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Official Obituary of: Bernard “Bernard of the Cross O.C.D.S.” Poirier 06/06/2019

Bernard “Bernard of the Cross O.C.D.S.” Poirier 06/06/2019

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Bernard “Bernard of the Cross O.C.D.S.” Poirier, 90, of North Attleboro passed away, June 6, 2019 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  He was the devoted husband of Rolande (Daneau) Poirier for 71 years.

Born August 30, 1928 in Taunton, he was a son of the late Alexander J. and Elizabeth (Frechette) Poirier.

Bernard grew up in Taunton and has been a resident of North Attleboro since 1961.  He worked as a self-employed contractor at Poirier & Daneau Construction Company in Pawtucket, RI.

Bernard was a devoted communicant of Sacred Heart Parish in North Attleboro and was active in many church activities including choir and as a lector.  He was a member of C.F.M. (Christian Family Movement) and was a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. Bernard was a private pilot and travelled with his wife Rolande around the country for several years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 15 loving children:  Veneta Lorraine-Zino of Churchville, PA, Elizabeth M. Poirier of Attleboro, Alice R. Smith and husband Jeff of Westwood, Celeste R. Leydon and her husband Richard of North Attleboro, Andrea J. Lavoie and her husband Allan of Norton, Bernard Poirier and his wife Deryl of Foster, Paul J. Poirier and his wife Theresa of Seekonk, Rosalie A. Phipps and her husband Craig Stock of Wayne, PA., Josette F. Crawford and her husband Jack of Pawtucket, Christopher J. Poirier of Plainville, Francis S. Poirier and his wife Ruth of East Providence, Thomas M. Poirier and his wife Luisa of North Attleboro, Marie B. SaoBento and her husband Dennis of Warren, RI, David P. Poirier and his wife Karen of Pittsburgh, PA. and Suzanne J. Poirier and her husband Christopher of Berwyn, PA.  A sister, Carol DeCubellis of Pawtucket, RI.  Forty three cherished grandchildren and ten adored great-grandchildren.

He was the brother of the late Norman Poirier, Janet Nerbonne, and Dolores LaCroix.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday June 10, 2019 from 5-9pm in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home 15 Grove St. North Attleboro.  A funeral will begin from the funeral home on Tuesday June 11, 2019 at 9am followed by a  Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Sacred Heart Church 58 Church St. North Attleboro, MA.  Burial to follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, 359 Daggett Ave. Pawtucket, RI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmelite Discalced Friars U.C.D.S., 166 Foster St., Brighton, MA 02135.

 

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  • Our Deepest condolences to Mrs. Poirier, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We the Silveiras (Franklin, Roxana, Nathaniel & Sophia Margot) were 1st welcomed to the neighborhood in 2003 and during these years (15) they have been the most caring, thoughtful neighbors. We will miss Mr. Poirier so much and will always remember him with deepest love. 

  • Unfortunately I can’t come to the viewing and funeral as much as I would want to. Bernie was a dear friend of mine for almost 40 years. He was a spiritual mentor for me in my 20’s and later a fellow traveler. I was always impressed by his depth and his responsiveness to Christ in his life. When I moved to Florida 20 years ago, we saw less of each other, but still connected on the phone and with letters. Both he and Rolande always made my wife and I feel welcome. 

    My deepest sympathies to all of you. I grew up with and knew many of the Poirier children. Especially I want to express my sympathies to Rolande. She too has been a dear friend. 

    I am lifting Rolande and the entire Poirier family in prayer in this difficult time. God’s grace and blessing to you all!

    I am firmly convinced that Bernie is with the Lord now given the holy and great life he lived. He touched many in his years.

  • Dear Mrs Poirier and family,

    We wish to express our deepest condolences to you and your children. We always enjoyed seeing you and your husband taking walks and the neighborhood conversations we had.

    Sincerely,
    Joe and Diane Beauvais
    34 Forest St

  • The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Brighton, MA have missed Berni’s smile and gentle ways for some time in his last years of illness. He was a great support to his family and friends. May God gather him and reward him.
    Fr. Paul Fohlin, OCD

  • To the Poirier family,

    Joe and I are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. 

    We have so many memories of his wonderful family stories. He delivered those stories with a smirk and a  twinkle in his eye. How he loved his family! 

    He was a deeply religious man and very inspirational. Many times he shook my hand at the sign of peace as he looked at me and said, “May God’s peace be with you”.

    May he now rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

  • Such a wonderful man.   I’m blessed to have known him.
    Always with a warm smile and a hug to greet.
    Thanks Mr. Poirier.   Someday I will see you again for one of those nice hugs.

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6 Responses

  1. Such a wonderful man.   I’m blessed to have known him.
    Always with a warm smile and a hug to greet.
    Thanks Mr. Poirier.   Someday I will see you again for one of those nice hugs.

  2. To the Poirier family,

    Joe and I are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. 

    We have so many memories of his wonderful family stories. He delivered those stories with a smirk and a  twinkle in his eye. How he loved his family! 

    He was a deeply religious man and very inspirational. Many times he shook my hand at the sign of peace as he looked at me and said, “May God’s peace be with you”.

    May he now rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

  3. The Discalced Carmelite Friars of Brighton, MA have missed Berni’s smile and gentle ways for some time in his last years of illness. He was a great support to his family and friends. May God gather him and reward him.
    Fr. Paul Fohlin, OCD

  4. Dear Mrs Poirier and family,

    We wish to express our deepest condolences to you and your children. We always enjoyed seeing you and your husband taking walks and the neighborhood conversations we had.

    Sincerely,
    Joe and Diane Beauvais
    34 Forest St

  5. Unfortunately I can’t come to the viewing and funeral as much as I would want to. Bernie was a dear friend of mine for almost 40 years. He was a spiritual mentor for me in my 20’s and later a fellow traveler. I was always impressed by his depth and his responsiveness to Christ in his life. When I moved to Florida 20 years ago, we saw less of each other, but still connected on the phone and with letters. Both he and Rolande always made my wife and I feel welcome. 

    My deepest sympathies to all of you. I grew up with and knew many of the Poirier children. Especially I want to express my sympathies to Rolande. She too has been a dear friend. 

    I am lifting Rolande and the entire Poirier family in prayer in this difficult time. God’s grace and blessing to you all!

    I am firmly convinced that Bernie is with the Lord now given the holy and great life he lived. He touched many in his years.

  6. Our Deepest condolences to Mrs. Poirier, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We the Silveiras (Franklin, Roxana, Nathaniel & Sophia Margot) were 1st welcomed to the neighborhood in 2003 and during these years (15) they have been the most caring, thoughtful neighbors. We will miss Mr. Poirier so much and will always remember him with deepest love. 

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