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Ernest W. Rochefort

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Ernest W. Rochefort Obituary

Ernest W. "Ernie" Rochefort of Manchester died unexpectedly at home Monday, February 17, 2014. Born June 7, 1936 in Thornton, NH, to the late Conrad N. and Gladys (Vintinner) Rochefort, he spent the first half of his life in Winooski, VT. He attended Saint Francis Xavier and graduated with Winooski High's class of 1956, where he was a class officer, honors student and lettered in basketball and football. Summers he worked for Sam Smith Shoe Shop in Newmarket, NH and the Central Vermont Railroad. Upon graduation, he entered the tire business with Bill Atkins, and joined the Vermont National Guard Service Battery 206 Field Artillery where he studied radar repair and communications. In October, 1959 he joined the U.S. Army and attended basic training in NJ at Fort Dix as part of Company 1 1-3 before being sent to Fort Benning, GA as a member of Battery D Fifteenth Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged October 25, 1963. In 1966, he married the love of his life, Karen Flood, with whom he relocated to Connecticut and enjoyed 42 years of marriage until her passing in 2008. In 1968, they welcomed Ernie's "Daddy's little girl and #1 son", Liz, with whom he spent many happy hours teaching her his woodworking craft. In Connecticut, Ernie worked for General Tire, Newington Builders, Condere Corporation, Sears Truck Tire and finally Pete's Tire Barns, from which he retired at the end of 2001. His retirement years were even busier than his working, doing home renovations with Liz, sailing, and enjoying family time at their lakeside cottage in Vermont. He was a member of the American Legion, Crystal Lake Beach and Boat Club, Manchester Senior Center and Manchester Power Squadron. Ernie spent 2013 preparing for and welcoming the greatest joy of his life, his grandson, David. The two of them were inseparable, and even when pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema weakened him, Ernie spent part of every day with his "best little buddy", by whom he is already greatly missed. In addition to daughter Liz and grandson David of Manchester, Ernie is survived by a great-aunt, Annette Piche of Woodbury, CT; sister Theresa Audette of South Burlington, VT; brother-in-law Brian Spicer and wife Roberta, of Canonsburg, PA; sister-in-law Cherie Flood of Rye, NY; brother-in-law Ric Flood and wife Teena of Charlotte, VT; and many cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews and friends from Connecticut and Vermont. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Ray and David, sister Madeleine, brother-in-law Deane, nephew Eric and many others. Calling hours will be held Sunday, February 23 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center Street, Manchester. Funeral services begin Monday, February 24 at 9:45 a.m. at Watkins, followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Bridget Church, 80 Main Street, Manchester. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ernie's memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201 or online at http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/ErnieRochefort. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 20, 2014
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