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Joseph F. Bilodeau

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BILODEAU, Joseph F. Joseph F. Bilodeau, 88, of Windsor Locks husband of the late Laura C. (Finard) Bilodeau entered into Eternal Rest on Sunday, (October 18, 2009), at Avery Heights in Hartford. Joseph was born August 25, 1921, in Gorham, NH the son of the late Fred and Alice (Tanguay) Bilodeau. Joseph graduated from Gorham High School Class of 1939. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force and served during World War II. While in the service Joseph served as an engineer gunner and flew 50 missions as a member of the B-17 crew. Joseph moved to Windsor Locks in 1955 and spent the winter months in Melbourne FL. He was employed at Hamilton Standard as a test operator and was a member of the team that helped to develop the space suit for NASA. Joseph was an amateur photographer and studied photography from 1946 to 1949. He enjoyed radio controlled airplanes, wood crafting and model building. Joseph is survived by his children from his first marriage, his son, Michael Bilodeau and his wife, Davender Khokhar of Willington; a daughter, Linda Bilodeau and her husband, Bill Shabarekh of West Hartford; three grandchildren, Bill Shabarekh of New Britain, Tim Shabarekh and his wife. Charlotte of Arlington, MA, Robert Shabarekh and his fiancé, Julianna Lattanzi, of Milford. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Tuesday, October 20, from 5-7 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, at St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks. (Please meet at the church) Joseph will be buried with military honors in St. Mary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Joseph may be made to St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks, CT 06096. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 19, 2009
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