The Winchendon Courier
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Week of September 29 to October 6, 2022


Patrick Skey

November 2, 1952 ~ 2022 (Age 69)

Patrick J. Skey, born November 2, 1952 in Atlantic City passed away suddenly in Mexico and will be laid to rest in Mays Landing, with a private family ceremony.

Patrick spent his last 20 years living in the foothills just north of Acapulco, Mexico, in a little town called Chilpancingo as a musician and journalist. He was also a cyclist and would take long rides through some of Mexico's most beautiful countryside. He always loved to read and had the most elegant way of explaining some of the most sophisticated books written by authors like Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. He was forever quoting Noam Chomsky and predicted the current migration (Great Revolution, he called it) over 20 years ago. He was very fluent in Spanish and spent his later years studying and writing for locals and creating music.

Pat grew up in Atlantic City and attended St Nicholas Grammar School and was part of the Class of 1971 at Atlantic City High School. He went into the United States Air Force in 1972 and started his college education at Atlantic Community College, where he majored in English and performed in the theater group. He performed as God in Woody Allen's play, God and we believe one of Allen's biggest fans. Pat would go on and study English in colleges all around the country where he lived the life of Jack Kerouac, writing when he could and becoming a true minimalist.

Pat loved sports and played and coached baseball and football in Venice Park and you would find him playing basketball at school yards in Venice Park and Richmond Ave. He was huge NBA fan being a diehard Knicks and Lakers fan. He also ran cross country at Atlantic City High.

Pat was the number two son of predeceased Larry and Pat Skey. He had 5 siblings, Lorretta (George Henry) of Brigantine Mike (Diane Surprenant) of Linwood, Lorraine (Roger Hoag) of Northfield, Dennis (Jo Ann Wescoat) of Brookline NH and Kevin (Gina Galat) of Winchendon MA. He also had over 20 nieces and nephews who will remember him.

In honor of Patrick's memory, the family has asked your willingness to make donations to local homeless shelters, which is, at this time, in dire need of money, food, beds and clothing.

Doris A. Lafreniere

June 13, 1936 ~ September 22, 2022 (Age 86)

WINCHENDON - Doris A. (McAllister) Lafreniere, 86, died Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Leominster Crossing in Leominster.

She was born in Winchendon on June 13, 1936, a daughter of the late Freddie McAllister and Josephine (Mello) McAllister.

Doris graduated from Murdock High School with the Class of 1954. She was employed in the Cafeteria at Toy Town Elementary for many years.

Doris was a member of United Parish Church in Winchendon and the Clark YMCA. She was an avid bowler in her younger years and enjoyed knitting mittens and loved animals.

Doris is survived by her husband, Anthony Lafreniere; by six children, Candy Lafreniere and her partner, Dennis Daly of Lowell; Brenda Fitzgerald and her husband John of Severn, Maryland, Sherry Lafreniere and her partner, Warren Field of Winchendon, Anthony Lafreniere Jr. and his wife Heather of North Attleboro, Todd Lafreniere and his wife Cyndee of Baldwinville, Rhonda Robichaud and her husband James of Farmville, VA; two brothers, Richard McAllister of Winchendon, Freddie McAllister of Great Barrington, MA; a sister, Marion Boutelle of Holden; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Doris's memory be made to St. Jude's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To leave online condolences, please visit

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor and Douglas M. Stone, funeral directors.

Marjorie M. Bushey

March 25, 1934 ~ September 27, 2022 (Age 88)

Marjorie M. (Russell) Bushey, 88, of Gardner, died peacefully Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in Wachusett Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Gardner.

Born in Athol on March 25, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George and Arlene (Isrow) Russell and was raised by her stepfather, William McLean.

Marjorie was an Assembler employed by Simplex Time Recorder of Gardner for 10-years until her retirement in 1996.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved playing BINGO, cross-stitching, quilting, reading and word games.

Marjorie was married to Thomas V. Bushey Jr. for 60 years until his death on October 20, 2016.

She leaves three sons, Thomas V. Bushey, III and his wife Barbara of Gardner, Douglas W. Bushey and his companion Linda Fogarty of Templeton and Michael J. Bushey and his wife Karen of Winchendon; one daughter, Linda M. Bushey of Gardner; thirteen grandchildren, and twenty-six grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother Steven Russell of Florida, and one sister, Gloria Pace of Mississippi; and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Wachusett Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 32 Hospital Hill Road, Gardner, MA 01440, or to Beacon Hospice, 36 Williams Street, Leominster, MA 01453. Please reference in memory of Marjorie M. Bushey.

Paul Roy

April 28, 1938 ~ September 19, 2022 (Age 84)

Fitchburg - Paul Roy, 84, of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born in St. Marie, NB, Canada, on April 28, 1938, the first son of the late Alyre and Marie (Bastarache) Roy. Paul spent his career working in contracting, eventually owning Roy Brother's Siding for over 25 years. He found great pleasure in tinkering around the house with projects and working around the yard. Paul was an avid hockey fan, rooting for his favorite team, the Montreal Canadiens. Every summer Paul always looked forward to vacationing in New Brunswick with his wife and family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris (Bastarache) Roy; three children, Paulette Roy-Tata of Fitchburg, Steven Roy and wife Carla of Baldwinville, Nelson Roy of Winchendon; grandchildren, Christopher, Monique, Lillian, Zachary, and Nicholette; siblings, Ida Boucher and husband Paul of Fitchburg, Leo Roy and wife Maria of TN, Victor Roy and wife Diane of Leominster, Florence Henrie and husband Ernest of Fitchburg, Denise Roy and husband Bernard of Leominster, Ronald Roy and wife Denise of Leominster; many nieces and nephews.

Paul was predeceased by his brother Roger Roy.

The Roy Family would like to thank the HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice Organization for their exceptional support and commitment to Paul's care. We will be forever grateful for the compassion and dignity that was provided to him during his final months.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 28th at 11:00am in the Pieta Chapel at Saint Joseph Cemetery, 486 Clarendon St., Fitchburg. Brandon Funeral Home, Fitchburg is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice, 60 Hospital Road, Leominster, MA 01453 or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Pauline G. Freda

June 2, 1934 ~ 2022 (Age 88)

Fitchburg - Pauline G. (Mailhot) Freda, 88, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Nicholas on July 8, 2020. Together they enjoyed 64 years of marriage.

Pauline was born in Fitchburg on June 2, 1934, the daughter of the late Leo and Marie (Mercier) Mailhot. For 22 years, Pauline worked at the Sears department store; she was the longtime friendly face in the Men's department, before working in finances. Later, she was employed by the City of Fitchburg Public School System in food service for many years. She was an active member of the Ladies of St. Anne in Fitchburg.

Pauline loved bowling and visiting the casino with her husband. They always looked forward to their winters in Sarasota, FL, where they enjoyed spending time with friends. Family was most important to Pauline, and she treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children; Nicholas F. Freda and wife Cynthia of Rindge, NH, Paula Burdell and husband Kevin of Winchendon, David Freda of Fitchburg; Anne-Marie Franz and husband Manfred of Fitchburg; grandchildren, Ashley Rice, Tiffany Fibich, Nicholas Freda, Christopher Burdell, Alisha Kaliviotis, Thomas Burdell, Erick Freda, Jacob Freda, Samantha Franz, Melissa Franz, Gregory Franz, and Michael Franz & 12 great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Tuesday, October 4 from 9:30-11:00am. The funeral Mass will be held at 11:30am in Saint Joseph Church, followed by burial at the MA Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036.

David A. LaFortune

December 7, 1950 ~ July 2, 2022 (Age 71)

David A. LaFortune of Ashville, NY, formerly of Winchendon, Ma. Passed away on July 2 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer.

David was the son of the late Edmund "Pop" LaFortune and Claire (LaFortune) Rafuse. He grew up in Winchendon and graduated from Murdock High School. After graduating High School David enlisted in the Army where he served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

This began his desire to travel where-ever and whenever he could referring his years of travel to his "Road Trips."

He leaves two sons, Scott LaFortune of Brandon, Fl., Marc LaFortune of Annandale, Va. Three brothers, Edmond "Ed" LaFortune, of Winchendon, Paul LaFortune of Varnell, GA, Peter LaFortune of Mt. Airy, MD. Three sisters, Donna Fortin of Winchendon, Susan Chaplin of Westminster, MA, and Linda Christy of Oxford, MA. Four Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents David was predeceased by a sister Kim Paine.

per David's request funeral services are private. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

The family would like to thank Care Central VNA and Hospice and the Anatomical Gift Program at UMASS Medical Center for their care and kindness.

Travel on David and thank you for all the Roads you have shown us.

Mary A. Chipman

January 12, 1937 ~ September 26, 2022 (Age 85)

TEMPLETON - Mary A. Chipman, 85, died Monday, September 26, 2022, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Gardner on January 12, 1937, the daughter of the late L. Porter Andrews and V. Rose (Turgiss) Andrews.

Mary graduated from Templeton High School with the Class of 1955 and graduated from Newton Wellesley School of Nursing in 1958.

Mary traveled extensively and worked in hospitals in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, and Massachusetts ending her career working at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Mary married Arnold R. Chipman in 1962 and raised 3 children.

She leaves her children; Susan Curran of Chandler, Arizona, Brian Chipman and his wife Linda of Gardner, Gail Winslow and her husband Ron of Templeton; grandchildren, Matthew Curran, Kevin Curran and his wife Allison, Jonathan, Timothy and Justin Chipman, Meghan and Jackson Winslow; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Chad Curran; she also leaves a sister, Edith Kosakowksi of Winchendon; two brothers, Walter Andrews and his wife Sandy of Newington, CT, Charles Andrews and his wife Bernice of The Villages, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Mary participated in the Narragansett Booster Club, the Templeton Housing Authority, Snowbound Club, and the Templeton Womens Golf League. She was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Gardner. She enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She enjoyed playing card games, drawing, knitting, reading, cooking, and watching football games and golf. She always cherished the trip across country she did with her friends. She was loved and respected by many.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 1 pm in St. Paul's Episcopal Church 79 Cross St., Gardner. Burial will be private.

A calling hour will be held prior to the mass in the church from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Mary's memory be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

To leave online condolences, please visit

Mack Family Funeral Home 105 Central St., Gardner is directing arrangements. Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor and Douglas M. Stone, funeral directors.