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Marcel W. Charland

March 18,1936 – May 10, 2022

Marcel Charland, gentleman and scholar, left his earthly life on May10, 2022 to enter eternal life after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born on March 18, 1936 to parents Edna Fortin Charland and Joseph Charland of Cohoes, NY. He attended St. Marie’s Catholic School and graduated from Vincentian Institute. Marcel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Siena College and continued to study at the University of Montreal, Providence College, St. Lawrence University, Middlebury College and at Georgetown University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Sociolinguistics. He also studied at NDEA Institutes at Colgate University and Toulouse, France. Marcel and his family spent two years at Maryknoll Seminary where he earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies with a concentration in Justice and Peace.

People describe Marcel as the, “sweetest man they ever met.” His kindness and compassion was evident by his passion for justice advocating for the poor and disenfranchised. He worked as coordinator of the Coalition of Human Services Project monitoring legislation, coalition building, and advocacy for low-income concerns. He also conducted workshops in peace education for the diocese of Ogdensburg. Marcel also spent time in Haiti and Nicaragua on Mission trips serving the poor.

Marcel’s teaching history includes 26 years teaching high school French in schools in Albany, Westchester County, and in the North Country including Peru Central and Willsboro School districts. He served as a consultant to the NY State Ed Department writing questions for the French Regents exams. Marcel was also Director of a Bilingual Education project in Derby, VT.

Marcel served his country and received an Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service as an interpreter, translator, and assistant operations sergeant for the Military Police Customs unit in Germany.

One of Marcel’s favorite leisure time activities was playing tennis with his team in Fort Myers, FL where he spent the winters with his wife Judy. Another favorite past time was researching public records for the American – Canadian Genealogical Society in Northern NY. His other favorite summer activity was hiking in the Adriondack mountains where he reached his goal of climbing Mt. Marcy.

Marcel’s wife Judy of 47 years describes Marcel as an amazing husband and loving father to their son Daniel of Sarasota, FL and their daughter Kristie of Denver, CO. His

survivors also include: his sister Marie Charland Phoenix and brother-in-law Bob Phoenix; son-in-law Steve Fry; daughter-in-law Jamie Pasqualli and grandson Lincoln; and several nieces and nephews. Marcel is predeceased by his parents and sister Jeannette Charland.

Marcel”s legacy of love for the poor can be continued through donations to the North

Country Mission of Hope, 3452 State Route 22, Peru, NY 12972, for the people of Nicaragua.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 11:00 at Lamb of God Church in Estero, FL.


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  1. Gary and Billie VanCour says:
    19 May 2022
    Marcel was not only a gentleman, he was a gentle man. Kind. Caring. Defender of those less fortunate. He lived a life doing what was right for others. He will be missed by those lucky enough to know him.

  2. Leslie Holland Lamb says:
    16 May 2022
    Mr. Charland was a beloved teacher and advocate for me as a high school student. I loved having him as a teacher and the time we worked together to prepare for the French regents. He was a stellar coach and educator that is very well remembered. May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Emily Phillips says:
    16 May 2022
    Repose en paix Mr. Charland. I was a student of his at Willsboro and thought of him often through the years. As teenagers go, we may not have been the best behaved or most appreciative at the time, but his teachings stayed with me. Many laughs at how often he had to school me to stop having my Quebec grandmother help me with my french homework. My deepest sympathies to his family. He was a wonderful teacher.

  4. Jody Ladwig says:
    13 May 2022
    Marcel was the epitome of kindness. He left his footprints on all who were privileged to know him. Rest In Peace.

  5. Mike and Polly Wolfe says:
    13 May 2022
    Marcel Charland

    Beautiful Heart, Mind, and
    Soul

    We celebrate your life!!!

  6. Judy Burget says:
    13 May 2022
    This gentleman scholar will always be remembered for his compassion for others. I know that Marcel was beloved. His devoted wife, Judy, was exemplary in striving to bring him daily comfort and happiness throughout his illness. All the while, Judy continues her efforts on behalf of the poor, through fundraising and education. I’m privileged to know her.
    I extend love and sympathy to the family.

  7. Daphne Mason says:
    12 May 2022
    I know Marcel through his wife Judy. She was constantly at his side helping both emotionally and physically. I could feel her respect for him in her lovingly care .
    In my reading about Marcel he was a man of great commitment to the poor and to peace. The world is poorer for his loss. With deepest sympathy

  8. Mary Pautz says:
    12 May 2022
    Marcel was truly a gentle giant who lived his life for the poor. He and Judy enriched my life in our Sojourner group and their sharing of Nicaraguan life.
    Rest In Peace, Marcel!

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