Christopher Andrew Gaudet

Born: Sat., May 9, 1964
Died: Wed., Mar. 20, 2019


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 29, 2019
Location: Our Lady of the Lake Church


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SHIRLEY – Christopher Andrew Gaudet, 54, of Shirley, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 unexpectedly. Christopher struggled with addiction throughout his life. Over the past 11 months it had seemed that he had turned a corner and was making strides to overcome it. But addiction is without prejudice or mercy and those of us who love Chris are devastated that picking up a drug just “one last time” truly became the last time for him.

Chris was born in Leominster, May 9, 1964, a son of Donald Joseph Gaudet and Carol (McMilleon) Gaudet. He was a graduate of Lunenburg High School and worked in construction, primarily in garage door service and installation.

He was loved and is survived by his adored daughter, Chelsea Gaudet of Maui, HI, his mother Carol Gaudet of Lunenburg MA, his long-time life partner, Rosetta West of Shirley MA, his brothers John Gaudet of Whitefish MT and Thomas Gaudet of Rehoboth MA, his sisters, Dawn Gaudet-Logan of Franklin MA, Julie Gaudet of Lunenburg MA, Leslie Clark of New Gloucester, ME; two stepsisters, Tracy L. Lothrop of Concord, NH, Lisa Bergevin of Townsend MA; a stepbrother, Kevin Bergevin of Fitchburg MA and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Gaudet, stepmother, Brenda (Bergevin) Gaudet, stepbrother, Brian Bergevin, nephew Ian Hartwell, Chelsea’s mother, Hollie Walsh, and two beloved pet cats, Little Daughter and Cali the one-eyed Wonder Cat.

Chris loved listening to music, and had a wide variety of tastes. His Spotify playlist included everyone from Led Zeppelin to Nickel Creek to Destiny’s Child. He particularly loved the Beatles and John was his favorite. He believed Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton are “national treasures”. He also enjoyed classic hard rock, “…REAL country, like Yoakam, and NOT just pop songs sung with southern accents”, and he loved the song ‘When I Think of You’ by Janet Jackson. He enjoyed reading the daily newspapers, listening to WBUR and watching public television on WGBH, WGBX, and WSBE, especially Nature, Masterpiece, and Mystery. He also enjoyed watching TMZ, America This Morning (AKA ‘news for insomniacs’), the classic detective shows Columbo and the Rockford Files, true crime shows, Svengoolie, and Amanpour & Company. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills from back in the Jim Kelly days and rooted for them to win every week…at least when they were not playing the NE Patriots.

Chris will be very much missed by the family and friends who loved him. Those who would like to honor his memory are encouraged to donate to WGBH (https://www.wgbh.org/support/donate) or their local public television station, to WBUR (https://www.wbur.org/support) or their local NPR station, to Sterling Animal Shelter, Inc.; 17 Laurelwood Avenue; Sterling, MA 01564 or any no-kill animal shelter.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 29 at 11 am in Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main Street, Leominster.

 

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Mary Durgin
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss

Keith and Mary Durgin

H&M Morales
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
Chelsea - our hearts go out to you.. He is in a happier place. Lots of hugs!!

Norm Gaudet
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
What a good kid new him all my life he will be missed RIP my friend

Karen Crump
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
A beautiful obituary for a beautiful person. He was and is loved by so many.

Ann Logan DeMille
   Posted Mon March 25, 2019
My dearest Dawn, this shouldn't be happening to you people at this time or any time!! I only wish there was something we could do or say that would make it easier on you and especially your Mom! It sounds like he was a great guy, wish we had met him, Bill and him would have gotten on great! Would love to see you and Carol at the beach this summer! Be strong! We love you!

Sheryl (smith) Bolduc
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
To The Gaudet Family:

Words cannot express the sadness I feel for your loss. My heart is broken. I will miss his humor and warm inviting smile every time I saw him. I am thankful for the opportunity to have been his friend and am grateful that he touched the hearts of my two sons who are grown, and were also his friends. He impacted so many lives. He will be truly missed.

Sheryl Bolduc
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
To Rose,

Rose, I want to thank you as I'm sure I speak for all of us in saying. We are so grateful for the years you gave Chris. You loved him unconditionally and provided a safe home, comfort, understanding, and support. He came this far because of you. You were truly his guardian Angel. Although you couldn't save him, you gave him the best of you, and he knew that you loved him more than life itself. He left this world loving you the same way. He can now rest in peace. He will now be forever drug free. I'm sure I don't have to say how much we love you and we'll always be here for you, whatever you need. Please stay in our lives.

Pete Descoteaux
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
So Sad o Hear, We Shared Some Great Times Together Back In Lunenburg! Prayers sent to your family!!!

Christopher catorio
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
Sorry to see you go my friend , till we meet again

Anne Turner
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
Rose: Beautiful obituary and reading it brings back so many fun memories of you and Chris. I laughed today telling the story about him chasing a strang black around my neighborhood thinking it was Gus! At 3am...that was the guy he was and we all loved him for it.

A Mom
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness,
but of the power of love.

They speak more eloquently 
than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief ...
and unforgettable love.

May your tears speak to your heart
and help you all to heal at this time of grief.

In deepest sympathy.

Eileen Sergi
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019
my condolences..and many prayers for everyone
Eileen Sergi (Corey)

Adele Emanuek-Logan
   Posted Tue March 26, 2019

MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by George and Adele Logan.

Our deepest sympathy to all his family. May he RIP. Our prayers go out to all who knew him.


Eric DeLisle
   Posted Wed March 27, 2019
So sorry Rose. Sad to hear. Whenever I saw Chris, he always felt like a brother to me. I've thought about him often over the years, and recently. Great guy, he will be missed.

Carolina
   Posted Wed March 27, 2019
Dear Rose,
I am so sorry for your loss.

Carol

Bob Herrick
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
Dear Rose: we are so sorry to hear this news, we only knew of Chris through you and we are sure he was truly loved. And now we understand your fanship of the Bills. Our love and best wishes to you.

Margie and Bob Herrick

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