1943 – 2017
Armand J. Latraverse Jr, 74, of Dayville, CT died unexpectedly August 26, 2017 at Yale New Haven hospital after a brief illness. Survived by his wife, Lois A. (Fournier) Latraverse of 52 years, two daughters, Lisa Suchy, her husband Greg who he considered his son, formerly of Willington, and Tina Haesche, her husband Richard of Chaplin, CT, and four adored grandchildren, Ryan and Renee Suchy and Lucy and Zoe Haesche, who knew him as Poppy.
Born in Woonsocket, RI Armand was the son of the late, Armand Sr. and Lillian (Deslauriers) Latraverse. Raised in Uxbridge MA, he graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Milford Ma and went onto East Coast Aero Tech, Bedford MA to further his love of airplanes. Armand was employed for 39 years at Pratt & Whitney working in a variety of capacities in the Experimental Assembly Lab and retiring from the Instrumental Lab in 2002. His extensive experience and attention to fine details extended his employment for another 3 years part time at Pratt & Whitney and he fully retired in 2005.
Armand raised his family in Enfield, CT for 26 years coaching his daughters in sports and making lifetime friends. In planning for retirement, Lois and Armand bought a home on beautiful Lake Alexander in Dayville where they have lived for the past 24 years. Armand travelled after retirement enjoying the company of his immediate and extended family on adventures in Europe, Canada, Costa Rica and many beautiful places within this country. He loved his boats (sailing first and then pontoon), fishing, and enjoying lake activities with his children and grandchildren. He was a gardener, avid cook, tool man, fixer of all things, and engineer at heart. He was a lifetime lover of learning, always listening to a new book, trying new hobbies including panning for gold, teaching his girls to fish, golf, tennis and, in retirement, photography.
Armand was a quiet, strong, positive presence in his family’s life and will be missed by all who knew him. We know his journey will continue and we hope he will guide us here in ours as well until we meet him again.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Armand’s Family on Thursday August 31, 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon in the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT followed by his Funeral Service at 12:00 noon in the funeral home. Memorial Donations may be made to Day Kimball Hospital Oncology Department, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For Memorial Guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com