Thompson – Robert Durocher, 64, of Fernwood Ave., died Thursday, January 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family following a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Born in Worcester, on December 22, 1949, he was the son of the late Arthur and Stella (Brzuch) Durocher. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Bob attended St. Joseph’s High School in North Grosvenordale and earned an Associate’s Degree at Nichols College. He served in the Army during The Vietnam War. A lifelong Thompson resident, Bob was an active member for many years with the Knights of Columbus as well as the American Legion.
Bob had a passion for golf and enjoyed playing whenever possible. He played for the Plainfield Men’s Golf League for many years. In his youth he enjoyed watersports of any kind while living on Quaddick Lake. He loved teaching his daughters and neighborhood kids how to ski and was known for some pretty exciting tube rides. Bob and Kristine liked to take day trips in the convertible to which he coined the term “convertibling”. He also volunteered as an assistant T-Ball coach for the Thompson Little League. He greatly enjoyed taking his grandson Jackson on fishing trips and watching his granddaughter Gabriella dance. His grandchildren will miss the magical quarters that he pulled from their ears. He had a sense of humor that could not be matched and left an impression wherever he went.
He was a salesman through and through, working for over 30 years in sales and brokering to the manufacturing and tool industry. He prided himself on owning his own business for several of those years. In his final years he worked for Jolley Concrete. Bob loved working with people and formed many great friendships through his work endeavors.
Despite all of his professional success, Bob’s proudest accomplishment was always his family. He is survived by his wife, Kristine, of 40 years. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his two daughters, Heather (Durocher) Santos and her husband, Brian, and Jennifer (Durocher) Cafasso and her husband, Joseph; 2 grandchildren Jackson and Gabriella Santos; brother Arthur Durocher and countless friends who will miss Bob dearly but consider themselves incredibly fortunate to have known him.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Bob’s family from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St. Putnam. A Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 am, on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at the Putnam Baptist Church, 170 Church Street, Putnam. At the request of the family, donations may be made to two institutions: ECHO (Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology) Cancer Foundation 330 Washington Street, Suite 220, Norwich, CT 06360 and/or Backus Hospital Cancer Center -www.backushospital.org. For a memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com