Webster, MA / Putnam, CT – Maurice J. Cloutier, 82, of Colonial Rd., formerly of Putnam, CT, died Sunday, January 20, 2013. He was the loving husband of Pauline V. (Lavallee) Cloutier for 57 years. Born in Webster, MA, he was the son of the late Leon C. and Eliza M. (Bernier) Cloutier.
Mr. Cloutier served his country during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Assumption Preparatory School, Assumption College, and went on to earn his Master’s Degree from Middlebury College. He was a French teacher for Putnam High School for 35 years. After he retired he worked as a substitute teacher for 15 years for both Putnam High and Woodstock Academy culminating his 50 year teaching career. He was a member of the National Education Association, the Putnam Education Association, and life member of the American Association of Teachers of French and the Connecticut Education Association; he was the Putnam High School Year Book Advisor for 25 years and served on the Board of Trustees for Annhurst School of Music. A communicant of St. Mary Church of the Visitation, he was an active member of the church including singing in the choir, volunteering for Nocturnal Adoration and serving on the St Mary School Board of Education. He was a member of the Albert J. Breault V.F.W. Post 529, and of L’Union Ste Jean Baptiste. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren on Webster Lake.
In addition to his wife, Maurice is survived by his sons, Maurice L. Cloutier, his wife Denise of Hamden, CT., and Paul Cloutier, his wife Kathy of Quinebaug CT.; his daughters, Deborah Babcock, her partner Todd Lee of Newton, MA, and Gloria Prunier, her husband Raymond of Merrimack, NH; his sister, Shirley Armendo of Worcester, Ma; and ten loving grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Maurice’s family from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 25, 2012 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin at the funeral home at 9:30 am Saturday, January 26, 2013 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Mary Church, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Webster, MA. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.