1948 – 2020
Thompson, CT – Robert “Bobby” Durand, 71, of Rachel Dr, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Webster, MA, he was the son of the late Albert and Anna (Blanchette) Durand.
Mr. Durand was a veteran of the United States Army having served as a cook during the Vietnam War. He was a prep-cook and waiter at the Provincial House of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. He had a passion for refinishing antique furniture and for a time had a business in Thompson. Holidays weren’t the only time you’d find Bobby in the kitchen…..cooking, baking, canning, you name it he’d be doing it! He totally enjoyed playing the piano and especially loved to dance. If there was a beat Bobby was moving to it. He also very much enjoyed crocheting, making hats and booties for his nieces and nephews. Needlepoint, flower gardening, and vegetable gardening were also much-loved hobbies for him!
Bobby is survived by his brothers, Ronald Durand and Richard Durand; his sisters, Constance Durand, Georgette Menzone, Susan Durand, Jeanne Gendreau, and Sandra Krogul. He was predeceased by his siblings, the late Lucienne Kaleszewski, Rene Durand, Dennis Durand and Katherine Gunderson. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, including quite a few great-nieces and nephews. Bobby was especially fond of Ken Barylski and Missy Desrochers.
Services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman & Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory, 23 Main St, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.