July 4, 2014

Gregory James Pinard

December 2, 1948 - July 1, 2014

ST. ALBANS BAY, VT. — Gregory James Pinard, 65, died bravely from the incurable disease of ALS on Tuesday, July 1, at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was born on Dec. 2, 1948, son of Gaston and Florida (LeMay) Pinard.

Greg graduated from St. Michael's High School in Montpelier in 1967, received his bachelors degree in mathematics from Castleton State College and a masters degree in administration from the University of Vermont. He spent his career teaching high school mathematics at Spaulding High School in Barre, Vt. where he was also a principal for the summer school program there for many years. He was a driver education teacher in an after school program. If he was sitting in your passenger seat, you could not escape the driver education teacher in him.

Greg loved sports, the New York Mets and New York Giants being his favorite teams. He was an avid golfer. He played and coached basketball and baseball. He then proudly went on to be a reputable basketball referee for many years.

Greg was a very generous man giving to the less fortunate both during his life and now in his death leaving much of his estate to North Country Mission of Hope. He helped two of his Chinese students, who had lost their family in a car accident, to start up a food truck in order to make money to support themselves. He also started the annual Christmas dinner for the homeless in Barre, Vt. in the 1980's. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity during his retirement years.

Greg loved taking road trips and he loved his dogs. In 2008, he drove across northern United States and to Alaska in a mini-van with his dog and his companion Nancy. Other road trips included drives to the Gaspe Peninsula, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, San Francisco, Rt. 66, Grand Canyon, Utah's national parks and Florida.

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