Wilfred L. Savard

 

January 6,2015

 

 

 

Wilfred L. Savard, 81, of Barrington, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2015 at Rhode Island Hospital after a short illness.  Will was the husband of Patricia (McKenna) Savard.  Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Wilfrid and Lillian (Ringuette) Savard.  Will was a proud Rhode Islander, born and raised in a French-speaking household in Woonsocket, the oldest of four siblings.  Smart and athletic, he was a good student and played baseball and hockey.  He was drafted into the US Army in 1953 just as the Korean War was drawing to a close.  He was stationed in Europe and patrolled the East German border. He went to college on the GI Bill, earning a Master’s Degree in Oceanography at URI, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.  He became a teacher, and spent close to thirty years teaching science at Barrington High School.  He coached little league sports for his sons, was an assistant coach of the Barrington High baseball and hockey teams, sang in the Barrington Men’s Glee Club, was past president of the West Barrington Men’s Club, and was active in the WBMC softball, golf, and bowling leagues.  He was a tireless worker – during his summers off from teaching, he photographed weddings, painted houses, served as a naturalist on the Bay Queen cruise ship and at the Lincoln Woods ecology center, and worked as a handy-man (both on his family’s house, and on others).  He was an amazing cook, a natural athlete, and a scientist through and through, possessed of a seemingly boundless understanding of the natural world.   He had a wonderful laugh, and could bring out the best laughs of others either with witty stories, or his fabled Mr. Magoo impersonation.  He was, as his niece Erin and dear family friend Flannery will tell you, the smartest man in the world.Will is survived by his wife of 49 years Pat, his sons, Michael W. Savard of Chicago IL and his wife Mary, Peter M. Savard of Long Island City NY and his wife Moitri, and Stephen W. Savard of Tisbury MA and his wife Quinn, along with three sisters, Pauline Collard, Alice Didion, and Muriel Negrotti.  Will was a loving grandfather of 5, step-grandfather of 2, and step-great-grandfather of 4.Visiting hours will be held at Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence on Friday, Jan 9 from 4pm – 8pm.  Funeral Mass to be held at St. Martha’s Church, East Providence, on Saturday Jan 10 at 11am.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation http://www.alzfdn.org/ContributetoAFA/makeadonation.html