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William O. Bedard

May 6, 2018

William O. Bedard, 92, of Blackstone, died on May 6, 2018 in his home.  He was the husband of Julie (Blanchette) Bedard. Born in Woonsocket, RI, and the son of the late Leo and Edna (Champagne) Bedard.

Bill Bedard worked for over 30 years as a teacher and Mathematics Department Chair for the Woonsocket High School, retiring in 1990. His stories of escapades with his horse, plane, service, and family were legendary in his classrooms. Bill Bedard served in the military in WWII and Korean Wars. Bill Bedard was the ultimate family dad. His extracurricular activities always revolved around his family, such as boating and fishing with his children, going to the beach for picnics, bowling, and taking the family out for ice cream on sizzling summer nights in the station wagon. Everyone who knew Bill Bedard enjoyed his warm and kind-spirited conversations with anticipation of an interesting story to follow. He will be deeply missed.

Besides his wife Julie, William is survived by their children, Fred Bedard and his wife Debra of Woonsocket; Thomas Bedard and his wife Maria of Gainesville, FL; Barbara Smithson and her husband Rumsey of Uxbridge; brother, Robert Bedard of Chepachet; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother George Bedard.

His funeral will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10 AM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 S. Main St., Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 314 Wrentham Road, Bellingham, MA. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4- 6 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman St #306, Providence, RI 02906.

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association RI Chapter
245 Waterman Street Suite 306, Providence RI 02906

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