Roger Bousquet

Roger Bousquet

Thursday, August 19th, 1954 Monday, April 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Roger George Bousquet Jr.

Roger G. Bousquet, Jr., 65, of East Hartford, entered into eternal rest, at home on Monday, April 20, 2020. Born in Hartford on August 19, 1954, he was the beloved son of the late Roger and Irene Bousquet of Enfield.
Roger is survived by his brothers, James Bousquet and his wife Linda of Enfield, and Joseph Bousquet and his wife Tammie of Somers; his sisters, Deborah Roy and her husband Allen of Niceville, FL, and Michelle Connors and her husband Michael of Cary, NC. Roger was an enormously generous and loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews: Aimee and Tracy Bousquet; Jeffrey and Seth Roy, and Michael and Michaela Connors, and recently a great-nephew, Hunter Meacham. Roger often demonstrated his good sense of humor and fun-loving nature to his nieces and nephews by offering the most fun - and more often than not, the loudest - toys. Roger always had a special knack for giving thoughtful and meaningful gifts which demonstrated well his affection to every recipient. Never did he show up to anyone’s home without a beautiful bouquet, or a bottle of wine, or a bag of treats or a basket of vegetables. Never did he leave that you didn’t feel richer for his having come.
Though Roger never married, he was loved deeply by those who knew him. Roger was affable and easily made friends – of his own accord, but also was often adopted as ‘uncle’ to many whom he came to know through his siblings and niece. He was an essential presence at every family gathering, holiday, birthday or celebration.
Roger had a long career as a Quality Process Inspector for Pratt and Whitney. He started working there in 1973 at the age of nineteen and advanced in position several times in his long tenure there. His work family will long feel the effects of his contributions to the company as a mentor, a team leader and a professional. Roger was in no hurry to retire; he enjoyed his work and understood its value and its place in his life. His career at Pratt & Whitney spanned forty-six years demonstrating a kind of loyalty and dedication that is rarely achieved in today’s climate. His leadership skills were also put to good use for many years of service with positions on his Condo Association Board as well.
Roger also had a profound interest in astronomy and space exploration. His career in the aircraft industry fed and informed his curiosity about the history and advances in space technology. He fostered that in others by gifting to many a telescope so they could share in that wonder and knowledge. In addition to his technical interests, Roger was also fond of gardening and tended his own plot in a community garden, a passion he shared with his brothers. Producing beautiful vegetables was a badge of honor he wore well, and rather than proclaiming bragging rights, it fostered camaraderie and an exchange of better growing techniques among them so they could enjoy the spoils of each other’s labors. His affinity for gardening married well with his love for the sun! Roger’s favorite leisure time would place him at the pool or the beach, basking in the warm rays and achieving that golden brown-bear-look we all equate with his smiling face.
Due to restrictions in place relative to the coronavirus pandemic, services and burial will be private at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. A celebration of Roger’s life will be planned for later in the year when it is deemed safe to gather. Please sign the online guestbook if you would like to be notified of the date. We encourage and thank you to leave your memories of Roger with us in the online portal as well.

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Dawn Loftus

To Roger's family-we were very sad about Roger's passing. He was a huge part of our community and we have known him for many years. As President of our Association, he volunteered his time and did more for our Condo Community than anyone! We will miss seeing him down at the pool and having long, fun talks about his garden, the best sales of the week, and the things that were being done in our community. He also spoke fondly of his family and we were able to see how important they were in his life. We will also miss listening to music on his boom box. He was always doing things to make our community even better, and expected absolutely nothing in return. He was just proud to be a part of it, and we were so very lucky to have him as our President. It is going to be very very difficult without him this Summer and in the future. We will miss you, Roger. We are blessed to have known you and to have had you as a friend.
Comment | Posted at 12:44pm via Condolence

Mike and Laura Bowers

To Roger’s Family and Friends
It was a shock to hear of Roger’s passing last month. We have known him for years. He was at our wedding in 1982. One of the nicest guys to have known and a friend to everyone he met. He will be missed but always remembered. Peace be with you Roger.
Comment | Posted at 06:16pm via Condolence

Scott Testori

I worked with Roger back in the early eighties, and then when I came back to Pratt as a yellow badge, he was one of the first ones I saw and talked with almost every day. Still was the same as forty years ago - refreshing. Will miss him.
Comment | Posted at 03:39pm via Condolence

Mike Brouillette

Sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Reading all of these was a walk down memory lane. There are some people you remember from years ago while I never spoke to him after school I always had good memories of playing basketball with him. Giving up the ball for others to shoot. You knew back then he was a great person
Comment | Posted at 08:37am via Condolence

Dawn O'Shea

So sorry to hear of Roger's padding we will miss him and his brown bear glow at the pool this summer....he was always so sweet to our little girls
Comment | Posted at 08:47am via Condolence

Dawn O'Shea

Passing....not padding....ugh
Posted at 08:48am

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