent many hours in his garden, tending to his tomato plants with his grandchildren.
Albert’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Monday, April 25, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. For those who wish, donations may be made in memory of Albert to: VNA Care Network & Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.