Charles “BUD” Allard
Essex Junction, VT
Charles D. “Bud” Allard, of Essex Junction, VT passed away on August 20, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Burlington, VT on April 23, 1936, to Lucien and Emma (Joyal) Allard. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1955. He attended St. Michael’s College and graduated with the class of 1959. Immediately thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served at Fort Benning, Georgia for two years, reached the rank of staff sergeant and returned to Vermont to serve in the Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1965.
While at Cathedral High, Bud played football and excelled in track and field. But most of all, it was there that he met the love of his life, Mary Theresa Kadas. On May 19, 1962 they were united in Holy Matrimony at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Burlington, VT. They moved from Burlington to Essex Junction in 1964, cultivated a large group of friends, and made many happy memories together during their 50 years of marriage. Bud will be remembered for his unfailing love and daily attention to his wife Mary during her long illness at Green Mountain Nursing Home. Mary passed away in 2012.
Bud was a Resident Senior Claims Adjuster for 34 years at the Continental Insurance Company. He was a well-known and respected insurance claims professional in central and northern Vermont. He was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, in Essex Junction. Bud served on the Parish Council for a number of years and was a well-identified lector at Mass. Bud was an avid traveler. Both he and Mary took the family on camping trips every summer. Later in life, they explored the United States and the world, visiting Mexico, Europe, Australia, Alaska and New Zealand. Bud was a member and past president of the Essex Junction Jaycees. He coached Little League and was a Cub Scout leader. He was a member of the Burlington Elks Lodge 916. Bud had a passion for gardening and took pleasure in running, racquetball and hunting. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Rocky Ridge Golf Club. He was an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants. Above all, Bud was a devoted husband, a loving father who in his later years adored spending time with his grandchildren.
Left to cherish Charles’ memory are his three children, David Allard and his wife, Lisa, of Keene, NH, Joanne Allard of Essex Junction, VT, and Karen (Allard) Rolston and her husband Dwight of Colchester, VT; 11 grandchildren, Emma and Jonathan Allard, Elizabeth, Shayna, Brooke, Trisha, Christian and Steevie Stygles, and Cameron, Alaina and Ben Rolston; 5 great-grandchildren; his sister Patricia Allard, his brother Paul Allard and wife Jean and his Aunt Doris (Joyal) Viens.
Bud is also survived by, and will be dearly missed, by his good friend Carole Halpin and her family.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Mary, and two brothers, Bruce Allard and James Allard.
The Allard Family wish to extend their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Mansfield Place Assisted Living & Memory Care whose professionalism, care and attention to our father and brother will always be appreciated and remembered.
There will be a military funeral honor following the Mass of Christian Burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Charles (Bud) Allard could to be made to the Essex Junction Rescue and Ambulance service. Donations can be sent to https://essexrescue.org/donate
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