1924 – 2014
Putnam – Gerard “Joe” Bousquet, 89, of Maynard Street, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of Sylvia (Letendre) Bousquet for 55 years. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Wilheminia (Bourdia) Bousquet.
Mr. Bousquet attended St. Joseph School in N. Grosvenordale and then graduated from New England Technical School. He was drafted soon after he turned 18 by the United States Army. At the age of 20, and as a Rifleman with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division invaded Normandy on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, “D-Day.” He then served in the drive across Europe including, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Germany culminating in the ultimate German surrender on May 8, 1945, earning him a Silver Star decoration. After being honorably discharged, he and his wife owned and operated Joe’s Oil for 28 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #67 in Grosvenordale, Albert J. Breault VFW Post #1523, Fourth Degree Knight of The Knights of Columbus Cargill Council #64 where he ran the Knights of Columbus Golf League and was the Chairman for the Annual Christmas Giving Appeal for several years. He was an avid golfer and loved Boston sports, especially the Red Sox. He was also a fan of UConn Basketball. He and his family spent many summers enjoying their cottage at Quaddick Lake. He was well known for his sense of humor and especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Gerard is survived by his son, Wilfred G. Bousquet and his wife Fran of Putnam; his daughters, Suzanne Bousquet and her spouse Lisa Carrara of Wallingford, CT, and Leona McKay and her husband Jim of Manchester, CT; and his grandchildren, Stephanie and Brittany Bousquet, and Emily and Kenneth McKay.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Gerard’s family from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, May 23, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus Annual Giving Appeal, 68 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260. For guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com