Robert A. “Bob” Briand, 87, of Nashua, passed away Saturday morning, December 23, 2017 at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, after a period of declining health.
A lifelong resident of this city, Bob was born in Amesbury, MA on January 24, 1930, a son of the late Victor J. and Delia B. (Nault) Briand. He was educated in the Nashua School System and served in the National Guard.
Mr. Briand was employed as an Electronic Engineering Assistant with the former Sanders Associates, Inc. and continued with BAE Systems until his retirement in 2004.
Bob owned and operated a Gun shop for over 30 years and enjoyed spending time at the Gun Club in Nashua. He enjoyed summer trips to the White Mountains and many trips to Maine. Bob held membership in the Nashua Fish & Game Club and was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church for the past 34 years.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Gloria (Lavoie) Briand, who passed away in June of 1982. He was also predeceased by two brothers, George V. Briand and Ernest R. Briand; three sisters, Rita Briand, Mary Anne Cloutier and her husband Fernand, and Doris S. Gagnon and her husband Normand; brother-in-law, Arthur C. Faria Jr; and sister-in-law, Judith H. Briand.
Members of his family include his wife of 34 years, Janet M. (Gagnon) Briand, whom he married on April 16, 1983; eight children and their spouses, Jeanne and William Kilgore of Raymond, NH, Maurice Briand of Nashua, Roger and Carol Briand of Eugene, OR, Gerald and Heidi Briand of Gorham, NH, Michael Briand of Manchester, Joyce Briand of Keene, James Briand of Nashua, and Carolyn and Brandon Writhington of Chichester; step-children and their spouses, Ken and Cheryl Boyer, Marie Anne Heath, John and Paulette Boyer, Catherine Witsoe, Carrol and Mike McIntyre, Jody Labonville, Joseph and Leanne Boyer, and Billie and Alfred Lunderville; 33 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters, Edward T. Briand and his wife Beverly of Bow, NH, Antoinette “Toni” Faria of Nashua, Raymond M. Briand of Nashua, Eva A. Mack of Culpeper, VA, Dorothy G. Laderoute of Virginia Beach, VA and Paul D. Briand of Merrimack; sister-in-law, Muriel Briand of Melbourne, FL; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There are no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 216 East Dunstable Road, Nashua, Saturday, February 24th at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua. Family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Research for Dementia Research, c/o Massachusetts/New Hamphsire Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE. 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneralservice.com