Laurent Richard's Story
Laurent Richard Palardy, known as Rick to friends and family, was born on July 11, 1950, in Peabody, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his parents, Laurent and Marie Palardy, who moved from Salem to Georgetown each summer, where the family became full time town residents in 1960.
Mr. Palardy attended Salem and Georgetown Public Schools and Haverhill Trade School. He was a sheet metal fabricator for many years, and upon retirement from Compugraphic in Wilmington, he began his woodworking shop called Wooden Toy and Gift. Rick became well known for cutting commemorative plaques for public service and military personnel, in addition to his original wooden ornaments. Rick also used his woodworking talents to create a permanent home for Georgetown’s Boston Post Cane, now on display in Georgetown’s Town Hall.
Rick was known for his 40 years of membership in the Erie Fire Association #4. He was a volunteer first responder and call firefighter for more than 20 years, during which time he served as a member of Erie’s Standing Committee and as Company Steward. He achieved the ranks of lieutenant and captain, conducted training and drills for the volunteer fire company. He was the Vice President of Erie 4 Association, and was one of the founding members of the Friends of Erie 4. He was often a greeter at each fundraising supper held at the fire house.
In a cooperative partnership with members of the Georgetown Fire Department at the Public Safety Building, Rick for several years was an adviser to Explorer Post 81. He was also active in the Georgetown Athletic Association for two decades as an assistant soccer coach. He was a life member of the Georgetown Historical Society. Rick was an active, go to guy for the Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library.
Mr. Palardy died suddenly on December 25, 2016, and will be remembered for his patience, kindness, generosity and community spirit. He leaves his wife, Terry Crawford Palardy; a son, Robert Laurent Palardy and his wife, Heather Fuller Palardy; and a daughter, Patricia Lee Theriault of Maine. He also leaves two grandchildren, Zoe Quick and Tristan Quick, also of Maine; and a large extended family.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend Rick's Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 31, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Georgetown. Interment will be private. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Conte-Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. For those who wish, Rick may be remembered through donations to the Erie Fire Association #4, Inc., 474 North Street, P.O. Box 133, Georgetown, MA. 01833. For funeral home directions, florists or accommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  December 28, 2016