1933 – 2016
Danielson – Richard “Dick” B. Bourque, 83, of Robertson Ave, died Thursday September 1, 2016 in Pine Grove Health Center in Pascoag, RI. He was the loving husband of the late Edith Elizabeth “Betty” (Swanson) Bourque. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Achilles and Maude (Blackmer) Bourque.
Mr. Bourque joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and served in Europe primarily in Italy.
He worked for many years as a engineering assistant at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford testing jet engines here and abroad until his retirement in 1992. Prior to his retirement Dick earned his pilot’s license and was President of the EEA Vintage Aircraft Association and was instrumental in the Young Eagles Program in Glastonbury and Danielson. Later, he went to Ellis Tech to study in the Aviation Program where he honed his skills to refurbish his second Stinson airplane. Dick also enjoyed playing in card tournaments, was an avid reader and a great gardener. His yard was front page news twice in local papers. He earned his Master Gardener Certificate and won many best in show and blue ribbons for his flowers and vegetables.
Dick was a man of many talents and interests who was not afraid to live on his own terms. He will be missed for his generosity, sense of humor, awful puns and his many running conversations in various accents.
Dick is survived by two daughters Cassandra Mantoni and her husband Ronald of Danielson and Robin Simmons and her husband Billy of East Monroe, LA; a brother Achilles Bourque and his wife Eileen of Putnam; three sisters Priscilla Williams and her husband Grady “Speedy” of Bessemer City, NC, Barbara Davis, and Mary Jane Eudy and her husband Martin both of Gastonia, NC; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter Susan Bourque on April 22, 1996.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Dick’s family from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home on Wednesday September 7, 2016 at 10:00AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in Grove Street Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.