David F. Guilbault, 67, of Bernardston, Massachusetts, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 21, 2021. He was born in Greenfield on August 8, 1954, the son of Francis and Patricia (Putney) Guilbault. Dave grew up in Turners Falls and attended local schools. Upon graduation from high school, he began work part time at the Greenfield Police Department as an auxiliary police officer on September 26, 1974. He worked to support himself as he continued his education, obtaining several degrees from different institutions such as Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
Over the next 37 years of his career, he rose through the ranks and retired as Chief of Police on September 24, 2011. During his career, he was an integral part of the Special Response Team, Drug Task Force, and Canine Unit. His awards and accommodations are too numerous to list. After his retirement from the GPD, he began work with Interstate Arms where he continued to develop friendships and an extended network.
Dave was always athletic and involved in various activities. Growing up, he played baseball and football, winning the punt pass and kick. He trained in both judo and karate, promoting to black belt. He was an Eagle Scout and police explorer. Playing trombone in the band, he was also able to pick up some other instruments. Many people over the years trained in PADI scuba certification under his Master Dive Instructor license.
Dave had a physically intimidating presence. Those who knew him could tell where he was in a building by the sound of his voice. On the inside, he was the kindest and most generous person. He was there for others before people knew they needed him. He took care of issues behind the scenes because he hated the spotlight. He would give someone the shirt off his back and the last dollar in his pocket.
Besides his beloved wife of 29 years, Dr. Nancy Hanratty, Dave leaves his daughter, Alana Guilbault, the center of his universe. He also leaves his brother and partner in crime, Denny Guilbault; a sister, Laurie Pease, the baby sister he always kept an eye on no matter how old she got; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was so very proud of his nephew and niece-in-law, Cody and Shannon Guilbault, as they each went down their career paths with the Massachusetts State Police. Dave had a range of friends which extended around the world. His inner circle were tight and the term “got your 6” has never meant more. These people were another big piece of his universe. Within that inner circle, was a smaller group who would head out together on their motorcycles for amazing trips across the country. The stories and pictures from these times are things that legends are made of.
Funeral services will be private. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
The family request no flowers to be sent. Instead, please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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