Obituary of Raymond Joseph Berard
Raymond Joseph Berard passed away early Saturday on February 20, 2021 after a brief stay at the Respite House.
Raymond was born April 2, 1932, Shoreham, VT. He was one of 12 children, the son of Ulric and Zepherine (Angers) Berard.
Raymond married Jacqueline Alice Boise on September 28, 1957 and together they began their family.
Raymond was a man of strong faith and a lifelong church member. He was an active member of The Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship. He was a devoted family man and husband and was very proud of his children.
He was a bookkeeper for several local businesses and owned and operated a few grocery stores. Most recently, he had a small engine repair service until his passing.
He was President of Fish and Wildlife for many years and also Fire Warden for the town of St. George. He was an avid snowmobiler, fisherman and gardener who was known for growing delicious raspberries.
Although he could come across as gruff at times, he had a very loving and tender side.
Raymond is survived by children: Kimberly Soodak of Essex, Shawn Berard of South Burlingon, Kathleen Berard-Brown and husband, the Rev. Jeffrey Cornwell, of Fairfax, Dennis Berard, and wife Julie, of North Hero, Michael Berard of St. George, and Laura Berard and husband Timothy Williams, of Boston, Mass.; grand-children, Matthew and wife Preethi, of Boston, Mass.; Jaimee Brown of Fairfax, Kristen and husband Andrew Ortiz, of Tempe, Az.; and Nathan Soodak of Portland, OR.; great-grandchildren Tobias Plante and Jacqueline Brown whom he affectionately referred to as “little Jackie”.
Raymond also leaves behind several nephews and nieces, including a special nephew, Allan Berard, and niece, Jackie Yates, and brothers, Adrien and Edouard along with many special friends and acquaintances.
He was predeceased by his wife Jackie; son Matthew; son-in-law Lawrence Soodak; parents, brothers, Rene (June) Berard, John Berard, Roland (Clairette) Berard, Laurent and infant brother Henry Berard. Sisters, Simone (Paul) Parent, Marie (Paul) Rivers, Madeline (Don) Peltier, and Olivette (Bill) O’Brien.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Cheri Neill for the past six months, for her kind and loving care she provided for dad.
Thank you to the UVM Health and Hospice Program, especially to Lisy, Carrie and Kelsey who with them, dad would not have been able to remain in his home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund. Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2 Montpelier, Vt. 05620 802-828-1000.
Or: McClure Miller Respite House, Development Office UVM Health Network-Home Health and Hospice, 110 Prim Rd. Colchester, Vt. 056446 802-860-4499 ext. 3812.
Will you let Me hug your heart
with My forever love, and tell you
what’s on My mind for you today?
Oh dearest one, there’s so much
you don’t know, and so much I want to
open up for you.
I hear your complaints in the night,
your sighs in the noontime,
and your brooding murmurings.
My arms are open wide to hold you,
to encourage you, bless you,
and assure you
of your God-kissed future.
Will you meet My embrace
to leap inside where I can
speak to you and assure you
that all is well?
My arms are open.