Camille H. Aubuchon peacefully entered eternal life at home on June 18, 2023 surrounded by her family. Camille lived the full measure of her 104 years filled with a zest for life, a fierce commitment to faith and family, a remarkable sense of adventure and a twinkle in her eye.
She was born December 28, 1918 in Nashua, New Hampshire to Donat and Clara (Pinet) Corriveau.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, William E., Aubuchon, Jr.. She was also predeceased by her three sisters, Mariette Moher, Claire Louise Bouchard, Madeline Tremblay and her son-in-law, Dr. James M. Young.
She graduated from Smith College class of 1940. While at Smith, she spent her junior year in Paris at the Sorbonne, witnessing the momentous years of 1938 and 1939, returning home two weeks before the German invasion of Poland.
Like so many of her generation, when Bill returned home from the war in January 1946, they set about making their life in Fitchburg MA, where Bill was the President of Aubuchon Hardware. While raising her five children she found time to be committed to numerous civic activities. She was passionate about libraries and was the longest serving trustee of the Fitchburg Public Library and a founder of the Fitchburg Children's Library. She served on the boards of the Fitchburg Art Museum and Applewild School and was among the founders of the Friends of Assumption College. She was a lifelong member of the Smith College Club of Fitchburg.
Camille was a woman of a deep and profound Catholic faith. She said her rosary daily, wherever she was in the world, enlisting anyone around to join her. She was in the first class of women to be invested in the Order of Malta in 1986. She participated in 14 pilgrimages to Lourdes, as a member of the Order, where she prayed with great devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes from whom she attributed so many of the blessings in her life. She was also member of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, LGCHS, since 1984. She was a volunteer for Catholic Charities of Worcester County. She was a Eucharistic minister for many years with her husband in service to the residents of the Highlands Long Term Care Center in Fitchburg, MA. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s and Immaculate Conception churches in Fitchburg, MA.
Camille and Bill traveled the world to over 35 countries. Her children always noted "If you invite Mom and Dad on a trip they will come." They took their children and grandchildren on many trips across the US, Europe and Asia.
She is survived by her five children, William E. 3rd., (Karson), Mariette A. Young, Laure Camille Aubuchon, Anne Celeste O'Rourke (Michael) and Donat C. (Eileen). She is also survived by eight grandchildren Gretchen Camille Young (Juli-Ann), Jason P. Young (Heather) William E. Aubuchon IV (Gretchen), Marin Mayall (Jim), Jean Marc Aubuchon (Caitlin), Jacques D. Aubuchon, Suzette C. Aubuchon (Laura) and M. Conor O'Rourke (Michelle), and 13 great grandchildren on whom she showered her unconditional love, championed their many successes and was steadfast through their challenges.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Pilgrimage Foundation at: Order of Malta American Association, LB#1618, PO box 95000
Philadelphia PA 19195-0001. Please make check payable to the Order of Malta, American Association. In the memo field please indicate the money is for the Pilgrimage Foundation in the memory of Camille H. Aubuchon, DM.
The wake will be held on Tuesday, June 27th at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg from 4 – 8 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday June 28th at 11:00 AM, St Joseph’s Church, 49 Woodland St., Fitchburg. Burial immediately following at the Pieta Chapel, St. Joseph’s Cemetery.