Brunswick- William T. “Bill” Goard, 90, a resident of Tamarac Road for 58 years, died peacefully Saturday, October, 18, 2014, at his home with his devoted wife and loving children by his side, following a long illness.
Born April 20, 1924 in Troy, Mr. Goard was the son of the late William H. and Carrie M. (Rogers) Goard. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years Marcella A. (Trzcinski) Goard of Brunswick. Bill and Marcella were married on October 12, 1947.
Mr. Goard attended Troy High School and worked for a short time at the former Behr-Manning Co. in Watervliet as a cutting machine operator.
In April 1943 he was inducted into the United States Army where he was trained as a Surgical Technician. After serving during World War II in the European-African, Middle Eastern, Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and at sea, he was honorably discharged as a Technician 5th grade on October 30, 1945.
After returning home he was employed as a route salesman by the former Walter G. Hiney Distributors in Wynantskill for over 40 years. He retired in 1987.
As a young man he enjoyed square dancing where he met his future wife at Carroll’s Grove. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping in the Adirondacks, long drives in the country, local NY history and sightseeing. He and his wife loved to listen to big band music and had quite the album collection.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his eight children, William J. Goard of South Windsor, CT, Martin K. Goard of Troy
Carol A. (Joe) Gill of Schenectady, Nancy E. Goard of Brunswick
James R. (June) Goard, Jeffrey L. Goard and Terrie A. Goard all of Tamarac and Edward J. Goard of Schenectady, a brother, Gerald Goard, a brother and sister-in law, Ray and Carolyn Trzcinski of Brunswick, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Helen Trzcinski.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY-7, located in Raymertown. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. There will be no public calling hours.
Memorial contributions, if desired, at the request of the family, may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, New York 12144 or to the Third Presbyterian Church, 113 Winter Street, Troy, New York 12180, in memory of William T. Goard.