Gilman W. Soucie, 87, a resident of Enfield since 1957, formerly of Hartford and Maine, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Johnson Memorial Hospital of Stafford Springs.
He was born and educated in Winterville, Maine, a son of the late William H. and Gertrude M. (Oullette) Soucie. Gil enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
serving with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division during World War II
participating in action at Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, and was the recipient of several awards and citations earning his honorable discharge from active duty on March 11, 1952. He was a member of the Enfield American Legion, John Maciolek Post No. 154. After his discharge, Gil returned to civilian life, where he owned and operated the G.S. Welding & Fabricating Co. based out of East Windsor for over 16 years, retiring in 1994. He was a communicant of St. Martha Church of Enfield.
He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of 66 years, Jeannine (Violette) Soucie; and leaves five loving children, Linda J. Bishop of West Suffield, Clayton J. Soucie, and his wife, Marcia, of West Suffield, Molly M. Packard, and her husband, James, of Fort Collins, Colo., Carl H. Soucie of Colchester, and Gail S. Landry, and her husband, William, of West Springfield, Mass.; two brothers, Norman Soucie of Bangor, Maine, and Malcolm Soucie of Plainville; as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson in 1980.
His funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. from the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Martha Church, 214 Brainard Road, both in Enfield. Burial and military honors will take place at a later date at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Maine. Relatives and friends may call on Thursday at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gil's memory may be directed to the
, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045.
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