Joseph Bernard Tardif, “Joe”, 82 of Waterford and formerly of Salem and New Britain, passed away on April 19, 2019 at Mystic Health Care, with his beloved family by his side. Born in St. Agatha, ME on June 12, 1936, he was a son of the late William and Edith (Sirois) Tardif. He was a proud veteran, having served with the US Army. He married his beloved wife, Maureen McNamara on June 4, 1960. The couple lived in New Britain for a time and then settled to raise their family in Salem. Joe retired several years ago after a career in construction as a manager for Builder’s Concrete and also Seymour Sand and Stone. He was an active member of his community taking part with the Knights of Columbus as a 4th degree. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Oakdale, a former member of the Salem Lions, Fire Police with the Gardner Lake Fire Department and a member of the Hebron and Niantic VFW. He will be remembered as a devoted family man who’s greatest joy was time spent with his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed but always remembered with love by his wife Maureen, of 58 years; five children and their spouses, Greg (Betsy) Tardif of Hamden, Ken (Donna) Tardif of Bozrah, Keith (Colleen) Tardif of Manchester, Karen (Vincent) Patterson, Jr. of Salem, Leanne (John) Santos of E. Lyme; Siblings, Clayton (Louise) Tardif of Madawaska, ME, Angela LeClerc of Middletown; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Patterson, Paul (Cassandra) Tardif, Garrett Tardif, Colin Tardif, John, Jacqueline and Kylee Santos; a great granddaughter, Leighton Tardif and numerous extended family members and friends. He was predeceased by six brothers, Montfort, Ronaldo, Reginald, Jerry, Viateur, Angelo; two sisters, Berna and Delores. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 25th from 5 – 7 pm at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 26th at 10 am Directly at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 752 Norwich Salem Tpke. Oakdale, CT. Burial will follow in the Salem Green Cemetery For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com In lieu of memorial donations and in memory of Joe, the family requests that you make someone laugh.
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