Armand “Tig” Sabourin (1937-2021)-teacher, coach, role model, friend, died on July 9th at his daughter’s house in Harvard, Massachusetts.
Armand graduated from UMass Amherst, which he attended on a full football/baseball scholarship. He earned a BS in Mathematics and, in 1960, was awarded Student-Athlete of the year. He joined the Army where he was stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, working on the missile program headed by Wernher von Braun. He taught and coached for 5 years at Clearwater Central Catholic High School in Florida, where he was voted Teacher of the Year. In 1968, he began his career teaching and coaching at Bedford High School in Massachusetts.
Armand belonged to many Halls of Fame: Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Dean Academy Hall of Fame, Northbridge High School Hall of Fame and Bedford High School Hall of Fame.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, and visiting his home in Center Lovell, Maine. Despite suffering many afflictions, including blindness and a 28-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease, he never complained, always kept his faith, and was a firm follower of the saying “Do not pray for an easy life; pray to be a strong person”.
He leaves his wife Judith (Leonard), his 3 surviving children: Anne and her husband Daniel Ferguson, Michael and his wife Ann (Kelly), Christopher & his partner Victoria Rogers. He was predeceased by his son Jim. He leaves 13 grandchildren and a great granddaughter. He also leaves a sister Patricia (Sabourin) Davidson and a brother, Robert. He was predeceased by his brother Richard.
Visiting hours will be held from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 13th at the Tighe-Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 14th at 10:30am in St. Michael Church, 21 Manning Street, Hudson with burial to follow in Forestvale Cemetery, Broad Street, Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the James Sabourin Fellowship Award at Brandeis University (https://heller.brandeis.edu/news/items/releases/2009/sabourin.html) or a charity of your choice.
For online condolences and view life story visit (www.tighehamilton.com).