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John W. Marchand Jr.
October 12, 2023
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John William Marchand Jr., a Marine Corps Veteran and resident of North Smithfield, RI, passed away on October 12th, 2023, at his home. He was born in North Attleboro, MA, and was the son of the late John William Proctor Marchand and the late Helen Baglini (née Mobriant). Additionally, he was lovingly cared for by his grandmother, Lillian Mobriant (née Ewen), whom he held in deep affection.
John leaves behind his devoted wife of 50 years, Elaine Marie Grenier Marchand, along with his children: John William Marchand III of North Smithfield, RI, Nicole Taylor Haslam, and her husband Kevin of Cranston, RI. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren: Ciara Taylor Marchand, John William Marchand IV, Jack Whitman Haslam, and Andy Emerson Haslam.
He also leaves behind his sisters Debra Wentworth and her husband Charles of South Kingstown, RI, Lisa Lee of Bellingham, MA, Carol Voisinet of Woonsocket, RI, Donna Kingsman and her husband Thomas of Attleboro, MA, a brother-in-law James Coyne of Foxboro, MA, a half-brother Jefim Parkhurst of Bellingham, MA and numerous nieces and nephews. John also held a special place in his heart for his late siblings, Daryl Parkhurst, Pamela Coyne, Kathleen Ishler, Timothy Marchand, and Gary Marchand whom he spoke of fondly and cared for deeply.
John was a man who loved playing music, sharing jokes, and tinkering to solve problems. He was always ready and willing to assist those in need, maintaining close contact with old friends and extended family members alike. As a husband and father, John provided unwavering support to his family, ensuring they enjoyed the stability he lacked in his childhood. His grandchildren will forever hold dear the memories of their time spent with their Grandpa, from soaring from the tree swing he lovingly crafted, and relishing secret moments of candy-sharing after bedtime, to riding alongside him on his tractor or sharing nearly-age-appropriate jokes.
John's family wishes to acknowledge the members of his band, "Fixed Income," and their wives, as well as his former bandmates from groups like "Road Trip" and "Morse Code." Performing music brought immense comfort and joy to his life and often allowed him to speak when he didn't have the words.
John's family has requested a private burial and asked that John's legacy be honored by living life as John did with kindness and acceptance. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket.