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Shirley Elmer Tourtillotte

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Shirley Elmer Tourtillotte, 89, of Marlborough, CT and Orlando, FL, loving husband of 40 years of the late Patricia (Naughton) Tourtillotte, died at home with dignity with family by his side on January 12, 2015. He was born to Charles and Beulah Tourtillotte and grew up in Passadumkeag, ME. He was named for his great-uncle, Shirley Doe. A bronze star recipient, Shirley was a Sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division and participated in the nighttime assault on Riva Ridge in Italy during WWII. In 1995 at the age of 70, he returned to Italy for 50th Reunion and reenacted their historic climb. Shirley was a Charter Member of American Legion Post #197 and received recognition for his 50 Years Continuous Service in 2014. As a river log driver in his youth, Shirley was as comfortable on a bateaux and canoe as he was on skis. His career included cook, baker, lumberjack, dam builder, bridge builder, truck driver, bulldozer operator, firefighter, welder, painter, cement finisher, mason and carpenter. He was employed as assemblyman, machinist, salesman & electrician at Harper Buffing Machines, East Hartford, CT for over 30 years. Retiring to FL, he became the neighborhood handyman. While in Chicago, acting as Best Man for life long friend Richard Tracy, he met Maid of Honor, Patricia who became his wife.Shirley & Pat raised four children: Lynn (Tourtillotte) Williamson and her husband, Lee of Bolton, Steven Tourtillotte and his wife Patricia McClain of Marlborough, James Tourtillotte and his wife Lauri of Spokane, WA and Robert Tourtillotte of Orlando, FL. Shirley was much loved by his grandchildren, Gregory Foote and wife Cholla, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Jennifer Spencer and husband Mark, Spokane, WA, Jessica Tourtillotte, Seattle, WA and Ross Williamson Bolton, CT. Shirley took great pleasure in great-granddaughter, Olivia Foote and great-grandson, Dylan Foote. Besides his parents and his wife Patricia, his siblings predeceased him: Leon Tourtillotte, Lois (Tourtillotte) Goss, and Charles Roger Tourtillotte. Shirley enjoyed woodworking and had a workshop to be envied. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, dedication to family & community and his cradles, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. The family would like to thank the entire team at Masonicare Hospice for their professional care and support.There are no calling hours. Burial will be private at Marlborough Cemetery at convenience of the family. In honor of Shirley's life and his gift to others, memorial donations may be made to: American Legion Post #197, Scholarship Fund, ATTN: Ray Theobald, Treasurer, P.O. Box #178, Marlborough, CT 06447. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 16, 2015
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