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Neil Giroux

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Neil Charles Giroux passed away Sept. 14, 2020, in DeLand, Fla. 

Born in North Adams to the late Roland and Marian (LeSage). He graduated from St Joseph High School, University of Massachusetts, and Suffolk Law School. He was an Eagle Scout and served in the US Air Force the United States and Japan. 

Neil practiced law in North Adams for over 30 years, served the city of North Adams as a city council member and city solicitor. After closing his law office he worked for the state of Massachusetts as a defender in the Mental Health Unit.

He enjoyed hiking, camping, canoeing, traveling, reading and spending time with his beloved standard poodle Zola.

Neil was a member of the North Adams Rotary, V.F.W., American Legion, Masons and Shriners. As a member of Melha Temple in Springfield, he served as the chief clown and will be remembered marching in many Fall Foliage Parades as OKOK the clown.

Neil also was a hobby printer and member of the Amalgamated Printers Association.

Retiring to Florida he became an Ombudsman advocating for the residents of long-term facilities. Neil was a strong believer in advocating for those who were unable to advocate for themselves, adhering to the law and the Constitution of the United States of America.

He leaves his wife Barbara (Sheppard) of 53 years and daughter Arleigh, son and son-in-law Neil Caverley, sister in law Deborah, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Roland jr and Wayne. 

He was laid to rest at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Donations may be made to ACLU or the Shriners.

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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I'm sorry to hear of Neil's passing ,my condolences to his family. Neil also served as a board member for The Berkshire Food Project in North Adam's in its early years.I was the Exucitivr Director at the time and I still to this day think if the advice he gave me during those days. May he rest in peace until we all meet again .
from: Cindy Schneideron: 09-30-2020

Very sorry to see Neils passing ... nice conversations and seeing him walk with his beloved dog... saddened for his family~
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 09-29-2020

Sorry to hear of Neil (OkOk) passing. We have many fond memories of a wonderful lawyer, shriner.
from: Nancy & Bob Waltermireon: 09-29-2020

Barb and Arleigh, so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. We have such fond memories of you living in North Adams.
from: Beverly’s Whitneyon: 09-28-2020

Barbara... So very sorry to hear of Neil's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
from: cathy bonaon: 09-28-2020

Grew up with Neal. We served many a Mass together at St Francis Church as altar boys at St Francis. While at Suffolk Law School, Neal delivered reports from the State House in Boston on activities there on the former WMNB-AM 1230. This at a time when North Adams had no other contact at what was happening in Boston. To his family, thank you for allowing Neal to be apart of our lives, too.
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