STURBRIDGE — Ernest L. Thibaudeau, 79, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, in the Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, after a brief illness.

He leaves his wife of 50 years, Michelle A. (Rondeau) Thibaudeau.  He also leaves his only child and daughter, Erika L. Thibaudeau-Dragon and her husband Ronald A. Dragon of Sturbridge; his loving sister, Jean Pouliot and her husband Rodney of Ashford, Conn.; his three sister-in-laws, Cynthia Thibaudeau of Sacramento, Calif., Mary Ellen Thibaudeau of Charlton and Barbara Thibaudeau of New Smyrna, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Guy Rondeau and his wife Ginette of Joliette, Canada; his closest friend, Bertrand “Ben” Gendreau of Charlton; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends of the United States and Canada.  Ernest’s brothers, Francis Thibaudeau, Maurice Thibaudeau, and Albert Thibaudeau predeceased him.  He enjoyed large family gatherings and his beloved pet, lucky. Ernest was born in Southbridge, the son of Paul and Irene R. (Langlais) Thibaudeau.  He grew up in Southbridge and later Charlton and graduated from Charlton High School and then served in the U.S. Navy for five years.

After the Navy he worked as an accountant at Coppus Engineering (later becoming Tuthill-Murray) for over 40 plus years, retiring several years ago. His passion was learning!  He enjoyed his coursework at Quinsigamond College as well as attending seminars and conventions.  In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, collecting antiques, playing card games, travelling, walking in the woods, gardening, and tending to his many flower beds.  For over 40 years he attended St. Anne’s Church in Sturbridge.  He also enjoyed volunteering his time in many area nursing homes.

His funeral will be held on Monday, March 12, from the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anne’s Church, 16 Church St., Sturbridge.  Burial will be in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Sturbridge.  Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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