1924 – 2019
THOMPSON – Armand “Normand” A. Provost, 94, passed away on June 29, 2019 at Westview Healthcare Center, Dayville, CT. Normand was born on November 18, 1924 in Putnam, CT son of the late Frank and Leona (Garceau) Provost.
Normand attended St. Mary’s and Putnam High School. His first job was as an usher at the Bradley Playhouse where he met his future wife Julienne. He was drafted into the Army in August 1943 to the 119th Infantry. He served as a rifleman in Italy, where he fought in Rome – Arno, Northern Apennines, and the Po Valley. Normand’s awards included the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He also served with the Military Police towards the end of the war. Upon returning home, he wed Julienne Mandeville on September 3, 1945.
Normand’s family deeply loved him, and he always enjoyed holiday gatherings and family events. He had many hobbies throughout his lifetime including fishing, raising tropical fish, woodworking, CB radio, and golfing; but his passion was beekeeping, which he did for over 40 years. He was a lifelong member of the Worcester Beekeepers Association where he received multiple awards. Staying true to his do-it-yourself nature, he built the family house in 1956. Norman was a Foreman at Webster Spring for the majority of his work career. Normand was a member of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Julienne (Mandeville) Provost; three sons, Paul Provost of Thompson, Wayne Provost and his wife Jane of Oxford, MA, Craig Provost and his wife Annette of Ashford, CT; two daughters, Darlene Tretheway of N. Grosvenordale, CT, and Joyce Biernacki and her husband Bob of N. Grosvenordale, CT; twelve grandchildren, Tammy Brissette and her husband Scott of Thompson, CT, Brian Provost and his wife Jody of Webster, MA, Holly Provost of Charlton, MA, David Provost of Oxford, MA, Kevin Provost of Webster, MA, Amy Provost of Utica, NY, Sarah Tretheway of N. Grosvenordale, CT, Nathan Tretheway of N. Grosvenordale, CT, Joel Tretheway and his wife Akanksha of Putnam, CT, Jesse Tretheway and his wife Amber of Dayville, CT, Lauren Biernacki of Ann Arbor, MI, Ryan Biernacki and his wife Shawna of Moosup, CT; thirteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother-in-law, Norman Mandeville of Hendersonville, NC; two sister-in-laws, Henriette (Mandeville) Cartier of Riverside, CA, and Lorraine (Mandeville) Beausoleil and her husband Romeo of N. Grosvenordale, CT; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Sgt. David Provost, a son-in-law, David Tretheway, a daughter-in-law, Deborah Provost, two sister and brother-in-laws, Jeanne and Edward Semensky, and Theresa and Bill Richer.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Armand’s family on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main Street, N. Grosvenordale, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main Street, N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. A reception will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion on Rt. 200 Grosvenordale, CT. Donation in his honor can be made to St. Joseph Church. For Memorial Guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.