At the Grand Falls General Hospital, November 14, 2023, Richard Michaud of Grand Falls passed away at the age of 86 years. Born in Grand Falls, he was the son of the late Lucie (Poitras) and Onézime Michaud.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne d’Arc (Thériault) Michaud, and his siblings Edwin Michaud, George Michaud, Ronald Michaud and Aline McCluskey.
He is survived by his three children, Paul of Grand Falls, Sylvie (Jacques Sirois) of Drummond, Hélène (Serge Boucher) of Fredericton, two grandchildren, Gabrielle (Adam Carpenter), Christian (Maxine Blais), and great-grandson Grayson Carpenter. He is also survived by his brothers: Alfred (late Shirley Donahue) of Montreal, Guildor of Montreal and Robert (Aurela Gaudet) of Moncton, and his sisters: Arthéline (late Léo Côté) of Moncton, Jeanine (Frank Palazzetti) of New York, Laurie (Roger Côté) of Grand Falls, Huguette (late Herman Levesque) of Edmundston, Marlene (late Iain Dunlop) of Woodstock, Norma (Gaëtan Desjardins) of Drummond, Anne of Hanwell as well as several nieces and nephews.
Richard was a teacher and school administrator. He began his career in Juniper as a teacher and principal. For the majority of his career, he was a teacher and the principal of the John Caldwell School in Grand Falls until his retirement in 1991. The school library was dedicated to him, with the name of Bibliothèque Richard G. Michaud Library. He was a strong advocate for maintaining bilingualism at his school. He also established the John Caldwell School Cultural Circle, which invited several artists to perform in the Grand Falls region.
He was a pioneer in computer programming, writing school administration software, and creating a Computer Science course which he taught for years. He was a jack of all trades, enjoying electronics, woodworking, plumbing, and electrical work. He had a passion for music and played several instruments such as the accordion, the harmonica, piano, organ and guitar. He was a lover of nature and enjoyed fishing.
According to Richard’s wishes, there will be no funeral service or visiting hours held. A private Celebration of Life ceremony will be held for family with interment in the St-Michel Cemetery of Drummond.
For those who wish, donations to Canadian Cancer Society or the Grand Falls Food Bank would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are by O'Regan's Funeral Home Ltd.