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Gregory Jonathan Girard

 

 

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GREGORY JONATHAN GIRARD

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July 24, 1945 – November 7, 2021

Visitation/Viewing ———————————- December 1st, 10:00-10:30 AM St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church

Celebration of Life Service/Mass —————- December 1st, 10:30-11:30 AM St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church

Interment/Laid to rest —————————– December 2nd, 10:30-11:00 AM National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Arizona Trooper’s Association (835 W. Warner Rd Ste 101-466, Gilbert AZ  85233) or The Coalition of DPS Retirees

(PO Box 36398, Phoenix AZ 85067-6398)

Gregory Jonathan Girard was born in Yonkers, New York, the third and last son of Thomas P. Girard and Heléne Sabol Girard, who preceded him in death in 1996. A past Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Altar Boy, his early education was in Elmsford, New York. His first two years of high school were spent at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York. He then transferred to, and graduated from, Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford in 1963.

Gregg attended and graduated from Columbia College of Chiropractic in New York City, graduating in 1967 with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic.

Immediately upon graduation from college, Gregg enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. His active duty lasted 2 years and 6 months, including a 13-month tour in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal with combat “v”, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, among other decorations. He also received a combat promotion to Sergeant.

Following military service, Gregg became a Vermont State Police Trooper from 1970 to 1972. He then relocated to Arizona, where he was an Arizona DPS (Highway Patrol) Trooper for 33 and a half years. He served the citizens of Arizona as a Trooper in Remote Duty assignments in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. He was part of the first class of DPS Officer/Paramedics (third Statewide class of Paramedics overall) in 1975. He was assigned to the DPS Helicopter Air Rescue Unit from 1975 to 1990. Arizona DPS was the first State Police agency to have airborne helicopter Paramedics. During that period, he was credited with saving countless lives as an airborne Officer/Paramedic.

Gregg was promoted to Sergeant in 1990 and served as a Highway Patrol Squad Sergeant in the Phoenix Metro area and as an Administrative Sergeant at the DPS Headquarters until 2000. He was a proud and elite member of the DPS Honor Guard during his tenure. He finished his DPS career as the Operations Sergeant for the DPS Aviation Bureau at Sky Harbor Airport, retiring in June 2006.

Several notable events highlight Gregg’s career. He was a DPS Officer/Traffic Reporter for the Phoenix Radio Station KTAR for several years. He introduced the STOP STICK tire deflation devices to Arizona in 1995. Also in 1995, Gregg was one of the first Officer/Phlebotomists in the United States to draw blood for forensic purposes (DUI investigation).

He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Association, and a charter member of the Marine Corps Museum. He was also a member of the Associated Highway Patrolmen of Arizona/Arizona State Trooper Association, having served the longest tenure as Treasurer for that organization. He was also a member of the National Troopers Coalition, the American Troopers Association, Coalition of DPS Retirees, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include loving wife Colleen Marie Beaudrie Girard and daughter Meghan Marie Girard Bovard, son-in-law Justin Bovard, and grandson Jack Robert Bovard; from his first marriage to Audrey Main, Gregg leaves daughter Heather Christine Parr, son-in-law Christopher Parr and granddaughter Chloé Parr, of Murphysboro, Illinois, and son Michael Gregory Girard, daughter-in-law Dakota Girard and grandson Oliver Girard. He is also survived by a sister, Shelley Kathleen Pratt of Vermont, and brothers Thomas Peter Girard Jr. (Joan) of Maple Valley, Washington, and USAF LtCol (Ret.) Christopher Stephen Girard (Margaret) of Chester, New Hampshire.

  

51 Comments

  • Eppinger Bob Posted November 13, 2021 2:40 PM

    God Bless you my brother classmate. Rest In Peace. You will be missed.

  • Mrs Charles Sanders Posted November 13, 2021 2:43 PM

    My heart is heavy for you. I will be keeping you all in my prayers for divine comfort today & in the days to come. Family is everything at this time. With love & respect, Donna

  • Rebecca McKinley Posted November 13, 2021 3:13 PM

    My heart aches for your loss. Colleen, you, your family and many friends are in my prayers. God Bless you all.

  • Wence Camacho Posted November 13, 2021 3:25 PM

    May the Lord take you into his kingdom for eternal peace. Thank you for your long and dedicated service.

  • Mary Capp Posted November 13, 2021 3:46 PM

    Colleen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You have helped so many just know I am here if you need any help.

  • John Barber Posted November 13, 2021 4:28 PM

    I just spoke to him a couple of weeks ago. I can’t believe he’s gone. My heartfelt condolences.

  • Pete King Posted November 13, 2021 4:28 PM

    Rest In Peace Devil Dog, you have more than earned it.

  • Norma Scott Posted November 13, 2021 4:36 PM

    So sorry Coleen for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. With much love,
    Norma Scott

  • Connie Williams Posted November 13, 2021 5:00 PM

    Thinking of you, Coleen , Praying for comfort for you and the family.
    ‘wishing you gentle peace. Connie Williams

  • Gene & Peggy Wellman Posted November 13, 2021 5:13 PM

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike Fink Posted November 13, 2021 5:15 PM

    One of the finest human beings I’ve ever known. Rest In Peace, Greg. My condolences to the Girard family.

  • Pat Eagan Posted November 13, 2021 5:28 PM

    Rest in Peace my friend. You will truely be missed.

  • Bill and Teresa Cloud Posted November 13, 2021 6:01 PM

    Our condolences to Coleen and Gregg’s family, we are so sorry for your loss. This is also a loss for all those who knew Gregg a great person who was always fun to be around.

  • Frank Delaney Posted November 13, 2021 6:17 PM

    Rest in Peace Marine.

  • Gregg & Joanna McBride Posted November 13, 2021 6:33 PM

    May God bless and comfort you Coleen as you grieve the loss of Gregg. He always exemplified a great American through his public service as a US Marine, State Trooper, Paramedic, and Sergeant.

  • Richard Pittman Posted November 13, 2021 7:00 PM

    Greg your were a great Police Officer and you saved alot of lives while on the DPS chopper. You will never be forgotten and your smiles will at forever. My you now enjoy heaven with no more pain and no tears. We will meet again in Gods house. RIP My prayers go out to the family duing this sad time

  • Beverly LaFleur Posted November 13, 2021 7:01 PM

    My deepest sympathy to you and
    Greg’s family.

  • Louie Mannheimer Posted November 13, 2021 7:39 PM

    Greg was my OJT (training officer) when I went out on the road after the AZ /DPS academy. I will always remember what a fine man he was. And Colleen was always so kind to us. I am shocked to the core to hear news of his passing.

  • Ray A. Kennedy Posted November 13, 2021 7:40 PM

    Rest in Peace Greg. We will keep your family in our prayers, for you are now at peace, and in the Lords home.

  • Rita Anne Fink Posted November 13, 2021 7:59 PM

    May you Rest In Peace, Greg. I know you are at peace with your best friend Skip up in heaven! We love you. Our prayers and condolences to Colleen and the Girard family.

  • Desiree and Gene Galan Posted November 14, 2021 6:50 AM

    Thank you for everything you did for my family when we lived next door. We will always be grateful for you. You are a wonderful friend. RIP. You will be missed.

  • Gayle King Posted November 14, 2021 7:21 AM

    Rest in Peace my friend. I will always have the memories of working with you at Aviation. You made me laugh so many times with your sense of humor. And thank you for the bulldog photos on Facebook. You will be remembered by so many of us.

  • Dennis Young Posted November 14, 2021 7:42 AM

    I. was in DPS Class 21 with Greg. He lived his life in service and there is no greater reward than that. He was involved in a lot of firsts at DPS and will be missed.

  • Joe Rocco (Det. MCSO Ret., AZDPS 9190) Posted November 14, 2021 9:23 AM

    Sgt. ran a tight ship and was equally as considerate as he was demanding. A life well done sir, we are better for having served with you.

  • Haywood Alan Posted November 14, 2021 9:47 AM

    A great loss for all, Gregg was a true patriot, advocate for Aviation, and a mentor to so many over the years. He has always been a mentor and friend to me my entire career, and his smile is infectious. A great man, a true professional. You will be missed sir.

  • PJ Janik Posted November 14, 2021 10:36 AM

    Greg epitomized everything what an Arizona Highway Patrolman is; Professional, Courteous and having Empathy. More importantly he was a man of Character. RIP and God Bless.

  • Bob Hart #1588 Posted November 14, 2021 12:32 PM

    Colleen, Greg was an outstanding marine and Arizona state trooper!!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Marty Dangel (aka Bumper) #1582 Posted November 14, 2021 1:06 PM

    I have known Gregg for many years and always enjoyed his company and companionship. Gregg truly exemplified Courteous Vigilance and an outstanding asset to AZ DPS in all he has done and will still do.
    I will truly miss you my friend, Semper Fi

  • Rusty Ameen Posted November 14, 2021 1:42 PM

    Colleen and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Gregg was one of the hero’s of our state and country. God Bless you Gregg, Rest In Peace.

  • Ken Taub Posted November 14, 2021 2:39 PM

    RIP my friend, high school classmate, and service brother. My condolences to the family and friends who have been in his life all these years.

  • Steve Trethewy Posted November 14, 2021 4:03 PM

    Colleen
    Sorry for your loss. Gregg had been a DPS fixture and represented the department well. for many years. He will be missed by many. Take care. Steve

  • Jim and Raelene Stanton Posted November 14, 2021 4:53 PM

    Colleen our families prays are with you and your family. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be greatly missed

  • Jim Stanton Posted November 14, 2021 4:57 PM

    Should be prayers. Sorry for my fat fingers

  • Paul Drake Posted November 15, 2021 11:43 AM

    Rest in peace my friend. You supported me through out my career as a Reserve Sgt. and full time trooper. Your mentorship will always be remembered and not forgotten.

  • Renae K Lewis-Miles Posted November 15, 2021 12:12 PM

    Thank you for your service and a well ran race. Colleen sorry for you lost. May the Good Lord keep you in his arms. RIP Sir!

  • Sammie Hewitt paramedic Phx Fire retired Posted November 15, 2021 12:50 PM

    I enjoy working with you on Range 41 you was a very good friend and you will be missed buddy RIP

  • Russ Hamilton Posted November 15, 2021 5:07 PM

    Gregg was a helluva guy, I’m grateful for his mentorship. The world is a lesser place without him.

  • John Christie Posted November 15, 2021 5:29 PM

    Enjoyed working a lot of job and social events with Greg, he always made it enjoyable. A true professional and friend. Rest In Peace

  • Terry Conner Posted November 15, 2021 6:09 PM

    Not many of us can leave this world knowing we made a difference. You certainly did Gregg. You touched so many lives, and your legacy will long live on in your absence. My our Lord hold you in his arms, bless you and
    watch over Colleen and your family. Rest In Peace my friend..

  • Jo Erikson Posted November 16, 2021 10:11 AM

    My heart goes out to Colleen and family. Gregg was such a great guy….. so warm and friendly with a great sense of humor and I always enjoyed working with him. It’s a terrible loss!

  • Andrew Conte Posted November 17, 2021 1:21 PM

    I am heartbroken and I know others share that feeling. A lifetime dedicated to the service of mankind while placing himself in danger’s path. The true nature of a hero. It is evident by the outpouring of emotions that he will be missed. The world lost one of its irreplaceable souls. He may be gone from his earthly home, but he will live forever in our hearts. I get comfort thinking about the countless lives that he impacted in his lifetime of service. I will miss him, his sense of humor, and the support that he has given me throughout the years. Rest easy Marine, DPS Officer, Friend, and Uncle.

  • Dean E Wingfield Posted November 17, 2021 8:55 PM

    It was a pleasure to meet you and experience your dry humor! I want to thank you for your service in the Marine Corps, and for your service to the greater community as a public safety officer. May you rest in God’s peace.

  • Terry and Crystal Phillips (Ret.) Posted November 18, 2021 8:20 AM

    Our families thoughts and prayers are with you Colleen. He certainly will be missed by all. What an amazing bucket list he filled!

  • Mark Biver Posted November 18, 2021 8:17 PM

    Gregg was my first sergeant in 1999. Through field training and for the next couple of years, our squad shared a lot of laughs and perhaps just as many meals at Luby’s. I will never forget his constant and contagious smile and sense of humor. Semper Fi Marine!

  • Tipper Posted November 19, 2021 7:06 AM

    NITRAM BULLDOGS! Love you brother!

  • Blanca Romero Posted November 21, 2021 1:05 PM

    My sincerest condolences Colleen and family, will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bill Hansen Posted November 23, 2021 8:18 PM

    God Bless Greg and his family. Greg was a Great American. Semper Fi my friend.

  • S (Woody) Wood HG1 Retired Posted November 24, 2021 2:17 PM

    Gregg, you were a great friend to me and one of my best Honor Guard members. I could always rely on you to be supportive and reliable when needed for any assignment. Your appearance and demeanor was in keeping with the fine tradition the unit established during the time I was its Commander. You were a very valuable asset to the team. Setting that aside you had a fine honorable career with DPS as a mentor to young officers and a professional example for all of us to follow. You always gave me great counsel when I need hones t input. You were my brother and I will miss you!! May God welcome you to his Honor Guard and may you find peace.

  • Jim Knapp Posted November 26, 2021 7:54 PM

    Colleen and family,
    Dana and I are so very sorry for your loss.
    As his long time companion and helper, Colleen, you knew Greg the best. As a friend and coworker, I saw Greg as a man with a pure heart who was devoted to serve snd protect in his duties as the consummate Marine, Az State Trooper, and Officer/Paramedic, and I absolutely enjoyed every shift I worked with him.
    Greg, I have to say “goodbye” now – for a season, but please know that you have my deepest respect, and love brother.
    R.I.P. Sergeant

  • Brad Power Posted November 28, 2021 5:14 AM

    RIP Sarge. It was a pleasure working with you. I know you are guarding the streets of Heaven now

  • Eric Landau Posted November 28, 2021 6:56 PM

    I always appreciated Gregg’s confident, easy going demeanor, whether working with him as bagpiper in the Honor Guard, or as a Highway Patrol reserve motorist assistant when he came out for special events on the Beeline Highway. He was always happy to see me, and I him, even in the course of his post-retirement health challenges when he would show up with Colleen for the annual DPS Fallen Officers Memorial Service. Over 20 years ago when I needed a DPS waist length “Ike” jacket to complete my kilted HG uniform, he gave me his from when it was part of the Class A uniform for DPS officers. I wear it for HG events to this day, and will be privileged to do so when honoring his long-standing request that I play for his committal service later this week at the National Cemetery.

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