ATHOL- Brian P. Robichaud, age 77, passed away August 22, 2021 at home after his 21 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He leaves his wife Jean Burnham Robichaud after 48 years of marriage.
He was born in Gardner, Mass. on June 2, 1944, the son of the late Paul Robichaud and Norma Rising Robichaud.
Brian leaves a brother, Barry Robichaud and his wife Carol, a brother Brent Robichaud and his wife Susan, all of Athol, MA. He also leaves an aunt, Judy Taylor of Westerly, Rhode Island and uncle Robert Rising of Southwick, MA. Also a brother in law, Michael J. Lovell and his wife Judy Burnham Lovell of Orange, MA and several nieces, nephews, along with two great nieces and one great nephew. He had cousins by the dozens from Rhode Island, New York, Colorado, California, Arizona, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Brian graduated from Athol High School in 1962 and joined the US Navy as an electrician’s mate aboard the USS Kawishiwi during the Vietnam War. His travels took him to ports such as Hawaii, Tokyo, Kowloon, Danang Bay, Philippines, and many more during his four years of service.
After his Navy days, he attended Mount Wachusett Community College and graduated with honors with an Associate’s degree in Business.
In 1972, Brian went to work for Chase Machinery Co. in Orange until their closing. Later he went to work at the L. S. Starrett Co. until his retirement in 2001.
Brian was a proud lifetime member of the Carb’s Hot Rod Club where he restored a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible. During his membership, he became the club’s historian and published a booklet with facts and photos since the club was first established. He loved going to car shows, poker runs, Carb’s picnics and just hanging out with his car buffs.
During the summer months, he vacationed in Wells Beach, Maine and continued his love for car shows and of course using his skills with his camera of special cars.
After moving to Millers Woods retirement community , he enjoyed driving his golf cart to the clubhouse to play table pool and enjoyed an occasional game of cribbage. (8-22-2021)= 15 two plus four of a kind= 14 points.
Due to the Covid virus, there will be no calling hours and only private services to be held.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.
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