Linley Ellen Menard

  • Born: August 8, 2009
  • Died: July 27, 2020
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services

605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375
Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

EASTON---Linley Ellen Menard earned her angel wings surrounded by loved ones at her Easton home on July 27, 2020. Linley passed away peacefully after living with a rare pediatric brain cancer, DIPG, for over 9 months.

Born in Weymouth, the loving daughter of Eric and Cassie (Janiga) Menard and sister to Luke and Griffin, she was raised in Easton and attended the Richardson Olmsted School.

Linley was the perfect child from the day she was born. Her parents once questioned her pediatrician because she was such an easy, happy, great-sleeping infant and he just said, "You are lucky, enjoy her." Linley was born two years after her brother and was determined to catch up to him ever since. Although she was a shy toddler, she was fiercely determined and independent. She did everything early and without help. She kneeboarded at three, biked all around the neighborhood at four, and ran her first 5k the month she turned 5.

As Linley grew, her confidence and circle of friends grew through participation in sports; her favorites being soccer and gymnastics. She competed in gymnastics for several local gyms, each time with a smile on her face and in full support of her teammates. Linley played town soccer in Easton as well as club soccer with NEFC South Shore. Tiny and tenacious, she made up for what she lacked in size by playing with toughness and pure joy. She loved being part of a team and was the quintessential teammate; encouraging, positive, motivated, and always ready with high five or hug. She was known to show up for practice up to an hour early in order to to be 'on time.'

In school, Linley was adored by teachers and classmates and was an eager learner. She was the type of student a teacher could put in any group or situation. Linley could quiet the rowdy while helping timid friends speak up. She loved all of her teachers and had an especially strong connection to her last teacher whom she'd known since birth.

Linley loved traveling and had many exciting adventures in her ten years. She snowboarded in Utah, ate macrons on the Eiffel Tower, toured London, and most recently traveled to Spain and Italy on her 10th birthday. She explored the world and the people in it with an open mind and grateful soul, leaving her handprint everywhere she went.

While Linley excelled in school and sports, it was her loving nature that truly made her special. Linley was there for others offering a smile, a giggle, a gentle touch, or the tightest bear hug. Her trademark was her contagious laugh. She was a helper, a giver, a caring friend, the best sister, and loved her life and the people in it with her whole being. She was a peace keeper, an includer, and Linley was always first to befriend a new classmate or teammate and make them feel like one of the group. She overlooked faults and celebrated strengths. She will always be her friends' biggest cheerleader and our guiding light.

Linley will be forever missed by parents Eric and Cassie, brothers Luke and Griffin, and loyal dog Zeva. She is survived by by maternal grandparents John and Karen Janiga of Pound Ridge, NY, paternal grandparents Linda and Peter Landerholm of Lakeville (formerly of Brockton), her aunts and uncles, Lisa and Donny Westgate of Brockton, Laurie Landerholm and Fritz Clulow of Lakeville, Jill and Paul Conroy of Nashua, NH and Matt and Liz Janiga of New Canaan, CT and countless other cousins, extended family members, and devoted friends.

Due to Covid-19 and distancing restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Private services will be held with interment at Northville Cemetery, East Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to perform random acts of kindness in Linley's honor, squeeze your loved ones a little tighter, or donate in Linley's memory to help other pediatric patients. Donations can be made to:

Wicked Good Cause
Checks may be mailed to:
Wicked Good Cause
PO Box 217A Duxbury, MA 02331

Hope Health
Memorial donations made in Linley's name will go to Hope Health's Pediatric Hospice Care Programming
Checks may be mailed to:
Hope Health 1324 Belmont St., Suite 202, Brockton, MA 02301

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Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I didn't have the honor of knowing Linley, but heard of her through my co-worker, Rich. I began saying a prayer every night for her to be surrounded by angels to comfort her and her family.

Random acts of kindness are part of my everyday life, but now I will have Linley in my thoughts with each act.

Sending you all love and light to help ease the pain...

Posted by Lori C - Weymouth, MA   August 06, 2020

Cassie and Eric,
Delano, Sherry and I are so sorry to hear of Linley's passing. She always had such a big smile and so full of energy. Please know that you and the boys are in our thoughts.

Posted by John and Sherry Costa Hanlon - Friend   August 02, 2020

My deepest condolences and prayers. She was a very special little girl.

Posted by Debra Dudley Dubey - Brockton, MA - Family Friend   August 01, 2020

Dear Cassie and Eric.... your little love made her mark on her part of the world by her kindness, compassion, sweetness and raw love. This will, of course, have a ripple effect in spreading her goodness. My heart aches for you. I pray you will find strength and peace.

Posted by Nanci Blakeslee - Ithaca, NY - Family Friend   August 01, 2020

Linley will forever be in our hearts as will the entire Menard family. #loveforlinley

Posted by Gretchen O'Donnell - Duxbury, MA - Friend   August 01, 2020

There are no words to express how sorry I am about the passing of Linley. We have been living in Florida for 17 years but I feel I know her through her grandparent's eyes and Facebook. Linley was an old soul and so wise beyond her years. For the almost 11 years she walked amongst us, the world was a more beautiful and gentler place. Heaven has a new angel and it is now a more beautiful place.

Posted by Brenda Smith - Vero Beach, FL - Family   August 01, 2020

My deepest condolences! I had the greatest pleasure of having met and known Linley, even though it was just for a short time in my gymnastics class! I will always remember her enthusiasm, beautiful smile, and kind heart! I am so sorry for your loss! Rest In Peace Linley!

Posted by Emily Krim - Easton, MA - Teacher   August 01, 2020

Dearest Cassie,Eric,Luke and Griffin.
No words can express our condolences.
Linley was a beautiful sweet girl and will be missed but her life and memories will always be in our hearts
Sending you love, thoughts and prayers.
May the divine light of god illuminate our mind body and soul( from the Hindu scriptures )
Lots of love and hugs
Vikas, Shikha, Shivani, Priya and Eesha

Posted by Shikha Merchia - Easton - Friend   August 01, 2020

Sweet, brave and courageous little girl. The Easton community and the world just got a beautiful angel. We are so sorry for your loss

Posted by Todd, Alyssa, Taylor, Derek Marino - Easton, MA - Neighbor   August 01, 2020

Beautiful words of remembrance.

Posted by Josie Paolillo - Easton, MA - Classmate   August 01, 2020

Such a beautful life. She will sore among the angels and sprinkle love & kindness onto our Earth.

Posted by Debra Prudhomme - North Easton, MA - Neighbor   August 01, 2020