Brett R. Cournoyer, 53, of Shrewsbury


Shrewsbury – Brett R. Cournoyer, 53, was stricken ill on a job site and passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.

He leaves his devoted wife of 29 years, Eileen M. (VanArsdalen) Cournoyer; his three loving children, Brett Cournoyer II, Thomas Cournoyer, and Danielle Cournoyer, all of Shrewsbury; his mother, Diane (Poirier) Cournoyer of Northborough; his father, Robert Cournoyer of Florida; his sister, Michelle Cournoyer-Szczepaniak and her husband David of Auburn; his mother-in-law, Bernadette VanArsdalen of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Robert VanArsdalen, who passed away this past June.

Born in Worcester and raised in Northborough, he lived in Shrewsbury for the past 30 years. Brett graduated from Algonquin Regional High School.

An avid skier in the mountains of Vermont, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, clamming on Cape Cod and Rhode Island. He loved boat trips with his longtime friend, Chuckie Roche. His best times were spent vacationing in Vermont with his family.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 4-7 p.m., in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St., Northborough. Brett’s funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., in St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 West Main St., Northborough. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of Brett Cournoyer, online at, or checks made payable to Boston Children’s Hospital can be mailed to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Dr., Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215-5301.

To view or leave a condolence, please visit Brett’s Book of Memories at