Marcel Joseph GelinasJanuary 6, 1922 ~ December 12, 2017 (age 95)
TEXAS-Marcel Joseph Gelinas, 95, of Texas and formerly of Wilbraham & Springfield was called safely home on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Marcel was born on January 6, 1922 in Ste-Flore-de-Grand’Mere, Province of Quebec, Canada. He was the son of the late Fidele and Paula (St-Arnaud) Gelinas. He was a Registered Pharmacist in the Springfield area for fifty years and had been a Justice of the Peace for twenty one years. He spent nineteen years as pharmacist and manager for the Charkoudian Drug Stores in Mason Square. He retired from the Waldbaum Pharmacy Chain in West Springfield in 1992. He was a communicant of the former St. Thomas Aquinas Church for 65 years and a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Ludlow (now St. Elizabeth) for fourteen years. He was a graduate of the former St. Thomas Aquinas grammar school in the Brightwood section of Springfield and a graduate of the former St. Joseph High School in Berthierville, Province of Quebec, Canada, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the former Western Massachusetts School of Pharmacy. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and took part in the invasion and liberation of the Philippines. Aboard ship he was a radio operator. He earned the Atlantic Theater medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater medal, the Philippine Liberation medal with one battle star, the Victory medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion (Indian Orchard Post 277) and a member of the Boston Post of the Royal Canadian Legion of Canada. He was a past president of the Mt. Tom Athletic Association, sponsors of the Holyoke Marathon. He was a member of the Brightwood Golden Agers. He was an avid genealogist and held life memberships in the Montreal and Quebec City societies. He was also a life member of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society of New Hampshire and a member of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut as well as the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Justices of the Peace Association. He was a member of the Western Massachusetts Pharmacists Association. He was especially proud of his dual citizenship of the United States and Canada. He had been a resident of Wilbraham for 44 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, the former Jeannette Couture, who died September 28, 2004. He was also pre-deceased by his dear sister, Lorraine Templeman, on July 26, 2012. He leaves his dear son, Marc and his wife Lillee (Smith) of Southlake, Texas and a dear grandson, Alexander Gelinas also of Southlake as well as several nieces and nephews here and several friends and cousins in Quebec, Canada. The family invites you to join them on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. for the Rite of Committal with Final Commendation and Military Honors directly at St. Michaels Cemetery, 1601 State St., Springfield, Mass. (Please arrive no later than 1:50 p.m. at gravesite. Burial in St. Andrew Section, enter main gate take first left, then last road on right, sixth section down). The Ratell Funeral Home of Indian Orchard has been entrusted with arrangements.