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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Alan Peppel
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
I am out of town and will be unable to make it to attend the visitation. I always admired Dave, and he taught me many things about the knife industry, including visits to France, England, and Germany. Dave deserves his place on our Wall of Fame, and was a genuine, honorable man. My sympathies to Yvette and your family.

Alan Peppel
CEO Dexter-Russell

Richard Hardy
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
Yvette, I am so sorry to read of David's passing. He was a fine man and a wonderful person to work with at Russell Harrington (now Dexter Russell).
Dick Hardy

Thelma,Carol & Jim Baker
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019

Jim LeClaire
   Posted Fri February 01, 2019
Yvette, Phil,Marie,Michelle, and Celeste, I am SO sorry for the loss of your dad.(Husband to Yvette). When I met Phil at Photo club in Sutton High School, we became great friends very quickly. Shortly,he invited me to come to his house in Manchaug on Darling Lane.I met David, Yvette and sisters and became part of their family VERY quickly as well. Today, Friday,after my dad informed me of his passing, I delayed my trip to Boston for business and went straight to that well known address of Darling Lane in Manchaug to pay my respects to my extended family. Yvette greeted me at the door and after a long sympathy hug, swiftly said "come in and have some food and drink" She knew before I'd even ask the old question, ' BUT WHEN DO WE EAT?" This line (coined by myself )was part of an old family joke as I was 'an adopted' member of the Picard family. Rest in Peace David and I hope you take your camera to Heaven because you will get the most beautiful photos there. I even bet you will help God compose and light them for us hear on earth.

Kathy and Larry Gardner
   Posted Sat February 02, 2019
We are so sad to hear of David's passing but grateful that he passed quickly. He was a kind, talented and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. We loved his photographs and his wit. We will miss you greatly, my friend. Sending love to Yvette and all her family. See you soon.

Beulah and Raul Padron
   Posted Sun February 03, 2019
Yvette, our deepest sympathy to you. We are very saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences extended to your family.

   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
My condolences to the family. I came to know David with his involvement in Town business. A number of people were impressed by his calm, low key, thoughtful approach to the subject at hand. He declined my several efforts to have him more involved with the workings of the Town - a loss for all of us. My sincere admiration of and sympathies to his wife who cared for David at home and at St Camillus.

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