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Nelson J. Menard

Passed Away on May 26, 2019


On Sunday, May 26, 2019, Nelson J. Menard, loving husband & father of three, passed away surrounded by family and friends, at his home in Mesa, Arizona, after finally succumbing to his battle with prostate cancer.

Nelson was born December 06, 1944 to the late Edith (Carter) Menard & late Philip F. Menard in Lynn, MA. and were one of 13 children. He met his wife, Elaine A. Michaud of Lawrence, MA. while living with one of his oldest brothers, Ron Menard, where Elaine, was literally, “the girl next door”. They eloped in Kittery, ME on October, 19. 1963, and I guess you can say the rest is history.

Nelson was a proud United States Army, Veteran. He and Elaine raised their three children in
Chester, NH. in a little one room school house, previously known as The Towle School. In 1986,
due to health reasons, he packed up his family and moved to Mesa, Arizona.

Nelson worked in construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator, and he would say he “was a
jack of all trades, master of none”. His wit and humor were unmatched. He always had a smile
on his face, regardless of how he felt. He had a passion for traveling, working on old cars (or
any car), was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and most of all he loved
spending time with his wife and family.

Nelson was pre-deceased by both his parents, three brothers, one sister, their oldest son,
Nelson Menard, II and a great grandson. He is survived by his wife, Elaine A Menard of Mesa,
AZ, his daughter, Wendy A. Menard of San Tan Valley, AZ and his son, John S. Menard (M. Leigh-
Ann (Teatro)) of Mesa, AZ., and by step mother, Ethel Menard of Manchester, NH,. They have 7
grandchildren; 9 great- grandchildren, along with a very large extended family that will miss
him terribly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JDRF International to help fight and create a world
without Type 1 Diabetes, Prostate Cancer Foundation, or of course, the charity of
your choice.

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  1. Cassie & Mike De Zeeuw says:

    What a wonderful story he lived! Thank you for your service Mr. Menard! I’m so fortunate to have met you and your lovely family because of your daughter, Wendy. You will be greatly missed by everyone you have touched but may you now rest in peace.
    God bless! ?

  2. Linda Seabury says:

    Condolences to all of the Menards. May Nelson rest in peace.

  3. Rhenda says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Nelson. We are thinking of you all during this sad time. My Danny mentioned him to me many times, with fondness. Big hugs from our family to yours. Xoxoxo Rhenda and Heather Menard

  4. Carol and Steve Savoy says:

    It was an honor to know Nelson as a family member and friend! His positive attitude and fight for life never ceased to amaze us! We loved his sense of humor from the first day we met him!!! He was a well-loved man and his memory will live on in his beautiful family! We send our love and condolences to Elaine and the entire Menard family.

  5. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you, Cassie. You and Mike are so special to our family, and brought so much love and laughter. Dad just loved speaking to both of you. I know how much dad will miss his chats with Mike. Love you both.

  6. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you Rhenda,
    It is truly so surreal, I know you understand how diabetes can really take a toll on a family. My dad loved taking us to watch the races with Uncle Danny and we spent some time with “Tiger and Angel” before we moved away, however it was always fun to catch up when we were able to go back for reunions.
    Love to you.
    Wendy

  7. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you so much Linda,
    lots of love to your family from ours. XOXO.

  8. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment, Carol & Steve. He did truly fight so hard until the end. He had a never wavering spirit, humor and attitude, that I am pretty sure could be in the record books. We will miss him so dearly, however knowing he is no longer in pain is the only thing that makes my day just a slight bit easier. Love to everyone.
    Wendy

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Nelson J. Menard

Passed Away on May 26, 2019


On Sunday, May 26, 2019, Nelson J. Menard, loving husband & father of three, passed away surrounded by family and friends, at his home in Mesa, Arizona, after finally succumbing to his battle with prostate cancer.

Nelson was born December 06, 1944 to the late Edith (Carter) Menard & late Philip F. Menard in Lynn, MA. and were one of 13 children. He met his wife, Elaine A. Michaud of Lawrence, MA. while living with one of his oldest brothers, Ron Menard, where Elaine, was literally, “the girl next door”. They eloped in Kittery, ME on October, 19. 1963, and I guess you can say the rest is history.

Nelson was a proud United States Army, Veteran. He and Elaine raised their three children in
Chester, NH. in a little one room school house, previously known as The Towle School. In 1986,
due to health reasons, he packed up his family and moved to Mesa, Arizona.

Nelson worked in construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator, and he would say he “was a
jack of all trades, master of none”. His wit and humor were unmatched. He always had a smile
on his face, regardless of how he felt. He had a passion for traveling, working on old cars (or
any car), was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and most of all he loved
spending time with his wife and family.

Nelson was pre-deceased by both his parents, three brothers, one sister, their oldest son,
Nelson Menard, II and a great grandson. He is survived by his wife, Elaine A Menard of Mesa,
AZ, his daughter, Wendy A. Menard of San Tan Valley, AZ and his son, John S. Menard (M. Leigh-
Ann (Teatro)) of Mesa, AZ., and by step mother, Ethel Menard of Manchester, NH,. They have 7
grandchildren; 9 great- grandchildren, along with a very large extended family that will miss
him terribly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JDRF International to help fight and create a world
without Type 1 Diabetes, Prostate Cancer Foundation, or of course, the charity of
your choice.

8 responses to “Nelson J. Menard”

  1. Cassie & Mike De Zeeuw says:

    What a wonderful story he lived! Thank you for your service Mr. Menard! I’m so fortunate to have met you and your lovely family because of your daughter, Wendy. You will be greatly missed by everyone you have touched but may you now rest in peace.
    God bless! ?

  2. Linda Seabury says:

    Condolences to all of the Menards. May Nelson rest in peace.

  3. Rhenda says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Nelson. We are thinking of you all during this sad time. My Danny mentioned him to me many times, with fondness. Big hugs from our family to yours. Xoxoxo Rhenda and Heather Menard

  4. Carol and Steve Savoy says:

    It was an honor to know Nelson as a family member and friend! His positive attitude and fight for life never ceased to amaze us! We loved his sense of humor from the first day we met him!!! He was a well-loved man and his memory will live on in his beautiful family! We send our love and condolences to Elaine and the entire Menard family.

  5. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you, Cassie. You and Mike are so special to our family, and brought so much love and laughter. Dad just loved speaking to both of you. I know how much dad will miss his chats with Mike. Love you both.

  6. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you Rhenda,
    It is truly so surreal, I know you understand how diabetes can really take a toll on a family. My dad loved taking us to watch the races with Uncle Danny and we spent some time with “Tiger and Angel” before we moved away, however it was always fun to catch up when we were able to go back for reunions.
    Love to you.
    Wendy

  7. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you so much Linda,
    lots of love to your family from ours. XOXO.

  8. Wendy Menard says:

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment, Carol & Steve. He did truly fight so hard until the end. He had a never wavering spirit, humor and attitude, that I am pretty sure could be in the record books. We will miss him so dearly, however knowing he is no longer in pain is the only thing that makes my day just a slight bit easier. Love to everyone.
    Wendy

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