Grosvenordale – Roger Blain, 89, of Blain Road, died Friday March 21, 2008 at home. He was the beloved husband of the late Fleurette L. (Gendreau) Blain. Born in New Bedford, MA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elise (Goyette) Blain.
Mr. Blain was the Valedictorian, Class of 1937 at Tourtellotte Memorial High School. He owned and operated R. Blain Oil Company and later worked in the accounting department at American Optical until he retired. He was communicant and volunteer of St. Joseph’s Church. He was a member of St. Bernard Council 2087 Knights of Columbus in North Grosvenordale and the American-French Genealogical Society. He was a volunteer fire fighter with the Community Fire Company for many years and served on the Board as Treasurer. He enjoyed playing cards especially cribbage, gardening and socializing.
He is survived by three sons, Joseph Maurice Blain and his wife Cynthia of Taunton, MA, Michel Blain of Palmetto, FL and Paul Blain of Grosvenordale; a daughter, Janet Keohane and her husband Daniel of Princeton, MA; a brother, Roland Blain of Worcester; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Romeo Blain.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Roger’s family from 5:00 to 8:00pm, Tuesday March 25, 2008 in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. A gathering will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday March 26, 2008 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Joseph Church, 20 Main St., N. Grosvenordale. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Fire Company, P.O. Box 874, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255.