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Roger Rene Chamberland October 25,1928 - November 30, 2012 Oakdale - Roger R Chamberland, age 84 died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his children on November 30 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London after a long illness. Roger was the beloved husband of Evelyn Liberacki Chamberland. Roger was born October 25,1928 at home in Chicopee Massachusetts, son of Roger Lionel Chamberland a musician and later a barber and Irene St. George a homemaker, seamstress and milliner, grandson of Napoleon Chamberland inventor of the Chamberland furnace. Roger was raised in Chicopee Massachusetts. At 14 he began a professional career in music as a trumpet player in local big bands. After graduating from Chicopee High School in 1945 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy serving as a radio operator in Trinidad and then as the first seat trumpet player in the Navy band. After leaving the Navy he attended Colonial School of Tool Design in Springfield, MA graduating in 1950. He began his career as a tool and die designer with stints at Westinghouse, Pratt & Whitney and the Springfield Armory where he was a member of the design team for the M-16 used in the Vietnam conflict. In 1966 Roger moved to New London to join the Department of Defenses' facility, The Underwater Sound Laboratory where he earned 2 patents for underwater communication devises. Among his designs was the "Tunnel" which purpose was to simulate underwater conditions for testing. The "Tunnel" continues to be in use at the University of Rhode Island. The subsequent devises remain in service within the submarine fleet. He loved designing and his position at "The Lab". After retiring in 1991 he found more time to devote to ham radio, photography, music and reading for pleasure. Besides his loving wife Evelyn he leaves a daughter Susan F. Chamberland of Ivoryton and a son Donald B. Chamberland of Cornwall, NY, brother Richard in Lakeland, FL as well as his grandchildren Andrew of Austin, TX and Gabriella of Spartanburg, SC. He was predeceased by his brother Gerard and his sister Barbara Duprey. Military honors will be held at the Essex Yacht Club followed by a burial at sea off the Thames River in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eight Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001, 1-866-AFA-8484 or online at www.ALZFDN.org

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Feb. 3, 2013
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