September 10, 1940 ~ October 30, 2011

Born in: Gill, Mass.,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Wilfred "Willie" Albert Mayrand, 71, of Mayrand Rd., Leicester, died Sunday, October 30, 2011, at Memorial Campus, Mission Hospital. A native of Gill, Mass., he was a son of the late Wilfred E. and Celia Purple Mayrand. Mr. Mayrand was the founder and owner of Crown Aluminum. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea. He was an avid small track race car driver. He enjoyed traveling, and loved to cruise around in his 1938 Ford. He was also a member of the Shrine. He is survived by his wife, Avis Crafts Mayrand; sons Jeffrey Mayrand and wife Kristi, and David Mayrand and wife Gail; grandson Taylor Austin Mayrand, whom he called "My Little Buddy"; granddaughters Brooke and Taylor Paige Mayrand; sister Cheryl Petrin and husband Rich; brothers Robert Mayrand, Russell Mayrand and wife Shirley, and John Mayrand and wife Carol; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Phillips officiating. His family will receive friends following the service, and at other times at the residence, 2 Mayrand Rd., Leicester. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made in his honor to the Leicester VFD, PO Box 100, Leicester, NC, 28748, or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813, or to the VAMC Heart Unit, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Willie’s passing. He was a wonderful person, and I will miss him. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

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  2. Jeff, Im so sorry to here about Willies passing. It had been a while since i last talked to him but i always enjoyed seeing him. I will be out of town thursday but please know i am thinking of you and your family.Please call if i can help in any way.

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  3. Avis, Jeff, Kristi and Taylor….I know that Willie will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He helped me so many times and I always enjoyed talking to him when he would stop by the shop. I’ll always remember talking racing with him. Brings a smile to my face just thinking about him. He was always ready to help me whenever I asked him. I will miss him!

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  4. To the Mayrand family: Our sympathy goes out to each and every one of you. He will be deeply missed. Gary, Gayna (Woody), Kindall and Katelyn Edmonds

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  5. Jeff Ronnie and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time in your lives. We are sorry for your loss. If we can do anything for you please let us know.

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  6. I wanted to express my thoughts and prayers for all of you during this difficult time. You all are lifted up in my prayers. To Taylor, hang in there buddy! Willie was a great guy and will be missed.

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  7. Aunt Avis, Jeff, David and family…we were so sorry to hear of Uncle Will’s passing. He was such a wonderful person. His laugh was infectious, it made you smile just to hear it. I am sure he is watching you all from Heaven. If there is anything we can do please let us know.

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  8. To the Mayrand family: I’m sorry to hear of Willie’s passing. May you find comfort in knowing he lives on in a better place. My thoughts are with you in the coming days and weeks.

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  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We all thought a lot of Willie and he will be greatly missed.
    Johnny’s Mobile Home Service, Johnny Conard and family, Sandy Bassett, Neal Beattie, Doug Wyatt

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  10. Avis,

    I am so very sorry to hear about Willie. I am will forever cherish the memories and enjoy the stories about you two babysitting me when I was younger.

    I hope you find peace and comfort knowing we will one day again see Willie. I pray that God may bring you and your family comfort during this difficult time.

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  11. Avis,
    We are so very sorry. He will be missed. It was been a pleasure to know him. Now he is at peace. God bless you.
    Frank and Bettie

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  12. Earth has lost a wonderful man…. but the angels in heaven are celebrating his arrival. We will certainly miss Willie as will all his many friends. God be with his family. We love you

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  13. Avis – Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. We are so glad to have had the chance to know Willie.
    Your Vermont Friends,
    Charlie & Val

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  14. Avis, Joe and I are so very sorry to hear of Willie’s passing. You and your family will be in our prayers and thoughts. God Bless you.

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  15. Jeff, Christy & Family,
    We just wanted you to know that our Thoughts & Prayers are with you and your Family during this time of great loss. If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Your friends at SEC,
    Ricky James
    Gene Reagan
    Laurie Chandley
    Diane Miller
    Karen Griffin

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  16. Jeff, and the Mayrand Family,
    So sorry to hear of Willie’s passing, seem like I just seen Him @ the BP, and talked to Him, driving His ole’ car. Forever think of Him, when we look @ our house, for the work You guys done. And we are Lisa Wilson’s Parents….May God Bless You, and think about one day, we will all see Him again, on those golden streets. Heaven has got another Angel…. Take Care. No more suffering or pain……

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  17. We send our condolences to the family during this most difficult time. May God fill your hearts with His Grace, Mercy, Peace, and Heal your broken spirits.

    II Timothy 4:6-8 reads:
    ‘….and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day….’.

    May God bless and comfort you.

    Jerry Eplee

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  18. Jeff and family, we’re so sorry to hear that Willie has left us all behind. That sounds kind of selfish, and it is somewhat, but Willie was a true friend and the kind of man you just don’t meet every day. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  19. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Willie will be dearly missed he was a great person and good friend. Your family has meant alot to us.

    David & Gina Woody

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