Wilfred Menard obituary – Trenton, NJ


Retired Major General Wilfred Charles Menard Jr. died on February 20, 2012 at the age of 93. Born in Trenton, NJ, he was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Cathedral High School and Rider College.

General Menard, son of the late Wilfred C. Menard and Bridget (Della) Dewan, is survived by his wife, Beatrice E. Murday Menard; daughters, Marilee Menard and Barbara Wolpoff; son-in-law, Stan Wolpoff; grandsons, Charles Harvey, Benjamin Wolpoff and David Wolpoff; a niece, Michele Lukens; and cousins, Sister Marie LaSalle Mullen and Mary McCormick Garruba. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary E. (Betty) Wagner Menard, and his son Wilfred III.

General Menard joined the armed forces in 1941, was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942, and separated at the rank of captain in 1945. He joined the New Jersey National Guard in 1946 and commanded battalion, group and division artillery levels. He was recalled to active duty in 1961 for a year with the 112th Artillery Group at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was promoted to colonel in 1962, brigadier general of the line in 1969, and major general in 1974. In 1954, he joined the New Jersey Military Department. In 1967, he was appointed deputy chief of staff of the department and in 1974 Governor Brendan T. Byrne appointed him chief of staff, a cabinet position, at the rank of major general to serve as adjutant general and commander of the Army of New Jersey and the Air National Guard. He retired in 1982. General Menard’s military recognitions include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal. the Army Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Guard Bureau Order of the Eagle, the New Jersey Medal of Honor, the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal and the New Jersey Medal of Merit. He was recognized by resolutions of both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly for his outstanding military and civilian service to New Jersey. In 1987 he was inducted into the US Army Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame.

General Menard was named a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Good Guy Award and Rider University named him a Graduate of the Year. He served for several years on the board of directors of the Helene Fuld Medical Center.

The mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 24 at 10:30 am in St. Elisabeth’s Church. Friends will be received by the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery at approximately 1:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Reilly Funeral Home.

In lieu of other memorials, donations are requested to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Community at Mount St. Mary, Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069, or the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum, 151 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, NJ08648.