Kenneth J. Guertin

Born: Tue., Jul. 22, 1930
Died: Mon., Apr. 20, 2020

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Northbridge- Kenneth J. Guertin, 89, formerly of Mendon Rd. passed away peacefully on Mon. April 20, 2020 at St. Camillus Health Center where he had been a resident the past two and a half years. His beloved wife of 46 years Patricia A. “Trish” (Paquette) Guertin died Jan. 22, 2001.

     He is survived by his 4 children Deborah E. and her husband Thomas Couch of Lebanon, Ct, Walter L. And his wife Sharon Guertin of Attleboro, Michael J. And his wife Colleen Guertin of Northbridge, and Joseph E. Guertin of Northbridge; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Born in Milford, MA on July 22, 1930 he was the son of Walter and Rosealma (Henault) Guertin, was raised in N. Uxbridge and lived in Northbridge most of his life.

     Mr. Guertin was educated at the Good Shepherd School, Uxbridge High School and the Colorado School of Trades where he learned gun smithing. He worked at the former Whitin Machine Works starting as a Apprentice Machinist eventually becoming President of Local 3654 AFL-CIO of United Steelworkers of America. He also worked as VP for Worcester Labor Council, and as a job counselor at the Worcester City Manager’s Office. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict in the ArtilleryDivision, training out of Ft. Sill, OK. He also served in the Army Air Corps.  A member of the Oliver Ashton Post American Legion, the Uxbridge Progressive Club, the Northbridge Democratic Town Committee, Knight of Columbus Council 365, Troop 24 BSA in N. Uxbridge, the Good Shepherd Men’s Club, and was a life member of the NRA. He served on the Board of Directors at the Northbridge Council on Aging. He was an avid outdoorsman hunting, fishing, and raising hunting dogs. For several years he was a boxing instructor at the Whitin Community Center. A skilled gun smith, he owned and operated West River Gun Repair many years.

     Ken truly cared about others. He had great people skills, treated everyone well, was happy with a great sense of humor. He was patient and took pride in everything he did. He will be truly missed.

     His Funeral Service and burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held at the family’s convenience. Memorial donations in Ken’s memory may be made to St. Camillus Activities Fund, 447 Hill St. Whitinsville, MA 01588. To leave a condolence message for his family please visit

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Laurie (Paquette) Eichholz
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
Debbie, Walter, Michael and Joe - My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your Dad. He truly was one of the good ones. I have so many fond memories of time spent in Mendon at your Mom and Dad's house .. Molly & Smokey, fishing with Joe in the pond and "accidentally" falling in, swimming dates with cousin Diane and most of all the way your Dad LOVED his meals !!!

Pat Underwood
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
To all of Kenny's family: I am so sorry for your loss. I consider all of us as "family" at St. Camillus and we will truly miss Ken. He was a joy.

Jan Henault
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
He was my 1st cousin and was also like my big brother. So many wonderful memories of him fill my heart. He was truly a special person. Sending my condolences to his family and friends. Love to Walter, Debbie, Michael, and Joe.

Bob & Barbara Plitouke
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. We were neighbors for years and always enjoyed our conversations. Even after we moved away the kids would let him know when we were coming up to visit and he would walk over to see us.

Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with you at this time

Jean Mistretta
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
I was so sorry to read of Ken's passing. I served with him on the board of the Northbridge COA for several years, and enjoyed working with him. He was truly a lovely person. I am so sorry for your loss.

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