Cherished father and loved by many, Michael Maurice Fournier passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers. A month after his 58th birthday, Michael was able to find peace. He went home to meet the Lord on January 13, 2021.
Michael was born on December 19, 1962 to Maurice and Barbara (Cheeseman) Fournier in Fitchburg, MA. The youngest of three siblings, Michael attended Fitchburg High School and was a part of the marching band, choir and multiple other ensembles playing a variety of instruments. He also found time to express his musical talents in small gig bands outside of school. Michael graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1980.
With passions for music, craftsmanship and faith, Michael made himself a man of many talents. Talents that brightened and strengthened the lives around him. His passion for music continued beyond his high school years. Michael greatly enjoyed singing and often traveled to nursing homes and prisons, spreading his love of music and the word of God. He will forever be known as a man that continuously had a song to sing for any ear that would listen, even if that ear was his own.
Shortly after graduating high school, Michael pursued a business in cabinet making and fine furniture. A man who enjoyed working with his hands, Michael ran his business Old Colonial Wood Crafts for over 30 years, crafting an extensive repertoire that warmed and enriched many homes throughout Massachusetts.
Michael and Barbara, high school sweethearts, met through exploring their mutual love of music. They were married in 1985. Michael and Barbara made a home in a 1730 colonial in Lunenburg. This was the home in which they raised their sons. With his expertise in woodworking Michael was able to restore the house, often putting in long hours after work. He even rebuilt the barn one summer.
Of all the things Michael enjoyed most in his life, he loved his sons most of all. Even while busy with work, he found time to impart wisdom, give cooking lessons and of course crack jokes with his boys. Annual trips to York Beach were highly anticipated and Michael loved spending cherished time with his family. Of course, he also always looked forward to his saltwater taffy from Goldenrods.
Other dedicated family time was spent barbecuing, or watching the Patriots or the Red Sox, Michael’s favorite sports teams.
In 2000, Michael moved to Westminster and reconnected with a long-time friend, Michele. Michael and Michele were then married in February of 2000. Michael and Michele continued to live in Westminster until Michael fell ill.
Michael will be missed by many. He leaves behind his two sons and their wives, David Fournier and his wife Micayla Sullivan of Gardner, MA and Stephen Fournier and his wife Fallyn Fournier of Hudson NH, as well as his beloved granddaughters, Ava and Thea Fournier. He will be missed by his mother, Barbara Fournier; two sisters, Brenda Chavez and her husband Tony of Fitchburg, MA and Cheryl Cox of Lunenburg, MA. He is also survived by both of his previous wives, Barbara (LeBlanc) Gosselin of Fitchburg and Michele (Miron) Fournier of Westminster and step-sons Daniel and Christopher Barker.
Michael’s family would like to thank Chris, the wonderful teams on the Dana and Enfield Units as well as the rest of the staff at Quabbin Valley Healthcare for the exceptional care and compassion given to Michael since May of 2018.
You are invited to attend a Celebration of Michael's Life on Saturday June 19, 2021 at 10AM in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 123 Main St. Westminster, MA 01473.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Michael’s memory to Quabbin Valley http://gofundme.com/f/quabbin-valley-healthcare
The Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 123 Main St, Westminster, MA has been entrusted with Michael’s funeral arrangements.
John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, funeral directors.
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