Remembering Audrey Stevens

April 14, 1934- June 3, 2020

Audrey (Carter) Stevens, 86

BARRE - Audrey (Carter) Stevens, 86, of Barre, MA left her beloved farm and hometown on June 3rd. Born 4/13/34, she was predeceased by her father Donald Carter and her mother, Thelma Littlefield Carter. Born Audrey Carter, she worked with her father on their farm on Allen Hill, Old Stage Road for many years before marrying her husband, Daniel Stevens. The Carter and Stevens Farm was born. Audrey worked the farm her entire life alongside her family including her son and his family. She raised many animals over the course of her life and will be remembered for her love, kindness and care of her dogs, chickens, cows, pet woodchucks, chipmunks, monkey and crow, and her favorite, Morgan horses. She loved and valued her farm. Audrey led a full life with many talents and interests including sewing, gardening, quilting, hunting, skiing, running, canoe racing, travel, local history and horsemanship. She served her community throughout the course of her life by being a 4-H and Girl Scout leader for many years. She was a past member of the Barre Riding and Driving club, and past curator of the museum in Barre's town library, where she had such empathy and knowledge of the Native American artifact collection. She was a Director, and worked at the Barre Historical Society for many years where she enjoyed tending the gardens, and the restoration of the Concord Coach. Audrey completed several courses in the practice of Herbology and over the years acquired great knowledge in the field of homeopathy. One of her proudest accomplishments was working in Emergency Medical Services where she became an EMT in 1981 and served her community for 20 years. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Audrey leaves her husband Daniel, a daughter Sherry McDonald and her life partner Jay Gould of Sturbridge, a son Philip and wife Erin Stevens of Barre, 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Private burial and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Barre Historical Society Po box 755 Barre, MA.01005. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre.

Remembering Lester Paquin

Lester W. Paquin, 63

BARRE - Lester W. Paquin, 63, a lifelong resident of Barre, noted town historian and zealous advocate for Veterans' causes, died suddenly on March 11, 2021.
He was a 1975 graduate of Quabbin Regional High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. Lester was dedicated to many causes including honoring and assisting Veterans. He worked to bring Veterans memorials to Washington D.C. and Worcester and wrote a play, "Memorial: David's Peace," which depicts loved ones of a soldier killed in 1968 as they meet at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and recall their memories of him. For many years, Lester offered detailed programs about the "Titanic," "Lusitania" and "Andrea Dorea." He also offered presentations about the Lipizzaner Stallions, Seven Houses of God in Barre, the Naramore family tragedy, and portraits of local Civil War figures.
Lester served as a member of the Barre Historical Commission, Historical Society, Library Association and Library Trustees, holding offices for some of the organizations. He served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Board of Directors, was a longtime director of the Barre Senior Center and was active for many years with the Barre Players. He worked as an editor and writer at Worcester Publishing and penned a book about the city. He was employed by AIDS Project Worcester at the time of his death.

Among his loved ones, Lester leaves his mother, Jacqueline Paquin, to whom he was devoted, his partner John Tambeau, his brothers Sheldon and John (Cassandra), his niece Amanda and nephew Zachary. He was predeceased by his father, Charles L. Paquin Jr. He also leaves his two beloved dogs.