Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason James Menard, 39, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from injuries suffered when he became trapped in a four-alarm fire in Worcester, after helping his Ladder crew get to safety.
Jason was born in Worcester, on April 4, 1980, the son of James Menard and Cheryl (Pike) Kelly. Jason graduated from Doherty Memorial High School, Class of 1999. This is where he met the Love of his Life Tina. The two would marry in 2003 and together they would go on to raise three beautiful children.
Jason began his journey with the Worcester Fire Department on October 25, 2010. Throughout his career, Jason was assigned to Ladder 6 and Engine 11 of the Greendale Station and Engine 4 of the Park Avenue Station. On October 9, 2018, Jason was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Ladder 5 of the McKeon Road Station. When not working for the Fire Department, Jason worked for the Washburn-Garfield Corporation.
Jason is survived by his cherished family, his wife of sixteen years, Tina; their three children, Joshua, Hailee, and Morgan Menard; his mother and step-father, Cheryl (Pike) Kelly and Peter D. Kelly of Worcester; his sister, Heather Current and her husband Dan and their children Hannah and Macey of Shrewsbury; his father and mother-in-law, Francis and Theresa Mosso of Worcester; his maternal grandmother, Anne Clark of North Port, Florida. He also leaves behind many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends, Michael Giangrande, Jr., his wife Kristen and their children, Olivia, Sophia, and Dante. Jason was god father to three special girls who loved him dearly, Macey, Lilliana and Liberty. He is predeceased by his father, James Menard; his grandparents, William Pike, Paul and Mildred Menard.
Jason was a true family man who wanted nothing but the best for them. He rarely missed a softball or basketball game, dance competition or any other activity his children were involved in. Dad was their biggest fan and supporter. Jason enjoyed camping and never turned down a board game challenge from his children. He loved working in the yard and everything Pumpkin Spice. His love for his family, his selflessness, and his unique sense of humor is how he will be remembered.
Calling hours for Jason will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 3 pm to 7 pm in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. His funeral will be held Monday, November 18th at 11:00 am in St John’s Church, 44 Temple St., Worcester (please go directly to church). Burial with Worcester Fire Department Honors will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances in Jason’s name can be made to the Worcester Firefighters Scholarship Fund, 625 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602.