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Kimberlee M. Francoeur, 30

ADAMS, Mass. —  

Kimber passed away suddenly on January 4th while doing what she loved, helping others and making snow. She was born in October 1991 in North Adams, MA and is a graduate of McCann and Lincoln Technical Institute. Kimber worked at Jiminy Peak where she was a snowmaker, supervisor and certified maintenance mechanic. Her favorite things included her pups, friends, family, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, snow, puzzles, Shire Donuts, Iced Coffee and fixing cars. Kimber was a role model to all around her, from those she taught lessons to at Jiminy to her nieces and nephews. She played football in Cheshire’s youth leagues and at McCann, being the first female player to earn a varsity letter and led the way in females’ snowmaking at Jiminy. Kimber was never afraid to stand up for herself or anyone she loved and served as an inspiration to many. She was the sunshine to her family and brightened any room she entered. She will be truly and deeply missed.

Kimber is survived by her mother and father, Patricia and Pete Francoeur, sisters Missy Tarjick (David), Traci Keele (Ray), Loretta Forfa (Dacian) and Jessica Francoeur (Tom), Ashley, Bonnie, Marisa, and Krista Terry, grandmother Tony LeBarnes, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Kimber also leaves behind her two “fur” children, Aspen and Oakley. She is predeceased by her brother, Michael Terry, her grandparents, Rita Francoeur, Lawrence Francoeur and George LeBarnes.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Monday, January 10th at 9:30 A.M. at JJ’s Lodge at Jiminy Peak Resort in Hancock. The family suggests casual dress and asks anyone attending to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Memorial donations may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, is in charge of arrangements.

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Kimber, thank you for taking gary under your wing over the years he has worked with you on and off. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to meet my daughter when gary brought her to get her season pass and telling her you’d help her learn to board. Unfortunately you were taken before that could happen but we hold you close in our hearts. I met you once years ago and from the stories gary would tell me when he came home from an overnight of snowmaking I felt like I knew just as much as he did. Thank you for just being you. I wish we got to know eachother but I’ll forever keep your name alive thru my fiancés stories of you. Ride the slopes forever and watch over all of the jiminy staff and your friends and family.
from: Bria winters and gary steineron: 01-07-2022

Kimber was one incredible person and very skilled in her trades as a mechanic I was fortunate enough to go through the automotive program at McCann with her she was a true ray of sunshine to be around. She was always a blast to snowboard with on the mountain and was such a great soul. Thank you for being my friend kimber I will never forget you.
from: Devon Whalenon: 01-06-2022

Im so heart broken about this news. She was such a amazing person. I met her for the first time in Walgreens in Adams when she brought her 2 beautiful dogs. She loved those dogs so much they were here everything😞😞. Just wanted to say to her family im sooo sorry for your loss and my condolences..
from: Katie Torreson: 01-06-2022

My name is John, I worked the past 3 winter seasons at Jiminy. I had the pleasure of working with Kimber. I felt it necessary to let her family, friends, and loved ones know just how pleasant, helpful, and nice she was to me and others. She always greeted me with a smile and went out of her way to say something nice. I left our small conversations with a more joyful heart because of her attitude. I didn't know her very well, but I did see her regularly, and we always went out of our way to say hi to each other. I worked directly with her on lifts multiple times, and would see her very, very often on the mountain, whether she was riding or working. She will be missed. I really feel she was part of the mountain, in a way. I felt I could ask her anything about how things worked there, and she would give me an honest answer. I know that she was also a manager for snow making, but wanted to let you know just how approachable she was for help, insight, and conversation. I knew her as one of the main people at Jiminy on the ground, working hard, but she never came across as holier than thou, or never felt above you. She was always a human being, making me feel comfortable when I was new and part of the team when I had been there a while. It was a pleasure working with her. She was one of the people that if I saw out somewhere, I would make sure to say hi and talk with her. Last year during the off season I saw her at my other job, and we stopped and had a nice conversation. I remember one conversation we had when I learned that she also taught lessons, and she went out of her way to explain to me how it worked. She loved what she did. I was lucky to have known her, even in a small capacity. From our family to yours, just please know how much her spirit meant to those around her. I told my wife as well as her and our kids just how much happiness and brightness she brought to those around her. I hope your hearts can be full with the love and joy that she passed onto me in our limited interactions, and that through your pain and grieving you will truly know just how much she meant to those around her. Love, John Pitroff
from: John Pitroffon: 01-06-2022

I am as many are taken back from this tragic accident taking our friend & glowing light of a Jiminy fixture. I hope we can light a light somewhere on the Mt. Name it KIMBER to keep her glowing Spirit for eternity. NEVER FORGET -Always in our hearts 💕
from: on: 01-06-2022

When someone bright and wonderful is taken too soon, there are too few words to adequately express the loss. I did not know Kimber on a personal level but she greatly impacted my life at Jiminy. I have no doubt that my development as a skier and an instructor benefitted from her skills and dedication to snowmaking. There were so many times a guest was pleased with a lesson in no small part because I was able to locate the perfect terrain for coaching that person to sucess. Her skills made my job easier. I can think of no higher praise for a co-worker than to say they helped me be better.

from: Vincent Pesceon: 01-06-2022

I am so sorry to hear of Kimber passing. I always enjoyed our small chats when we ran into each other while taking the dogs out. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for all of you at this time.
from: Tina Hollandon: 01-06-2022