Plainfield - Norman A. "Snapper" Ouillette, 87, formerly of Ralph St., Moosup, passed away peacefully at Apple Rehab in Mystic, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Moosup, a son of the late Arthur and Emma (Bigonesse) Ouillette.
Norman married the love of his life, Jacqueline (Ridgeway) Ouillette, who passed away Jan. 31, 1995.
They had six children, Donna Arnio of Brooklyn, Gail Ouillette of Pawcatuck, Leslie and Michael Bourque of Sterling, Ward Ouillette and Christiane Dion of Moosup, Brad and Lin Ouillette of Milford, Jimmy and Teresa Ducharme of Attawaugan; grandchildren, Jessica Chenette, Brianna and Brent Ducharme, Nicole and Vinny Ardito, Caolin and Riley Johnson; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Luke Wenzloff; a brother, Roland Ouillette of Moosup; and several nieces and nephews.
Snapper enjoyed fishing, particularly shell fishing and hunting. He loved his UConn women's basketball team and the New York Yankees. Snapper recently took up painting. He enjoyed painting lighthouses and gave several of them away to staff and patients at Apple Rehab. He was also a stained glass artist. Snapper was a well known carpenter in the area. He built his home in Moosup on Ralph Street, where the family has a lot of great memories. Snapper was a World War II Merchant Marine veteran and a communicant of All Hallows Church.
The funeral and burial are private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Hallows Church Bell Restoration Fund, 130 Prospect St., Moosup, CT 06354.
Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home
595 Norwich Road Plainfield, CT 06374
Published in The Day on Mar. 31, 2014