Roger Belhumeur
Chief Roger G. Belhumeur, 67

AUBURN - Roger G. Belhumeur, 67, of 3 White Terrace passed away early Sunday morning May 22, 2016 after a long and courageous 16 year battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Marion (Robinson) Belhumeur. Roger was born in Woonsocket, RI June 28, 1948 son of Jeanne (Boucher) Belhumeur and the late Maurice Belhumeur. Roger was also predeceased by his sister, Linda Belhumeur.

In addition to his wife and mother, Roger is survived by his three children: Amy J. Belhumeur of North Oxford, MA; Matthew R. Belhumeur and his wife Elizabeth of Paxton, MA, and Mary Rose Johnson and her husband Nicholas of Auburn. Roger is also survived by his two brothers Dennis Belhumeur and Michael Belhumeur, both of Auburn, MA. Roger also leaves behind his three grandchildren Jacob Johnson, Brady Johnson and Juliette Belhumeur; his step-daughter, Kathy Amyot and her husband Robert of Hastings, NE. and three step-grandchildren, William, Kate, and Emily Amyot.

Roger was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He enlisted with the Air Force in 1969 and was discharged in 1979. During his time with the Air Force, Roger obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Later, Roger dedicated his life to Firefighting and the Auburn Fire Department. He was first appointed as a firefighter in 1966. He became the first full time firefighter in Auburn when he was promoted to fire inspector in 1978. Roger was then appointed Lieutenant in 1982 and he became the first full time chief on January 1, 1987 and remained in that capacity until he retired in December of 2002. He remained involved in the Department as a scene photographer for many years. During his tenure, Roger established a working relationship with WPI that allowed students with fire service experience to man the West Auburn Station on West Street. He also served as the President of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts. Roger was also a founding member of Massachusetts Fire District 7. This organization is comprised of 32 communities that provide mutual aid deployment for "fires, rescues, and hazardous material mitigation." Roger was very involved with many aspects of the town of Auburn. He was a town meeting member and a member of the Charter Review Committee. He served as the Town's Emergency Management Director until 2015. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn, the Auburn Elks, the Tuttle Post American Legion, and the Auburn Rotary Club. Most recently Roger was the recipient of the John E. & Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award.

Since his retirement Roger could be found helping the people of Auburn at his son Matt's business, Bell's Lawn and Garden Center. Roger enjoyed golfing and participated in many leagues and tournaments throughout his life. Roger also loved fishing with his friends and grandchildren. Roger especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, Jacob and Brady, taking them on many road trips and adventures for Bell's Lawn and Garden. His granddaughter, Juliette, was one of the lights of his life.

The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, who took such amazing care of Roger from his first diagnosis in 1999 through his final weeks, especially Dr. Fisher, Michelle Walsh, and Melissa Houston, as well as the Roger the Dodger gang.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday May 27, 2016 in North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA 01501. Burial will follow with full military honors at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn, MA. Calling hours will be held at the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central St., Auburn, MA 01502 on Thursday May 26, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to the Auburn Firefighters Relief Fund or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main St., Canaan, CT 06018.

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Dearest Marion and family, please accept my very deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. I had the honor and privilege to know and care for Roger and his loss is heartfelt. I will miss his smile and the many stories he shared about all of his loves. I will always be on the lookout for his small bag of 50's and remember his great sense of humor. Much love and respect...Melissa Houston
Melissa Houston
May 29, 2016
Roger was a great man who did so much for so many. We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the Belhumeur family.
Ed and Ellie Oleson
May 27, 2016
So sorry for your loss Jeanne and Belhumeur family
May 26, 2016
Tip of the helmet to Chief Belhumeur who I had the honor to meet at DFS in January 2001. He loved Auburn and served everyone equally, with pride and integrity. May you rest in peace.
Lydia Bogar
May 26, 2016
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you from Austin, Texas.
Patricia Robinson-Rowan
May 26, 2016
Mary, we are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family - Jeanne and Joanne
May 26, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Belhumeur family. Chief Belhumeur was a good man and served our Town with dignity and grace.

Donna Bacon
Donna Bacon
May 26, 2016
Marion so sorry for your loss. Terry Piltzecker
May 25, 2016
Marion,Amy and Matt and families,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Roger was a great guy and friend to so many. Remembering our youth, and the Hutchings family across the street. Roger's dad and mom...such good memories. We extend our sincere sympathy to you all. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sincerely,
Jim & Kathie Tritone
May 25, 2016
So sorry to hear of your lost.
May Roger rest in peace.
David & Betty Benoit
May 25, 2016
Roger, Chief, good friend and advisor, we'll miss you.
Bill Kennedy
May 25, 2016
Rest in peace Chief Belhumeur. My sincerest sympathy to his family and friends.
Dianne Pedone
May 24, 2016
So sorry to read of Roger's passing.
Winnie (Burnham) Gallant
May 24, 2016
Matt and family, Roger was an amazing, kind hearted man. He set such a great example for so many by his actions. Our family was touched by his kindness and leadership while my son was in Troop 53. So many funny stories about cooking and "washing" dishes at Treasure Valley for Parents visiting day, the amazing trip he took the Troop on to the Grand Canyon. So many life lesson he taught the boys just by being the Good Man that he was. I am proud to say my Son, and the many boys in Troop 53 are all Good Men today because of the examples and kindness your Dad shared with them. May he rest in Peace with no more pain and your family find comfort in all the beautiful memories you shared together.
Susan Zammarelli McMahon and Family
May 24, 2016
Rest in peace friend. Your participation in oil burner issues was greatly appreciated by this fellow USAF veteran and teacher.
George Lanthier
May 24, 2016
So sorry for your loss.
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May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016
Nancy Dellaquila
May 24, 2016
To the family of Roger Belhumeu: I grew up in the same neighborhood as Roger, went to first grade at Boyce St. School with him. I can still picture him from that time. I also remember him well as Fire Chief. My heart goes out to all of you. Roger was very courageous in all aspects of his life. His service to Auburn will forever be his legacy, real, loyal Auburnite. Auburn is a great place to live, and Roger helped make it so. Although I can no longer live in Auburn, my heart is still there, and I thank Roger for his dedicated service. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Chris Miller, Millbury MA
May 24, 2016
From one veteran to another...Thank you for your service to your country as well as your community.
Lawrence Corbin
May 24, 2016
So sorry for your loss.
Jerry Fuller
May 24, 2016
Roger was such a kind and wonderful man with a warm and generous spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days.
Mark and Connie Eucker
May 24, 2016
It was an honor to have known him and to have learned from him. Thank you Chief.
Peter Martell
May 23, 2016
Chief, I'll miss your friendly smile, every time you would stop by for a coffee at DD drive thru,on James St. A true gentleman, who will be truly missed, by so many... love and prayers to your family ❤
Kim Ramm
May 23, 2016
I extend my most sincere condolences to Roger's entire family.
I can't remember when we first met, but I'm sure it was in prior to middle school.
Roger and I had many great times together while we were both active in the Pack and Troop 53 scouting programs. One of my most memorable times was when Roger and I disregarded July's over 90 degree temperatures and high humidity while we roto-tilled and cleared a flower garden that sits beside the walkway that leads from St. Joseph's church to the parking lot. We were both dripping wet when we were through, but we got it done. A few days later, the scouts planted flowers and ground cover. The garden is still there and blooms every year.
I also appreciate the many times that Roger helped with the Relay For Life of Auburn (now Central South County). In our first year we were struggling and he stepped in to give us a big boost with his contacts and ideas.
There were many other times that our paths crossed. He was always kind, considerate, and helpful.
I have lost a friend and the town and community has lost a true gentleman and advocate, but his memory and his actions will last long into the future.
I'm sure he has found the eternal peace he deserves.
Al Narris
May 23, 2016
Marion, so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you comfort through your memories and peace in the days to come. Donna (Robin)
May 23, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sadness. Roger will always have a place in our hearts and will never be forgotten. His children and grandchildren will carry on his legacy. Love and prayers to you all.
Helen Ethier
May 23, 2016
Our heartfelt thoughts are there with you, with deepest sympathy Anna and Richard Fleming
May 23, 2016