Eugene R. Burpee, 84, passed away on November 20, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Aveline "Babe" Burpee. Born on March 27, 1929 in Lewiston, Maine he was the son of the late Louis and Bertha (Albison) Burpee. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Gene worked for SNET in Waterbury, where he started as a lineman and retired as an on-site engineer. He was a fan of all sports, especially the Litchfield area men's softball league and the UConn Men's and Women's basketball teams. He was also an avid fan of playing and watching golf. Gene enjoyed traveling all over the United States with his favorite travel companion, Babe. He loved his log home on the Bantam River and took pride in maintaining his property and watching the wild life. He looked forward to spending the winter months at his condo in Jensen Beach, Florida. In addition to his wife, Babe, he is survived by his daughter, Donna Nicholson-Martin and husband Tom of Canton, CT, sister, Nathalie Paquette and husband Peter of Brunswick, Georgia, granddaughter, Dakota Nicholson of Canton, CT; stepchildren, Joyce O'Dell Stiles and husband Fred, Richard O'Dell and wife Susan, all of Morris, Tom O'Dell and wife Robin of Goshen, Raymond O'Dell and wife Susan of Plattsburgh, NY, Bill O'Dell of Torrington, Cindy O'Dell, James O'Dell and Chris O'Dell and his wife Mary, all of Bantam; step grandchildren, Danielle O'Dell, Adam Stiles, Andrew O'Dell, Matthew O'Dell, Dylan Stiles, Jessica O'Dell, Brady O'Dell, Alex O'Dell and Jenna O'Dell; six step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Northwest Hospice, 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750 or Bantam Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. 456, Bantam, CT 06750. To send the family an online condolence, kindly visit

Published in the TC Palm on Nov. 25, 2013