Norwich - Roland P. Gauthier, 68, formerly of Uncasville, died at The William W. Backus Hospital, surrounded by his family on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, after a long illness.|
He was born on Dec. 30, 1944, in Norwich, to the late Peter L. and Eva (Shorey) Gauthier. He attended New London High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served from Aug. 1962 to Oct. 1966, some of which was in Vietnam until his honorable discharge.
On May 28, 1966, he married his beloved wife, Carol (Le Bert de Bar) at St. Joseph Mission Church in Hanover. They raised their family together while he worked as a supervisor for the Connecticut DOT until his retirement. Roland was a member of the Montville VFW and a life member of the Marine Corps League.
Roland is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Lori (Gauthier) Paolino; son, Roland P. Gauthier Jr. and his wife, Chris-Ann; sister, Idella Howland and her husband, Paul; grandchildren, Amber Loiacono, Trent Gauthier, Andrew Moreau, Alexis Moreau, and Brittnee Miller; great-grandchild, Kayden Pease; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Bonville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Church & Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St., Norwich. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. John The Evangelist Church, Maple Ave., Uncasville, meeting directly at the church. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, at www.dvnf.org or mail to DVNF, 1020 19th St. NW, Suite 475, Washington, DC 20036.
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Published in The Day on Jan. 21, 2013