Gilbert M. Biron, 91, of Sarasota, FL passed peacefully on February 27, 2023.
He was born in Manchester on November 20, 1931 to Hilaire and Pauline (Couture) Biron. Gil graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1950 and proudly served in the NH Air National Guard for almost 36 years until his retirement as Chief Master Sergeant in 1986.
Gil married the love of his life, Helen (Lemire) of Manchester, NH on June 6, 1953, and would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this June. Together they raised five children, Donna St. Pierre and her husband, Pete, of Manchester, Debbie Burgess of Sarasota, FL, and DeeAnn Pouliot and her husband, Joe, Doreen Kienia and her husband, Kevin and Michael Biron, all of Manchester. Gil was very proud of his family that also included eight grandchildren, Corey, Shauna, Melissa, Casey, Jordan, Jacob, Kyle and Kody; 14 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; a brother, Roland Biron of Manchester and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He meant so much to so many people.
Gil and Helen loved being retired and entertaining friends at their winter home in Port Charlotte, FL and more recently in Sarasota. They spent 40 memorable summers at their cottage in Maine where the family gathered together and developed lifelong friendships with neighbors on the lake. Gil loved to tell stories and enjoyed fishing, playing cards and outdoor activities. He took his family on many great vacations, taught them the music of Frank Sinatra, how to play cribbage and, most importantly, to enjoy life every day. He lived life to its fullest and with Helen by his side. They did it their way.
He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Constance Caron; a brother, Charles Biron, and a son-in-law, Herb Burgess.
SERVICES: Calling hours are on Monday (6/5) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday (6/6) at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Elm St., Manchester. Committal prayers will follow at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity of one’s choice.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7)