HIGHGATE SPRINGS — Chad ‘Bear’ Bourgeois, age 36 years, died unexpectedly, from natural causes, on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at his Misty Meadows home.

Born in St. Albans on, Jan. 3, 1979, he was the son of Daniel and Francine (Potvin) Bourgeois. He graduated from Missisquoi Valley Union High School and furthered his education at Ohio University receiving his degree in computer science and graphic design. At the time of his death Chad was employed as a graphic designer for The Frame Shoppe in St. Albans City and through that association became a great supporter of the Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc.

He will be remembered as a master at Geocaching and a collector of many things including, comic books, stamps, coins and GI Joe memorabilia. He was also a professional tattoo artist and a fan of the Walking Dead.

Chad leaves his mother, Francine Fitzgerald and her husband, Robert, of Rouses Point, N.Y., his sister, Erin Supernaw and husband, Chad, of Mooers, N.Y., his brother Brandon and wife, Cassandra, of Champlain, N.Y., and his fiancée, Heather LaFar, of Highgate Springs. He adored his niece and nephews and was the beloved uncle to, Hayley Erno, Cole Boutah, Kaden Bourgeois, Cameron Supernaw and Levi Bourgeois.

He was predeceased unexpectedly by his father, Daniel Bourgeois on Feb. 25, 1996.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton. Longtime family friend, The Reverend David Smith will officiate. Interment will take place in the Spring at the Bourgeois family lot in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Gifts in Chad’s memory may be made to the Purple Hearts Reunited, Inc., P.O. Box 2121, Georgia 05468 or to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston 05495. To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.