Rene A. Bechard, 92, formerly of Coopersville, New York, died Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh with his family by his side.
He was born November 1, 1926 in Coopersville, New York the son of Domina and Aldoria (Boire) Bechard.
After attending school in Chazy, Rene enlisted in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954. He then built his new home and married Elizabeth Tatro on July 1961. They had 2 children Sam and April.Rene worked many odd jobs and finally found his love of driving, and retired from Smith Transport.
Rene was a lifetime member of the VFW while being Commander for two terms; member of the Elks, American Legion, and Moose Lodge. He enjoyed his associations and played lots of pull tabs.
Left to cherish his memory is his nineteen year plus loving companion and caregiver, Kay Martineau and her children, Jerry, Debi, Michelle, Scott and Marcey. He is also survived by his two children, Samuel Bechard (Dorothy), of Milton Vt., and April Staley (Joe), of Morrisonville, NY; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Billow (Cliff), of Champlain, NY.; two sisters-in-law, Lita Bechard and Shirley Bechard.
In addition to his spouse and parents he was predeceased by four brothers and six sisters.
After meeting Kay he enjoyed trips to Maine and Thousand Islands, but mostly loved going to Florida for a two month vacation out of the snow. He was spoiled by her family who always made it a point to vacation while he was there.
Rene loved his time in the military and his country. He was a very proud man serving with the 83rd Combat Engineers.
There will be no public calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Mason Road, Coopersville, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Noon with Deacon Noel A. Hinerth, officiating. Military Honors will follow.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, 236-4747.