Pomfret Center – Richard “Dick” H. Jaquish, 76, of Brayman Hollow Rd. died peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was the loving husband of Julie (Pierce) Jaquish for 47 years. Born in Burlington, VT, he was the son of the late Harold and Pearl (Stone) Jaquish Boldosser and stepson to the late John Boldosser.
Dick was a graduate of the University of Montreal and Assumption College. He also attended the University of Louvain, Belgium. He was a guidance counselor for the Putnam Public School District for many years, a grant writer and yearbook advisor at Putnam High School, as well as CCD teacher at Most Holy Trinity. He spearheaded the Career Education movement in Northeast Connecticut and presented at many national conferences. He shared his love of history by working as a docent at Old Sturbridge Village. He was a member of the Foresters, enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing cards, and especially loved playing with his grandchildren. He was always smiling and had a kind word to share.
Dick is survived by his two daughters, Joanne Dursin and her husband Andre of Wakefield, RI and Erica Beeman and her husband Brent of Springfield, IL; his sister, Cheryl Cyr and her husband Allen of Lakewood, CO and his step-sister, Gerilyn “Geri” Pawlaczyk and her husband James of Westland MI; two beautiful grandchildren, Abigail Beeman and Theo Dursin; his mother in-law, Elizabeth Pierce, five brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Dick’s family on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in St. Philip the Apostle Church, 64 Pompey Hollow Rd, Ashford, CT. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Weston Priory, 58 Priory Hill Rd, Weston, VT 05161. For Memorial Guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.