ST. ALBANS — Roland L. Cyr, age 93, passed away Saturday morning, May 31, 2014, at the Franklin County Rehab Center with his family by his side. He was born in Frelighsburg, Quebec, June 18, 1920 son of the late Leopold and Olive (Trahan) Cyr. Roland was a dairy farmer for many years and an employee of the St. Albans Grain Company for 23 years and later a service man at R. L. Vallee Fuel Distributors for 28 years. Roland was a communicant of Holy Angels Church where he had been an usher for several years. He was a 3rd degree member of the St. Albans Council #297 of the Knights of Columbus. He will be remembered to many as Pepere and as “Bon Homme” to many of his friends. He was also well known as “the water pump man” servicing many yearly summer campers in the area. He was a diehard fan of the Montreal Canadians’ boasting proudly of his cousin relationship to “The Rocket” Maurice Richard. He was also a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
Sept. 1, 1947 he married Aline M. Bombardier.
Besides his wife, Aline, of St. Albans, he is survived by his sons Maurice and wife, Norma Cyr, Réal and wife, Alicia Cyr, a daughter-in-law Jacqueline Brosseau-Cyr, all of St. Albans, his grandchildren Jason and wife, Heather Cyr, Caitlyn and husband, Parks Pearce, and Julianne Cyr and her fiancé, Hunter Routten, three great-grandchildren Esmé and Lincoln Cyr and Charlize Pearce. Roland also leaves a brother Oscar and his wife, Marie Cyr, of Raleigh, N.C., and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his eldest son Ronald Cyr, his brothers Marcel, Norman, Raymond, Armand, René, and Lionel Cyr, his sisters Loretta Perron, Marie-Paul Armstrong, Marie-Ange Lamothe, Rachael Cyr.
Special thanks to sister-in-law Ruth Bombardier and the late Albert Bombardier for the attention and care given to Roland in the past years, as well as, many thanks for the great care and compassion given to him and his family by the staff of the Franklin County Rehab center to whom he loved to try to teach french to.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. Interment will be in the Cyr family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St, on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to his family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franklin County Rehab Center, LLC, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT 05478, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478, or the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-1460. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.