Marcel J. Allaire, 76, formerly of Mountain Street, and a resident of Indian River Nursing Facility, went into the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ and awaiting to see his wife, Lorraine, and his daughter, Laurie, for a very long time. He died on Friday, July 24, 2009, at the Glens Falls Hospital with his family by his side after a four-year battle with cancer.
Born on July 7, 1933, in Morrisville, Vt., he was the son of the late Peter and Helen (Foss) Allaire.
Marcel married Lorraine Gordon on Oct. 17, 1959, at Notre Dame des Victories Church in Whitehall. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church and past member of the Parish Counsel when it was known as Notre Dame des Victories Church.
Marcel was a Korean War veteran and honorably served his country with pride. He worked for many years as a highway foreman and retired in 1994 from the N.Y. State Department of Transportation in Whitehall.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather to his family and had great pride in doing so.
Marcel was often seen with his sidekick “Sophie” doing errands around town. He loved his animals, “Sophie” and “Kole” and they gave him great enjoyment.
He enjoyed being an active member of “Ducks Unlimited,” which he enjoyed seeing all the grand kids and great grand kids having fun. He also loved to watch golf on television and especially watch when Tiger Woods was playing, loved bird watching, fishing with “Dan” and the kids. He would always go to Gail & Bob’s camp site just to enjoy being outdoors and his trips to Saratoga.
Besides his parents, he is predeceased by wife, Lorraine (Gordon) Allaire; his daughter, Laurie Allaire DiLorenzo; his brother, Phillip Allaire; and many other family members.
He is survived by his daughter, Gail Duncan and her husband, Robert, of Whitehall; three very special grandchildren, James Lagoy, Christopher DiLorenzo and his fiancé, Chia, and Christin DiLorenzo; his niece, Christine Gebo Gordon, who was his guardian angel who took extra special attention to him while he was in Indian River Nursing Facility; two sisters, Leah Daley of Pennsylvania and Rachel Towers and her husband, Ralph; and brothers, Donald Allaire and his wife, Ramona, Norman Allaire, Levi Allaire and his wife, Bonnie, and Raymond Allaire, all of Vermont; step-grandchildren, Scott Duncan, Brad Duncan, and his wife, Carrie, Tarra Garrow and her husband, Joe, Ross Duncan and his fiancée, Stacee, Keith Duncan, all of Vermont; seven step great grandchildren, Deven, Tamara, Kasara, Hannah, Bryce, Zoe and Mya, all of Vermont; sisters-in-law, Rita Gordon of Whitehall, Edith Gordon of Florida, and Helen Gordon of Pennsylvania; and many special nieces and nephews whom he loved very much and anyone that knew of his spirit and spunk will remember his zest for life. He will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, July 27, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall with the Rev. Michael Flannery, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Whitehall.
Following the interment, family and friends were invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Parish Hall of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church.
Calling hours were held Monday at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St., Whitehall.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Marcel’s name to Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, N.Y. 12887 or Domestic Violence, c/o Catholic Charities, 35 Broad Street, Glens Falls, N.Y. 12801.
A very special thank you to Dr. Mark Hoffman and staff, the nurses at Tower 2 at the Glens Falls Hospital and Indian River Nursing Facility for all his wonderful care he received during his illness.