Henry W. "Hank" Pigeon

Henry "Hank" W. Pigeon, 75, of Rockville, husband of 53 years to June (Dickens) Pigeon, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, with his family at his side.

Born in North Troy, Vt., the son of the late Wilfred and Aurora (Gendron) Pigeon, he grew up and lived in North Troy before moving to Rockville in 1960. Prior to his retirement, Hank was a custodian in the Vernon school system for several years. He was previously employed by the Amerbelle Corp. and the Rockville Reminder. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Hank was a longtime devoted firefighter with the Rockville Fire Department, where he served as battalion chief for the ladder company. He was an adviser for the Rockville Fire Department Explorer Post No. 641 and was a Boy Scout leader with Troop 815. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and was an avid fan of UConn women's basketball. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Beverly Crowley, and her husband, Robert, of Tolland, and Edward Pigeon, and his wife, Kelly, of Ellington; six grandchildren, Jessica Crowley, and her fiancé, Michael McCormick, Nicole Crowley, and her fiancé, Justin Gagnon, Deborah Crowley, Rhiannon Robert, and her fiancé, Chad Pelletier, and Nicholas and Emily Pigeon; four sisters, Gabrielle Maguda, and her husband, Donald, of Vernon, Anna Parker, and her husband, David, of Newberry, Vt., Theresa Daigle, and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, Vt., and Denise Pigeon of North Troy, Vt.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also predeceased by his brother, Wilfred Pigeon Jr.

His family will receive friends for calling hours on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ladd Funeral Home, 19 Ellington Ave., Rockville.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, Rockville, with military honors.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter, 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4, Milford, CT 06460; or to the Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22, 2012