PHILLIPSTON -- A Funeral Mass for Albert W. Lajoie, 79, was held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Baldwinville, with the Rev. Fr. Francis Roberge, pastor, officiating.
The organist was Rita O'Brien and special music was sung by the Church Choir. The gifts were brought forward by the four grandsons. Burial with military honors followed at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, with members of the Gardner V.F.W. Post # 905 providing the firing squad and playing Taps.
The U.S. Navy Honor Guard folded and presented the flag to Mrs. Lajoie and the bearers were the four grandsons, Mitchell and Trevor Haley and Austin and Zachery Whittle.
A reception followed at the Country Mischief in Templeton.
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, directed arrangements.
PHILLIPSTON -- Albert W. Lajoie, 79, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center-University Campus in Worcester.
Al was born in Somerville, Sept. 1, 1933, the son of William and Celina(Comeau) Lajoie.
He grew up in Athol, attending Athol High School and since 1978 he has lived in Phillipston.
He attended Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology, Hobert Welding School, Boiler School (fireman) at Worcester Trade, Technical Instructors School and Peter Pan Tour Driving Training.
Al served in the United States Navy during the Korean and Vietnam wars with the Navy Atlantic Fleet, the Navy Construction Battalion, receiving his honorable discharge (MCB-12) after serving in Vietnam, with a rank of SWl Petty Officer. While serving in the Navy he received the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal in the Republic of Vietnam from 1968-1969.
Al worked for R.W. Chapman Company Well Drilling of Oakdale as a pipe welder and machine operator, U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion XLL, DaNang, Vietnam as a steel worker 1st class and crew leader, New England Power Company in Worcester, as a junior pipe fitter/journeyman-welder, worked on all coal fired boilers and atomic plants in the New England area, New England Boiler Repair of West Springfield, as a maintenance/welding foreman, Barry Wright of Worcester, as a maintenance mechanic, Whitman and Howard Engineering as chief maintenance mechanic, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Westminster, as maintenance mechanic and St. Joseph's Parish in Fitchburg as building and ground supervisor until his retirement. Al also owned and operated his business, "Bee Line Van Service," for eight years.
Al was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Turners Falls, and also attended St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Baldwinville, and was a member of the Turners Falls Council of Knights of Columbus 737, Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks 1837, Athol American Legion Post 102, VFW Post 15022 and Gentlemen of St. Joseph in Turners Falls.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Ronnie L. (Abbott) Lajoie; two daughters, Karen Whittle and her husband Stuart of Suffield, Conn., and Kelly Haley and her husband Ted of Templeton; four grandsons, Mitchell and Trevor Haley, and Austin and Zachery Whittle; and a sister, Nancy Powers, and her husband John of Homosassa, Fla.
He was predeceased by a brother, Roger Lajoie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 10 a.m., at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 1 Forest St., Baldwinville.
Burial with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. There are no calling hours and in lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Al's name be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, is directing arrangements.
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