1952 – 2019
Thompson – Catherine (LaRoche) Thomas, 67, of School St., passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Day Kimball Hospital. Born in Putnam, and a life long resident of Thompson, she was the daughter of the late Donat and Constance (Borse) LaRoche.
Ms. Thomas was a student at Annhurst College and a graduate of Nichols College. She worked as an accountant for Davis Publication in Worcester, MA. Catherine was the Town Chairman for the Thompson Democratic Town Committee for 40 years and was a member of the Thompson Recreation Committee for 30 years. She received the 2019 Ella Grasso Women’s Leadership Award.
She enjoyed going to concerts, making frequent day trips to the beach in the summer and vacationing in Kittery, Maine. Catherine was an avid Yankees Fan and loved the Red Sox rivalry with her friends.
Catherine is survived by her brother, Paul LaRoche of N. Grosvenordale; and several close friends, Larry and Erica Groh, Ken Beausoleil, Cindy Dunne, Renee Waldron, Paul, Jeanne and Diane Dery, the William’s Family, Donna, Doug, Don and Laura and Lynn and Al Landry. She maintained a consistent relationship with all the members of the Thompson Democratic Town Committee.
Catherine will be truly missed by all who loved her leadership, spirit and humanity.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Catherine’s family from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday December 4, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to T.E.E.G., P.O. Box 664, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.