Paul Maurice Pinard
Essex Jct., VT
Paul Pinard left this earth on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the age of 89. He is now reunited with his beloved Mim in Heaven.
Paul was born on September 14, 1930 in Waterbury, Vermont, grew up in Barre, Vermont, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1949. Shortly after graduation, Paul joined the Airforce and took advantage of the opportunity to study Electronics during his time in the service. In January 1954 he married the love of his life, Marilyn “Mim” Guilmette and together they embarked on nearly 66 years of love and wonderful adventures together.
After completing his time in the service, Paul and Mim moved to Burlington where Paul worked as a service technician at Major Appliance Corporation. He had an aptitude for repairing just about anything, so this was the perfect job for him. (Mim often said her childrens’ first words were: “Don’t worry, Dad will fix it!” The Pinard kids’ toys always outlasted those of their friends because, if in need of repair, they could always be fixed as good as new!)
In 1964, Paul began his career at IBM in Essex Junction. He worked alongside his fellow electrical engineering co-workers in research, development, and testing computer chips. He was highly regarded for his practical approach and natural problem-solving abilities. He was a proud member of IBM’s Quarter-Century Club and was called out of retirement a few times to manage special projects.
Paul had an endless “to-do” list, right up until his final days on this earth. He always had a project going, whether it was a repair, renovation, wood-working project; big or small. Paul took pride in his work and was not satisfied unless it was perfect. Those that know Paul will remember him taking on the challenge of a 4-unit apartment house built in the 1860’s ~ renovating it inside and out, room by room, until done. To this day, family members have a variety of souvenirs of his wood-working talents.
Paul and Mim were always ready to lend a hand to a friend or relative in need and throughout their lives, gave numerous volunteer hours to various organizations including St. Joseph School, St. Joseph Residential Care Home, and Meals on Wheels. One special project was gathering a group of friends and family to repair and paint the Chapel at St. Joseph Home.
Paul and Mim were faithful cheerleaders at many of their grandchildrens’ events and were so very proud of all their achievements. Paul loved the Red Sox and enjoyed chatting and texting with his children, grandchildren and nephew about players, games and strategies for each season. He was a jokester and loved to laugh and tease people. Everyone! He especially loved it when people teased back!
Paul and Mim loved to travel and passed this love onto their family. They crossed the US several times by car and took numerous other trips around the country. Their road-trip highlight was an adventure to Alaska in 1985 with three of their five children in a Chevrolet conversion van. In true Paul Pinard style, each person was allotted one “beer case box” in which to pack items for the journey in order that everything would fit perfectly in the van! He was the champion of packers!
Throughout their years, Paul and Mim visited or passed through every state in the U.S. – even Hawaii. They ventured outside the U.S., visiting Puerto Rico, Bermuda, England, Germany and enjoyed cruises to the Mediterranean region and through the Panama Canal. Paul was always behind the camera, documenting every special moment.
Whether volunteering or traveling, Paul and Mim made new friends everywhere they went. Friends were family to them, and they were blessed with the most wonderful friendships throughout their lives.
Paul leaves behind his children ~ daughter Paulette and husband Joe Bergeron, son Marty and wife Sue Pinard, son Matt and wife Lori Pinard, daughter Patrice and husband Mark FitzGerald, and daughter Pamelyn and fiancé Ron Lessard. In addition are grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Christopher and wife Jenn Bergeron, Daniel Bergeron and fiancée Danielle DenBleyker; Ariana Drown and daughters Alexis, Piper and Ava; Carrie and husband Jared O’Hear and daughter Malia; Jacob and wife Erica Pinard; Mindy Tyler; Justin Pinard; Erin FitzGerald; Luke FitzGerald; Dominick and Nathaniel Lessard and Gregory Borden. Paul also leaves his cherished sister Doris McGrath, his special Maine cousins, Denise and Sarah, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Paul was predeceased by his sweetheart, Marilyn “Mim” Pinard in September 2019, his parents Gerard and Jeannette (Morin) Pinard, his brother Henry Pinard, granddaughters Alyssia Pinard and Elise Rose Bergeron, his special Maine cousin Sr. Michelle, and many dear friends who, for certain, celebrated his arrival with the Angels with great joy.
The family is appreciative beyond words to Paul’s wonderful caregiver, Kealey Buteau. Kealey became part of the family and the loving bond she shared with Paul was truly special. He loved her like a daughter.
In keeping with current restrictions due to COVID-19, there will be no visitation hours. Funeral and burial services will be held on June 20 and, sadly, are limited to members of the immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to: Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, P O Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486.
The family invites you to share your memories of Paul and Mim, on the Tribute Wall section of this webpage. Paul and Mim’s ashes will be interred at St. Isadore Cemetery, Montgomery, Vermont alongside Mim’s parents, Frank and Leona Guilmette.
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