Roger Trudeau

Roger Trudeau, 84, of South Windsor, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Vernon Manor Health Care Center.

Roger was born on May 12, 1929, in Somerset, Mass., to the late Omer and Phema (Poisson) Trudeau. As a young man, he worked at his father's dental laboratory in Somerset. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserves, in which he served eight years. Roger graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney in 1963, Roger worked for American Bosch Arma as a field engineer on the Atlas Missile. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney for 29 years having worked in East Hartford until 1976 before transferring to the West Palm Beach, Fla., facility until his retirement in 1992. In 2006, Roger, and his wife, Lucille, moved to South Windsor to be close to their daughter, Lisa, and her family. A kind, gentle, and caring man, Roger had a variety of interests. He loved working with his hands, repairing and building things, and woodworking. Every evening, a book would be in his hands, usually pertaining to one of his outside interests, such as geology, rocks and minerals, or archaeology. Roger held the position of vice president of the Archeological Society of Connecticut for a few years in the early to mid 1970s. He enjoyed the outdoors and nature, where he pursued activities like gardening, hiking, skiing, biking, and golfing. A man of faith, he was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Most importantly, he loved spending time with family.

Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Lucille (Castonguay) Trudeau; his son, Marc Trudeau, and his wife, Patti, of Chicago, Ill.; his daughter, Lisa Stephan, and her husband, Rob, of Ellington; three grandchildren, Matthew Stephan, Ally Stephan, and Grace Trudeau; and his sister, Lorraine Bacon of Fall River, Mass. He was predeceased by his sister, Vivianne Crosby of Somerset, Mass.; his brother, Edgar Trudeau of Somerset, Mass.; and his brother, Maurice Trudeau, of Houston, Texas.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Road, South Windsor, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 17 to Mar. 21, 2014