BRUNSWICK — David R. Girardin, 69, of Brunswick, died Feb. 3 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a battle with brain cancer.
He was born in Brunswick on Oct. 3, 1946, the fourth child of Armand and Irene (Michaud) Girardin. He was educated at St. John’s Catholic School and was a member of Brunswick High School’s Class of 1965. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves and served from 1965-1971 before receiving an honorable discharge as lance corporal.
He married his wife of 46 years, Cynthia Cleaves of Portland, in 1969.
Girardin had a long retail career starting at W.T. Grant and culminating as co-owner and manager of Pennell’s Apparel in Brunswick. After 42 years, he retired in 2013 with the intent of spending more time with his family.
In 1965, Girardin became a very active member of the Brunswick Knights of Columbus and could often be found there playing cribbage. He was a past Grand Knight and rose to the rank of 4th Degree member during his 45 years of membership.
Girardin is predeceased by his parents, brother Robert Girardin, and niece Cheryl Simonson Grimmel.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Girardin; his children, Jeffrey Girardin and wife, Jennifer, Johanna and husband, Edward Lloyd, and Heather and husband, Jeffrey Picard; his grandchildren, Emily Girardin, Nate Girardin, Jordan Lloyd, Mark Lloyd, Elle Picard, and Bryce Picard; his siblings, Doris Simonson, Donald Girardin and wife, Connie, Dennis Girardin and wife, Dorna, Theresa Houston and husband, Bill, Sheila, widow of Robert Girardin, and 12 nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at the First Parish Church, Maine Street, Brunswick. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Brunswick. Interment will be in the spring.