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George St. Pierre, Jr.

SPRINGFIELD – George St. Pierre, Jr., 94, a former longtime resident of South Shore Drive in the East Forest Park section of Springfield, was Called Safely Home on Saturday, December 2, 2017. He passed into Eternal Life at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield surrounded by the care and comfort of his loving family. George was born in Springfield on April 12, 1923, the beloved son of the late George St. Pierre, Sr. and Marie (Seguin) St. Pierre. His parents relocated to Wakefield in 1930 where they opened a funeral home. They returned to Springfield in 1931 at the urging of the Pastor of Saint Joseph Church and established the George St. Pierre Funeral Home at 576 State Street to serve the French-Canadian population of Springfield and the surrounding communities. George was raised at the funeral home and graduated in 1942 from Classical High School in Springfield. George served his country during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps and attained the rank of Second Lieutenant. Following his military service, George and his wife, Virginia, graduated in 1946 from the New England Institute of Embalming and Funeral Directing in Boston and became one of the first husband and wife funeral directors in the Western Massachusetts area. Upon their licensing, the funeral home became the George St. Pierre & Son Funeral Home. George attended Ithica College in New York and graduated in 1950 from American International College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. In 1963, George and Virginia embarked on a new venture and built a state of the art funeral home at 7 Chapin Terrace in the North End section of Springfield. In 1984, they purchased the former Robert Funeral Home in the Aldenville section of Chicopee. George and Virginia retired from the funeral business in 1992 to enjoy vacationing, skiing, golfing and spending time with their large family. Since 1968, they were summer residents of Dunes Park in Westerly, Rhode Island and, in 1992, became full-time residents of Fort Pierce, Florida. They returned to Springfield in March of 2013 and became residents of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. George was a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was also a past Treasurer of the Dunes Park in Westerly and the Catamaran II Condos in Fort Pierce. He also was a member of the National Ski Patrol where he served at Carinthia Ski Area in Wilmington, VT, the Saint Jean de Baptist Society, the French Club, the Richelieu Club, the Springfield Lodge of Elks and the Westerly Yacht Club. He leaves his beloved wife, Virginia R. (Tanguay) St. Pierre. They were married on November 23, 1944 at the former Saint Joseph Church in Springfield and together they just recently celebrated their 73rd Wedding Anniversary. In addition to his wife, he leaves his eight loving children, Claire Tremblay of Springfield, Lorraine Libbey and her husband, Christopher, of New Richmond, WI, George St. Pierre, III and his wife, Barbara, of Palm Bay, FL, Paul St. Pierre of Palm Bay, FL, Mark St. Pierre and his wife, Tilda, of Kyle, SD, Richard “Rick” St. Pierre and his wife, Shelly, of Steamboat Springs, CO, Cheryl St. Pierre-Sleboda and her husband, Robert “Bob” Sleboda, of Great Barrington, MA, and Donald “Donnie” St. Pierre and his wife, Maria, of Sydney, Australia; his 16 cherished grandchildren; his 18 cherished great-grandchildren; and his many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and extended members of the St. Pierre and Tanguay families. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his loving son-in-law, Roger R. Tremblay who was Called Home on December 6, 2004; and his loving sister, Rita E. (St. Pierre) Curran-Lambert who was Called Home on May 3, 2012. His funeral will be held on Monday morning, December 11, 2017 beginning at the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107, (funeral home will open at 9 a.m.), followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Sainte Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan Street, Chicopee, MA 01020. His burial with United States Air Force Military Honors will follow the Mass at Saint Michael Cemetery, 1601 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109. His family will receive friends at his funeral home, “GEORGE ST. PIERRE & SON FUNERAL HOME”, 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107 on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. His family has requested that memorial donations be made in his memory to Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01109 or to Cure SMA, 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 or online at: For more details, please visit:
St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels
7 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA USA 01107