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Phillip G. Vadnais

April 5, 1960 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Phillip Vadnais Obituary

Barre - Phillip G. Vadnais, 63, of Barre, died on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at Fitchburg HealthCare Center after a battle with early onset dementia.

He leaves his former wife, Barbara J. (Howe) Vadnais of Barre; their daughter, Katie L. Oliva and her husband Jeffrey of Barre; his granddaugher, Juliana; six siblings Donald Vadnais and his wife Judie of Ware, Pierre Vadnais and his wife Cheryl of Ware, Joanne Johnson and her husband Francis of Wheelwright, George H. Vadnais, Jr. and his wife Diane, Gregory Vadnais of Palmer, and Anna Vadnais of Northampton, along with many nieces and nephews, and their spouses.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Valbert E. Vadnais in 2017, and Louis Vadnais.  He was born in Palmer, son of the late George H. and  Dafrose Vadnais, and grew up in Ware.

He was an outstanding athlete while at Ware High School playing both football, and wrestling. After graduating from Ware High School, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served as a combat engineer.  He loved hockey, and played regularly from age 12 to 59.  As a hobby which turned into a small business, he crafted outdoor furniture including picnic tables, adirondack chairs, and swings. 

Phil worked as a sheet metal fabricator at Whitcraft, LLC in Eastford, CT, where he manufactured precision parts used in the aerospace industry.  

He had strong faith, and was a long-time member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Ware. 

A Funeral Service for Phil will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 11:00am in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield.  A calling hour will be held in the funeral home from 10 to 11am prior to the service. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at Hartman’s Herb Farm in Barre.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ware High School Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 240, Ware, MA 01082. Please make checks out to the Town of Ware, and write Athletic Booster Club on the memo line.

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Calling Hour
January 30, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc.
43 East Main Street
West Brookfield, MA 01585

Funeral Service
January 30, 2024

11:00 AM
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc.
43 East Main Street
West Brookfield, MA 01585


Ware High School Athletic Booster Club
P.O. Box 240, Ware MA 01082

Checks need to be made out to the Town of Ware, and put Athletic Booster Club on the memo line.


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