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Robert Rondeau


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Robert Rondeau Obituary
Robert Rondeau, age 69, of Brattleboro, died Monday, April 3, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, surrounded by family, following his battle with degenerative lung disease. The disease overtook his life before a donor lung became available - and he faced this struggle with the quiet stoicism, patience and extraordinary grace that characterized his life.

Robert is survived by his wife, Jude Roberts Rondeau of Brattleboro; his sister Bernice (Rondeau) Durbin of Crossville, TN; his brother Harvey Rondeau Jr. of Deltona, FLA; his sister Lori (Rondeau) Stone of Dallas, TX; and his sister Susan Rondeau of Santa Rosa, CA. Locally, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Carol (Rondeau) Moore of Vernon. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Maurice Rondeau of Vernon.

He was born on May 7, 1947 in Norwich, CT, the son of Harvey Raymond Rondeau and Anita (Morrisseau) Rondeau, who was a native of Brattleboro and attended St. Michael's HS. Robert grew up in Connecticut, attending Norwich Free Academy and the Paier School of Art in New Haven, CT, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Drafted into the United States Army in 1969, he served with distinction in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. In 1974, he married Jude Roberts, and they settled in Brattleboro that same year.

Robert's gifts as a creative artist, teacher and problem solver were central to his life. His career spanned 40 years as a graphic artist and product designer with such firms as Cersosimo Inc., Tree Spirit and Clear Solutions. He became a much-loved technology teacher at St. Michael's Catholic School, introducing students to the intricacies of the computer world. He was also a member and President of the Brattleboro Area Flyers club- designing, building and flying radio-controlled sailplanes with which he competed in both regional and national competitions. He inspired and taught several generations of Brattleboro-area flyers and leaves behind him the echoes of a basement teeming with youngsters building gliders. Together with his wife Jude, he skated with the Brattleboro Figure Skating Club - where for two decades he built most of the annual ice show sets, designed the club's programs and posters, and was good-naturedly roped into performing roles on ice such as Elvis and Dr. I. Cycle, the mad scientist. During skating season, Robert could frequently be found ice dancing with Jude at the rink or on the Retreat Meadows. His life was permeated with creativity, insightful humor and a high level of personal integrity. He will be greatly missed.

SERVICES: A celebration of Robert's life will be held on Saturday, June 24 at Hilltop Montessori, 99 Stafford Farm Hill, Brattleboro. The service will begin at 11am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the BWH Lung Transplant Family Fund (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Lung Transplant, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115, Attn: Shawna Evans) or to the HealthWell Foundation: https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/ways-to-give/tributesmemorials.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer from Apr. 8 to Apr. 15, 2017
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