David J. Picard Jr.

Born: Wed., Aug. 17, 1932
Died: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Mon., Feb. 04, 2019
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Feb. 04, 2019
Location: St. Denis Church

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Manchaug- David J. Picard Jr., 86, passed away on Jan. 30, 2019, at Saint Camillus Health Center after a period of declining health. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Yvette M. (Lapointe) Picard.

He is also survived by 4 children; Philip Picard, his wife Joyce; and their daughters, Rochelle and Katrina; Marie Craig, her husband Roger, and their children; Matt Giorgio, Abigail, Sophie and David; Michele Picard; Celeste Fronczak, her husband Michael, and their children; Brandon, Brianna, Katherine and Kristina.

David was born on Aug. 17, 1932, the only child of Delina B. (Donais) Picard and David J. Picard, Sr, and was a lifelong resident of Manchaug. David graduated from the former Assumption Preparatory School, Worcester Junior College, and Clark University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He enlisted in the US Army and served for 3 years, primarily in Africa with the Army Security Agency as a Staff Sergeant. David served in many capacities for the town of Sutton, MA, including on the Finance Committee, High School Building Commission, and Sewer Commission. David worked at the former Whitin Machine Works, Rice Barton, and was an executive for many years at Russell Harrington Cutlery Co., in Southbridge. He was also a farmer who provided fresh produce to the community and to local markets for many years, long before it was cool.

    David’s lifelong passion was photography. From the time he used his first camera as a young soldier to photograph the pyramids of Egypt, to the darkroom he built with his father-in-law and sister- in-law, to the beautiful landscapes he photographed as he traveled the world with his wife, it was a source of great pleasure, for himself and for all those who enjoyed his photos.He loved traveling with his wife throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. But perhaps his favorite times were spent on his farm, surrounded by family. The Picard family would like to extend a special thank you to all the wonderful people at St. Camillus, who cared for David as if he was their own Pépère, during the 2 years he spent there.

            His funeral will be held on Mon. Feb 4 at 11 am in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St. Douglas. Burial will follow in St. Denis Cemetery. Calling hours at Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas will be on Mon. Feb. 4 from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Donations in David’s memory may be made to St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill St., Whitinsville MA 01588. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit http://www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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