Girouard, (Stafford) Joseph Octave

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                            After 47 years:
                 Man reunited with sister; dies seven weeks later
                          By Noella Blacquiere

MIRAMICHI – After recently finding her brother following 47 years apart, Medora (Dora) Leblanc has lost him again. (Stafford) Joseph Octave Girouard passed away on March 12 at the Oromocto Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 72-year old.

“I am very thankful we were able to be reunited after all this searching,” said LeBlanc. LeBlanc’s search began when she ran an article in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner. LeBlanc received a phone call from Girouard’s neighbour, Carson Brewer. Girouard had been living in the Fredericton area since the 1980s. Brewer saw the article and called her immediately.

Planning began for a reunion. The reunion took place Friday, Jan. 24 at Girouard’s home in Maugerville. At the time of the reunion, LeBlanc said her brother was in good health and in fine spirits. “We didn’t know how sick he really was,” said LeBlanc. “He must have been hanging on for us.”

Girouard told his sisters that he thought of them often and wondered where they were. He was able to come to the Miramichi for a visit.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Leblanc. “he came here all by himself on the bus.” Girouard was born in Tracadie and was the son of the late Anthony and Alice (Savoie) Girouard.

Stafford is survived by four sisters: Mrs. Frank Leblanc (Medora) of Nelson-Miramichi, Victoria Conlin of Stratford, ON, Theresa Brideau of Vancouver, BC, and Evelyn Girouard of Thunder Bay, ON. He is also survived by one brother, Edward Girouard of Stratford, ON, six nieces and five nephews.

LeBlanc said he will be sadly missed, “especially by his family and dear friends Teri and Carson Brewer who were friends. They were his Guardian angels and were always there for him when he needed a friend and always looked out for him.”

The funeral was held at Oromocto Funeral Home on March 14. The service was conducted by Rev. Father Weir and the eulogy was written by Teri Brewer and read by Father Weir.

Source; Miramichi Leader – April 1, 2003

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