Rudolph DesRoches

Rudolph M DesRoches

Friday, December 6th, 1929 - Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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Rudolph M. DesRoches, 90, of Windsor Locks, beloved husband of 59 years to the late Lola P. (Lavoie) DesRoches, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 6, 2020, with his family nearby. Rudolph was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Bridgeport, the son of the late Emile and Alice (Drouin) DesRoches.
Rudy enjoyed the outdoors. In his early years, he excelled at scouting, rising to the level of Eagle Scout. Rudy proudly served his country in the United States Army, serving as Corporal during the Korean War. He served as a Firefighter for the town of West Hartford for 31 years, retiring as Lieutenant. He became the WHFD’s historian, compiling the complete works of the fire department found in the West Hartford library today. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed tending to “his birds”. Rudy was a devoted Catholic and long-time member of St. Robert Bellarmine church where he served as Eucharistic minister for many years. He was a long time member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Knights of Columbus.
Rudy’s family was everything to him. He is survived by his children, Sharon Moore and her husband, Bill, of Newington, Steven and his wife Terri (Bruner) of Tolland, Paul and his wife Christine (Doherty) of East Windsor, Gina Maliga and her husband, Garry, of Suffield, Mary Breault and her husband, Jim, of East Hartford, Tom and his wife Mary (LeBel) of Windsor Locks; his grandchildren, Julie, Seth and his wife Michelle, Scott and his wife Lacey, Emily, Stephanie and her husband Ian, Alyssa and her husband Colin, Taylor, Ryan and his wife Ashley, Meg, Henri and Roy; and his great grandchildren, Rebecca, James, Lily, Madelyn, Norabelle, Anastasia, and Everett, and his close cousins, Joseph and his wife Cathy.
There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Rudy at 10 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 52 S. Elm St., Windsor Locks. Burial with military honors will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit
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  • Visitation

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Robert Bellarmine Church
    52 South Elm St
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery, Windsor Locks
    Spring St.
    Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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WEST HARTFORD FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION. LOCAL 124 sent flowers to the family of Rudolph M DesRoches.
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Don Dubuque

Posted at 06:36pm
My wife and I live in the same neighborhood as Rudy. We met Rudy while walking our dogs and over the years we frequently stopped to talk with Rudy, while our dogs enjoyed his many flavored treats. It was our pleasure and honor to get to know Rudy during this time. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. During our many conversations with him it was explicitly clear just how proud he was of his family, and how much he loved each and every one of them. He was a proud American who served his country and community with commitment and courage. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to have gotten to know him, and appreciate him. We wish his family, loved ones, and friends the very deepest of sympathy for Rudy's passing. I know that it is frequently said that we are better people today because of our connection to someone, but it has never been more appropriately said than when it is said about Rudy. We are all truly blessed. We all know that heaven is a better place today, with Rudy reunited with Lola.

Rhonda Dyttmer

Posted at 05:18pm
To Rudy's family,
I am so sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. I've only been Rudy's neighbor for a few years now but it was obvious that he was clearly a wonderful man, neighbor and friend. I will always remember him for his kindness and wit and thoroughly enjoyed our talks about his days at the fire department and raising his family in town. It was quite obvious that he loved his family deeply and unconditionally by his stories. I know that no words can ease your hurting, but at this time, I hope that your life with such a fantastic man gives you some measure of comfort.
Wishing you peace during this difficult time.
In Sympathy...... Rhonda Dyttmer (Neighbor)


Posted at 12:18pm
Sorry for you loss.
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Kathleen Polkey

Posted at 03:15pm
Uncle Rudy will be missed by many. His pride and love of his family was his greatest joy. He has journeyed home and is now with Aunt Lola. To my cousins, I share in your sadness. God bless and love.💐

Sara cook

Posted at 08:09pm
I’m so sorry! He will be missed! ❤️❤️❤️❤️💈❤️❤️❤️❤️

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