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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
David Girardin

David Joseph Girardin

October 4, 1938 - November 13, 2019
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David Joseph Girardin, 81, of West Simsbury, beloved husband of Stella (Nascimbeni) Girardin, died Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Hartford Hospital. He was born October 4, 1938 in Rumford, ME, son of the late Donat and Victoria Girardin and had lived in Hartford prior to moving to the home he personally built in Simsbury 55 years ago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dave owned and operated Girardin Pest Control for many years and was currently with Battison Dry Cleaning. Dave was an accomplished carpenter and furniture maker as well as member of the Simsbury Camera Club and the Connecticut Audubon Society. A lifelong photography enthusiast, he graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 1963. In recent years he turned his camera to the natural world and local barns and covered bridges. His work has been featured in magazines and calendars. Dave also lead workshops and displayed his work in local art shows and galleries including shows at White Memorial Foundation and CT Audubon events.

In addition to his loving wife of 60 years, he is survived by his daughter, Sandra J. Girardin and husband Nick Meszaros; his son, Matthew Girardin; two sisters, Racheal Paradise and Sr:Jean Girardin; brothers-in-law, Ben Nascimbeni and wife Barbara and Lou Nascimbeni; sisters-in-law, Jeannie Zappalorti and husband Alvaro and Mary Caserta; grandchildren, David R. Girardin and Julie Girardin, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, David A. Girardin; sister, Sr:Gertrude Girardin and Hortence Robaker and a brother-in-law, Richard Caserta.

Dave will be remembered by us all for his quick smile and bright blue eyes. He was known as true gentleman, for his deep devotion to Stella, the love of his life, and for being quick to offer a story or a joke while being a man of integrity, respectful to all.

David’s family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Tuesday, November 19th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 20th at the Church of Saint Ann, 289 Arch Road in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the CT Audubon Society, 314 Unquowa Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Please visit David’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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  • Visitation

    November 19, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    November 19, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    Address
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    November 20, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    November 20, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Church of St. Ann
    Address
    289 Arch Road
    Avon, CT 06001
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    Officiant
    Fr. John W. McHugh

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Posted at 06:06pm
I worked with Dave for several years and his smile and cheerful take on life was an inspiration to myself and those around him. He always had a story, always made me laugh! He was kind, thoughtful and caring of those around him. His love for his wife and family was always at the for-front. I will miss his smile most of all. You will be missed but thought of with fond memories by the people that you came in contact with throughout the years.

Your friend, Tammie Cutler
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Paul Poirier

Posted at 03:45pm
David was a classmate at Ste Anne's Grammar School in Hartford and was liked by all . He was popular, charming, funny, friendly and very good looking. As the years passed since then we reconnected at a Special Place, a florist in East Windsor and he asked if I had ever considered a reunion with our class. I gave him my word that someday I would do so and that wonderful reunion of 50 years became a reality and a wonderful event it was. David then supplied the inspiration for that magical event. As the years passed further we stayed in touch and I was always pleased to receive his Christmas card and occasional notes. His thoughtfulness was illustrated when he sent me a framed photograph of the home where I grew up in Marlborough, MA which he had taken when visiting his sister in Hudson , MA. . That was David, considerate, warm , a special man. The world has lost a kind heart and I am very saddened by his passing. I extend my sincerest condolences to Stella and his family on their profound loss and I am certain that I am joined in these sentiments by our Ste Anne's classmates. Rest in peace dear friend.
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