1935 – 2013
Woodstock – Richard Phaneuf, Sr., 77, of Ojala Rd., died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Matulaitis Nursing Home. He was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Boies )Phaneuf. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Laurence and Alice (LeClaire) Phaneuf and was a graduate of the Woodstock Academy class of 1953.
Mr. Phaneuf was a proud veteran of the Korean War serving with the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Phaneuf was employed as a mechanic at Louie’s Garage. After returning home from the Korean War he worked for his father’s plumbing and heating company prior to founding his own company, Rocky Hill Plumbing, Heating, and Electric.
Mr. Phaneuf enjoyed rebuilding tractors, hunting, fishing, and tinkering and fixing things, but, above all spending time at his camp that he built in Dexter, Maine,
Mr. Phaneuf was a member of the American Legion Post 111 in Woodstock, Putnam Fish and game, and in the 70’s and 80’s he was active in several local area Beagle Clubs.
In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by two sons, Richard Phaneuf and his wife Mary Ann of Woodstock, Raymond Phaneuf and his wife Carol of Woodstock, a daughter Lori Gaudette and her husband Armond of Brooklyn, a brother Bernard Phaneuf and his wife Janice of Woodstock, a sister Constance Black of East Hartford, two sister in laws Janet Phaneuf of Putnam and Esther Phaneuf of Woodstock, a step daughter Kathie Duke and her husband John of Gardner, MA, several grandchildren including Melanie and Holly, and several great grandchildren, and his special kitty Penelope
Richard is predeceased by two brothers Lawrence Phaneuf, Jr, and Robert Phaneuf and a sister Genevieve Phaneuf.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Richard’s family from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, followed by a funeral home service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to the Windham County 4H Camp, 326 Taft Pond Rd., Pomfret Center, CT 06259. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.