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Marcel Blanchard Obituary
Marcel Blanchard July 11, 1923 - October 10, 2012 Colchester - Marcel "Ducky" Blanchard husband of the late Teresa Blanchard passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon at Harrington Court surrounded by his loved ones. He was born July 11, 1923 in Magog, Canada the son of Albert and Albina Blanchard. Marcel and his family moved to the United States when he was a young boy and settled in Jewett City. He graduated from Griswold High School in 1941 and proudly became a naturalized citizen in 1944. Honorably serving in the U.S. Army, Marcel was stationed in Greenland during World War 2. Staff Sgt. Blanchard served with the Army Corps of Engineers at a crucial refueling airbase and eventually became responsible for all refrigeration on the base. After the war he enrolled in the Massachusetts Trade School in Boston. Upon completion of his studies Marcel returned to Connecticut and was hired by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals as an electrician where he remained for 35 years until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of the Elks and the Maennerchor Club where he was a past president. On April 3, 1948 Marcel was married to Teresa Jarvis and enjoyed 48 years together before her death in 2004. A devoted family man, he was always the first to help his family and make everyone smile. Marcel is survived by two daughters Carolyn Doutre and her husband Timothy, and Janet Palermo, four grandchildren Sarah Palermo, Jennifer Doutre and her husband Corey Morrison, Nathan Palermo and his wife Soulinda, and Jeff Doutre and his wife Susan, and five great grandchildren, all of whom adored their "Papa". A special thank you is extended to the staff at Harrington Court and VITAS Hospice Care for the wonderful support and care they provided Marcel during his stay with them. All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church Taftville Monday at 10:00 AM meeting directly at Church. Burial of cremains to follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. There is no visitation. Arrangements by Godere Funeral Home Taftville. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Oct. 12, 2012
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