1937 – 2011
Grosvenordale – Clarence F. Deslauriers, 73, Rachel Drive, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He was the loving husband of Theresa Deslauriers for 53 years. Born in Webster, MA, he was the son of the late Raymond and Florestine (Mainville) Deslauriers.
Mr. Deslauriers worked as a supervisor in the gloss department of American Standard in Plainfield for over 30 years. He later worked as a supply handler for Crabtree & Evelyn. With his wife Theresa and family, Clarence owned and operated Wings and Things pet store in Grosvenordale where they specialized in tropical fish and raising birds.
Mr. Deslauriers was a lifetime member of the Thompson Little League where he volunteered as a coach, team manager and the concession manager and served as the league vice president and on the board of directors for over a decade. He was instrumental in helping to develop the athletic fields on Red Bridge Road. He also volunteered for his son’s Boy Scout Troop. Clarence enjoyed making crafts, models, and puzzles and enjoyed attending hot air balloon festivals. In 2007, Clarence achieved a lifelong dream on his 50th wedding anniversary by his son’s taking him and his entire family to Disney World.
In addition to his loving wife, Clarence is survived by his three sons, Norman Deslauriers and his wife Lynn of North Grosvenordale; Bernard Deslauriers and his wife Elaine of Thompson, and Thomas Deslauriers Sr. and his wife Alicia of Putnam; four brothers, Lucien Deslauriers of Escondido, CA, Edgar Deslauriers of Putnam, Richard Deslauriers of St. Petersburg, FL, and Donald Deslauriers of Fabyan; a step brother Leonard Guertin of Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Holly, Kevin, Nicole, Tom Jr., Katlyn, and Sherry; a great grandson, Tyler; and his beloved dog Ginger.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Clarence’s family from 4:00 to 7:00pm, Sunday March 27, 2011 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale CT. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 9:00am on Monday March 28, 2011 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com
Memorial donations, may be made to the Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or to Day Kimball Home Care, P.O. Box 6006, Putnam, CT 06260.