Albert Charles Bedard
Albert Bedard was a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather (“Pepe”) who enjoyed spending time with his beloved family and grandchildren. He lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was drafted in the summer of 1968 just before marrying his wife Alice. He enlisted into the Marine Corps and participated in Operation Oklahoma Hills in Quang Nam Province, in the Republic of Vietnam. After being seriously wounded by mortar fire, he spent more than six months in recovery at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, Mass. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in January 1970. He received a Purple Heart for his service. He also earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooters Badge. He passed away in February 2007 from Lung Cancer at the age of 58. As of December 2016—nearly 10 years after his death—he is survived, missed and fondly remembered by his wife Alice Bedard and their daughters and their families, Dawn and Charles Simmons and their daughter Alessandra; Kelly and Mark Bailey and their sons Dylan and Jacob. Mr. Bedard is also survived by his sister Jean Fontaine, and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was laid to rest at the Massachusetts State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, Mass. He is missed dearly because he was a wonderful man.