EAST FRANKLIN – Marcel C. Fregeau, age 85, passed away Saturday evening, March 2, 2013 at his home with friend & caregiver Charles Machia by his side.
Marcel was born July 7, 1927 in Sweetsburg, Quebec Canada the eldest child of the late Ernest & Cecile (Robert) Fregeau.
On May 14, 1949 Marcel married Shirley M. Sanborn and they were blessed with 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Marcel & Shirley lived in Sweetsburg until he immigrated to East Franklin, VT in September of 1968 where the family moved to the Noel Mullen farm which they had bought in June of 1968. He had worked for Bruck Mills in Cowansville for 25 years and left to go farming, and loved his 300 plus acres ever since.
He is survived by his daughters, Susan Fregeau of Franklin and Cathy Fregeau-Boucher and her Husband Mike of East Franklin; his grandchildren, Brianna & Robert William Boucher of East Franklin, Jessie Fregeau of Long Island, NY, Melissa Martin Strapel and her husband John of Pennsylvania, Mitchell Martin and his wife Elsie of Georgia, VT & Michael Martin of Richford; 5 great grandchildren; his sister, Rita Hamilton of Cowansville, Que.; several nieces and nephews all in Canada; and his good friends, Charles Machia & Ron Witham. Besides his parents, Marcel was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Sanborn) Fregeau on Aug. 28, 2004; sons, Barry Fregeau (21) on Nov. 22, 1975 & John Fregeau (44) on Dec. 22, 1994; and brothers, Paul, Guy, Robert, Jacques & Rene Fregeau. Marcel was a good father, grandfather and good friend to all who were lucky enough to know him and will be greatly missed by all.
Private graveside memorial services will be held later this spring in the East Franklin Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in Marcel’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency – Home Care Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.