OXFORD – Eli C. Choiniere, Jr., 79, of Locust Street, died peacefully on Monday, January 7, 2019, at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus in Worcester, with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, June E. (Murray) Choiniere of Oxford; five daughters, Jill Choiniere of Dayville, CT, Gail Baker and her husband Bruce of Hudson, FL, Robin Donoian and her husband Daniel of Scottsdale, AZ, Barbara Nichols and her husband Paul of Dudley, and Sandra White and her husband Brian of Oxford; a brother, Robert Choiniere and his wife Barbara of Dexter, ME; eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by three grandsons, Sean Baker, Michael Shong, and Ryan Shong. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Eli C. and Rita (Groleau) Choiniere Sr., and was a lifelong resident of Oxford. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Eli worked for the Renaissance Wire Company in Webster for 20 years, retiring in 2004. Previously, he worked at National Standard / Worcester Wire Company in Worcester for over 20 years.
Eli loved fishing and hunting. He was a former member of the Worcester Striper Club for many years, and the Webster Lake Anglers. He won many fishing tournaments throughout his life, enjoyed making his own lures and flies, and could be found both freshwater and saltwater fishing. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida and playing golf. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and will be remembered by his family as a quick-witted man of very few words.
A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 p.m .on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Oak Hill Bible Church, 40 Sacarrappa Road, Oxford. Burial will be private at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.