EUSTIS — Dennis Paul Picard, 61, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 26, while snowmobiling in his favorite place in the world, Eustis. He was coming in from ice-fishing for the day with some of his buddies on Flagstaff Lake. It was a tragic, freak accident not involving recklessness, carelessness nor alcohol.

Dennis was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on Feb. 1, 1956. He was the son of the late Arthur Picard and Theresa Chamberland Picard of Fort Myers, Fla.

Dennis was loved by all. He always had time for others, whether it was helping with a project, doing something special for someone, or taking his family to the beach on one of his boats. He loved spending time with family and friends. Dennis always made those around him feel special.

Dennis loved supporting the New England Patriots. Super Bowl games were always played around his birthday, Feb. 1. Hosting Super Bowl parties at his home with his wife were events that he looked forward to from the very first game of the season every year.

Dennis will be remembered as a skilled commercial fisherman and shell fisherman, talented carpenter and outdoorsman. Whenever he was out on the water fishing, his soul was at peace. Whether on Nauset Beach or at his camp in Maine, the outdoors was his sanctuary. Fishing was his passion and carpentry was his God-given skill. Creating gifts from wood for family members was a labor of love for him. Many of his family members have treasured pieces of furniture and other wooden items made with his skilled hands.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Dorothy Guttay Picard; and precious rescue dogs, Goofey and Salty of Chatham, Mass., and Eustis. Dennis had a soft place in his heart for all animals, and during their years together they adopted several rescue dogs. He had an especially close bond with his Alaskan husky, Denali, who passed away one and a half years ago, and whose passing he never really recovered from.

He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Daigle and husband, Joseph, of Orleans, Mass.; his brothers, Arthur Picard and wife, Muriel, of Bellingham, Mass. and Jeffrey Picard and wife, Pat, of Sandwich, Mass.; his father-in-law, Robert Guttay of Brooklyn, Conn.; sister-in-law, Kathy Guttay and partner, Peter Twombly, of Chatham, Mass.; and brother-in-law, David Guttay and wife, Brenda, of Gaylord, Mich. Dennis will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, Amy, Matthew, Keith, Joshua, Elizabeth, Christopher, Kaitlin, Kathryn, Sarah and Andrew to whom he has given so many amazing memories. He was also the fun-loving great-uncle to Kensington, Emma, Andrew, Juliette, Beckett and Ryan.

Dennis leaves behind many friends in Chatham, Mass., and Eustis, especially his “adopted family,” the LeMonts of Eustis, Tom and wife, Linda, Susan and husband, Cubby, Carol and husband, Jim, Tommy 2 and wife, Lori, Kim and husband, Jonathon, and Wendy.

He will forever be in our hearts and minds as we share memories of his life and our adventures together.

Condolences and tributes may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Dennis P. Picard

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