Armand J. Tardif, Jr., 71, of Biddeford, Maine, went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Armand (Junior) was born on January 14, 1947 to Armand J. Tardif Sr. and Ethel Dreda Tardif (Martel).
Armand attended Biddeford High School where he participated in track and field and held the school pole vaulting record for a period of time. He graduated in 1965. On July 23, 1966 he married his high school sweetheart, Muriel Bergeron. Together they raised ten children, five daughters and five sons.
Armand worked as a master plumber for fifty years. He was a member of the Gideons International, serving as the president of the Saco Valley Camp. As a Christian and a man of faith he fully embraced his calling to spread the Word of God. He made multiple trips to Tanzania where he helped establish an orphanage and provided support to local churches and many families.
He taught Sunday School and served as deacon of Oak Ridge Bible Church in Biddeford. He visited local nursing homes providing fellowship and conducting bible studies.
He volunteered at the polls for the Biddeford Republican City Committee and served as their chaplain from 2006-2014.
Armand met life with unmatched passion and enthusiasm in everything he did, whether it was his job, his call to do God’s work, spending time with his family, or everything else in between. He found joy in it all, and he shared that joy effortlessly with everyone. The relationships that he built were a constant source of inspiration and fueled his love for the everyday things. He enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, clamming with his “girls”, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. Little made him smile brighter than supporting his grandchildren at their various sporting events and performances. He relished in their accomplishments and cherished every moment. He had immeasurable gratitude for all of God’s gifts and it was evident in the way he lived his life.
Armand was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Muriel; his ten children, five daughters – Selena Tardif and her partner Scott Bennett, Sheryl Langevin and husband Ken, Sharon Forcier and husband Gary, Carrie Buchanan, Laura Walton and husband Dennis; five sons – Jeffrey Tardif and wife Jennifer, Rodney Tardif and wife Jennifer, Eric Tardif, Joshua Tardif and wife Angie, Thomas Tardif and wife Alyssa; 23 grandchildren – Brandon Forcier, Britney, Cassandra, Hannah, and Adrianna Ledoux, Samuel Buchanan, Emili Tardif Beaulieu and husband Marc, Rebecca and Cooper Tardif, Brooke and Matthew Tardif, Dylan, Dawson, Khloe, and Cole Tardif, Jakob, Elijah, and Isaiah Tardif, Cheyenne, Grace, Keaira, and Caleb Tardif, Oliver Tardif; 2 great-granddaughters – Elizabeth Baumann and Maisy Beaulieu. Armand is also survived by four sisters, Dorothy Lauzon of Rhodes Island, Lucille Metcalf of Pennsylvania, Rita Roberge and Elaine Marcoux of Biddeford, and two brothers, George Tardif and Fred Tardif of Biddeford, and many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be on Monday, August 13 from 4:00-7:00pm followed by a funeral service on Tuesday, August 14, 11:00 am at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, Maine. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Elm Street, Biddeford.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gideons International - Saco Valley Camp, PO Box 725, Biddeford, Maine 04005.
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Donations may be made to:
Gideons International - Saco Valley Camp,
P.O. Box 725, Biddeford ME 04005