West Thompson- Normand R. Langlois, 87, of Church Street., died Tuesday, March 29, at home after a short illness. He was born in North Grosvenor Dale, the son of Willie and Anaïs (Martin) Langlois, both immigrants from Quebec.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Loretta (Vadnais) Langlois, he leaves three sons: Richard (Deborah Savage) of Columbia; Marc (Craig Mathis) of Ann Arbor, MI; and Michael (Elena Berry) of Winchester, MA. He also leaves a brother, Joseph, of North Grosvenor Dale. He was predeceased by two other brothers, Maurice and Roger, and two sisters, Annette Brousseau and Charlotte Gwizdala.
A veteran of World War II, Normand saw action with the 945th Field Artillery Battalion in Patton’s Third Army in France and Germany. He served as a line runner, whose dangerous job it was to string communications cable to artillery look-out posts. After the war he worked principally as a truck driver, at various times hauling oil, concrete products, and steel. He was active in the Boys Scouts in the 1960s and 1970s, from whom he received the Bronze Pelican Award for service. He was also a founding member of VFW Post 10088 in Quinebaug.
Normand continued to enjoy the open road after he retired, exploring the byways of the Northeast with his wife. Also an avid fly fisherman, he could be seen as recently as last summer wading in the Quinebaug River above the West Thompson Dam. But his passion was his family, and his favorite role in retirement was that of a doting pépère to his five grandchildren: Zachary, 21; Anaïs (Annie), 17; Noah, 15; and twins Christopher and Abigail, 11.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Normand’s family from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday March 31, 2011 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., North Grosvenor Dale, CT. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 10:00am on Friday April 1, 2011 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenor Dale. Burial will be private. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com