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“Valerie,I was sorry to hear of your husbands passing. It sounds like he lived a full life with his family and his career. He delivered two of my sons...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Marilyn Moran - North Stonington, CT

“To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: JoAnn Sequara-Morris - Groton, CT

“Dear MaryBeth, I'm so sorry to learn of you dad's passing. Sending thoughts of comfort, healing, and peace.Deb DeConto ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah DeConto - East Lyme, CT

“Dear Val & FamilyVery sorry to hear of Gil's passing. He added so much fun and pleasure to all our skiing in Vermont and ski trips.He will be truly...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“This beautiful man touched so many lives! I never had children but just as a patient, he WAS THE BEST! I would be "on the table", waiting for him,...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Bonnie Smiley Hoddy - FL

“Dr Marchand delivered my first child 5-24-73. It was a long labor and I was young and scared. He was so kind, so gentle and so encouraging. I will...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Joyce Rodolico - Ledyard, CT

7 of 23 | Posted by: Joyce Rodolico - Ledyard, CT

“Val,Cherish all the beautiful memories you and your family shared and hold them in your heart. He will be with you forever.Peace my friend. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Kathie Vannini - Niantic, CT

“Dear Marchand family,Dr. Marchand delivered all 4 of my children and took care of me through a very serious surgery. I have fond memories of him...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Aunt Valerie, Denise, Chip, and MaryBeth, I am sorry to hear the news. Uncle Gil was such a big part of our family the cheerful, busy doctor who...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Laurie Wickham - Cumming, GA

“To the family,Dr. Marchand delivered my two daughters and will always be remembered. He was a brilliant man and one of my favorite doctors. My...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Cherrie Buscher - Orlando, FL

“Dr. Marchand delivered our son, and he was a great doctor. He certainly knew how to take care of his patients, and I never doubted for a moment I was...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Kathleen Welch - East Lyme, CT

“He was a kind man and a great doctor! He will definitely be missed by all.My thoughts and prayers are with you,his family. God bless and may he Rest...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Janet York - North Stonington, CT

“I Was sad to hear of Dr. Marchand's passing. He was a great ob gyn and was my doctor till he retired. Sending thoughts and prayers to Dr Marchands...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Cascio - Waterford, CT

“Dear Marchand Family,I was so sad to read of Dr. Marchand passing away. I have a wonderful story to tell you about him. On March 15,1977 he delivered...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Alane Miceli Cook - Waterford, CT

“The wonderful family,friends,patients,and community is experiencing an enormous loss. Dr.Gil Marchand has departed,leaving a conspicuous void in the...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Margo Neistat

“Dear Val and Family,So sorry for your loss. I was saddened to read of Gil's passing. He was a great doctor to me and helped in bringing our James...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Valerie and Family,So very sorry for your loss. I was saddened to read of his passing. He was a wonderful doctor to me, helping to bring our...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Jane & Joe Nicholas - Waterford, CT

19 of 23 | Posted by: Jane & Joe Nicholas - Waterford, CT

“Dr Marchand, new to L&M, stepped in to deliver my son who was born before my OB could get to the hospital. I told my doc he should give my payment to...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear ValarieI was deeply saddened by reading of Gill's recent passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.Gill was a wonderful man who...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Lenny Winkler - Groton, CT

“The Marchand Family....So sorry for your loss,Gil will be missed by a lot of us.He was a great obgyn, doctor for me.God Bless him and his family. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Dianne Kexel - Gloversville, NY

“Gil was a wonderful friend, great golf partner, and a truly honorable person. Eve and I will miss our dinner engagements with Val and him. Our...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Eve & Rit Manthous - North Port, FL

Dr. Gilles A. Marchand, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the age of 81. Born in Westmore, Vermont, a small rural town, he and his family soon moved to Taftville, Connecticut where the textile mills offered opportunity. In 1952, Gil graduated from Norwich Free Academy at only 15. Hard working and patriotic, Gil enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He served as a paratrooper and made numerous airplane jumps in Alaska and Germany. Gilles had no idea that his life would soon take a different course when he met the love of his life, Valerie J. Ford while on a day trip to Crescent Beach. Although it was “love at first sight,” it took him a week to ask Valerie out for their first date. They quickly became a couple. Gil utilized the G.I. Bill when he was accepted at University of Connecticut. He managed to complete his pre-medical studies in only three years, during which he was appointed a University Scholar and became a member of the national scientific society, Sigma Xi. Valerie and Gil were married in the spring of 1960. With her continued unwavering support, Gilles graduated from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. He completed his internship at Hartford Hospital along with a residency of one year of anesthesiology and a three-year residency of OBGYN. Gilles entered a partnership with Dr. H.R. Kuhn and Dr. Frank Marx in New London. Soon, Dr. Marchand became a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Junior Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. From 1981-1985, he was also Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Gracious and giving, Dr. Marchand was loved by his patients. Many will remember him visiting after hours and going far beyond the call. The endless hours of work, however, didn’t impede his ability to enjoy his own family. Valerie and Gilles had three children; Denise, Gilles Jr. (Chip), and MaryBeth. Avid golfer, tennis player, sailor, and skier, Gilles enjoyed sharing his passions with his wife and children. He thoroughly enjoyed times spent together sailing on the Thames River. In addition, skiing at Magic Mountain in Vermont was a favorite of the Marchand family. Gilles was known to tear up the slopes and dance through the moguls. Something else he passed on to his children was a love of reading. In fact, from the age of three, Gilles never went anywhere without a book. Among the many activities and demands of work, Gilles also coached little league baseball and volunteered as a physician for the Waterford Lancer’s football team. He cared deeply for his community and was elected into Waterford’s Representative Town Meeting. Forever serving others, Gilles was selfish on one account: his love for The Red Sox and UCONN Girls’ Basketball Team. Dr. Gil was known to have brought his snazzy transistor radio into patients’ delivery rooms in order to keep track of a good game. Dr. Marchand’s life was dedicated to his family, friends and patients and he will be sorely missed. “Not a finer man alive than Gil.” As time moved on, Dr. Marchand became a grandfather, and his competitive nature for card playing and board games was passed on to his grandchildren. He especially loved playing cribbage and monopoly with them, along with unending ping-pong games. After retirement, Gilles and Valerie would travel to Fripp Island, South Carolina where they enjoyed golf, walks on the beach and visits from family and friends. In addition to his grandchildren, Gil was an animal lover. He enjoyed playing with the five “grand-dogs” that brought him many laughs, especially his partner in crime, Scout. Dr. Marchand is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years. He was the loving son of Donat and Blanche Marchand, predeceased by his cherished older sister, Ruth Wickham and survived by brothers Donat (Jan) Marchand of Greenwich, CT and Chuck (Diane) Marchand of Virginia. He is also survived by his loving children, Denise Lancaster (Michael) of Blufton, SC, Gilles Marchand Jr. (Chip) of Guilford, CT and MaryBeth Marchand of Old Saybrook, CT and his five grandchildren, Emily, James, Matthew, Timothy, and Jane. Gilles will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, and long-time neighbors and friends. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand Street, Niantic. A memorial mass will assemble at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 16th at St. Agnes Church located on 386-3 Main Street, East Lyme. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gil’s memory may be made to the donor’s choice in honor his joy for reading - Waterford Public Library, his continuous pursuit of knowledge - Waterford High School Scholarship Fund, or his love of animals - the Waterford-East Lyme Animal Shelter.

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