Gregory J. Pinard amesJuly 04,2014
Gregory J. Pinard
WASHINGTON — Gregory James Pinard, 65, died bravely from the incurable disease of ALS on July 1, 2014, at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vermont. He was born on Dec. 2, 1948, son of Gaston and Florida (LeMay) Pinard.
Greg graduated from St. Michael’s High School in Montpelier in 1967, received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Castleton State College, a master’s degree in mathematics from Norwich University and a certificate of advanced study in administration from the University of Vermont. He spent most of his career teaching high school mathematics at Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont, where he was also the principal for the summer school program there for many years. He was a driver education teacher in an after-school program. If he was sitting in your passenger seat, you could not escape the driver education teacher in him.
Greg was married to Wendy Minoli, but they later divorced. They had two children, Heidi and Jason, and were longtime residents of East Barre, Vermont.
Greg took great pride in his home that he built in Washington, Vermont, and spent countless hours on his beautiful landscaping. He loved spending time at his camp on Lake Champlain, especially in the summer. He also loved sports, the New York Mets and New York Giants being his favorite teams. He was very competitive in sports and enjoyed getting together on a weekly basis for many years to play basketball with a small group of friends. He was an avid golfer and was one of the lucky people to score a hole-in-one at Montague Golf Course in Randolph, Vermont. He played and coached basketball and baseball and then proudly continued on to be a reputable basketball referee for many years. He also had a passion for buying, restoring and reselling cars.
Greg loved taking road trips, and he loved his dogs. One of his many enjoyments was frequently driving up to Maine to walk along the beach with his dog. In 2008, he drove across northern United States and to Alaska in a minivan with his dog and his companion Nancy. Other road trips included drives to the Gaspe Peninsula, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, San Francisco, Route 66, Grand Canyon, Utah’s national parks and Florida. He had visited every state except for Oregon and Hawaii.
Greg was a very generous man, giving to the less fortunate both during his life and now in his death, leaving much of his estate to North Country Mission of Hope. He helped two of his Chinese students, who had lost their family in a car accident, to start up a food truck in order to make money to support themselves. He also started the annual Christmas dinner for the homeless in Barre, Vermont, in the 1980s. During his retirement years he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity helping to build houses for the less fortunate.
He is predeceased by his parents and his beloved Labrador retrievers, Jake and Luca.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Nancy Sherman; his daughter, Heidi DeCarvalho, her husband, James, and their three children, Brennan, Anthony and Colin; and his son, Jason Pinard, his wife, Jody, and their two children, Addison and Jaidyn. Also surviving is his brother Robert Pinard and wife Gail; his brother Stephen Pinard and wife Rachel; his sister, Joanne Fisher, and husband Roscoe; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved golden retriever Gleason.
There will be no calling hours. Heald Funeral Home in St. Albans, Vermont, will be handling the arrangements. A memorial service will be held at St. Monica Church in Barre, Vermont, on July 9, 2014, at 1 p.m. His burial will be at the convenience of his family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation to DHMC ALS research to help find a cure for this ravaging disease. Donations can be made to DHMC ALS Research, Department of Neurology, Attn: Kevin Williams, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756. Messages of condolence for Greg’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.
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