1946 – 2011
Putnam – Steve Bousquet, 64, passed away on May 17, 2011 at Mass General Hospital following a short, but courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Steve was born in Putnam on June 23, 1946, the son of the late Gerard and Myrtle Bousquet. He graduated from Putnam High School in 1964 where he was a four-sport athlete. He graduated from UConn with a degree in Political Science and Economics in 1970.
Following graduation, Steve taught for a short period at St. James School in Danielson. He served in the CT National Guard. In 1975, Steve established Bousquet’s Appliance and TV store with locations initially in Putnam, and later in Danielson. Steve successfully operated this business for over 35 years and had a significant impact on local communities. He was a member of the Snake Meadow Fishing and Hunting Club, Valley Springs Sportsman’s Club, the Putnam Elks, the Downtown Danielson Business Association, and the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. He served as an Alderman for the Town of Putnam, and was a current member of the Putnam Recreation Commission. Steve was generous and kind, always willing to help someone in need. He was a philanthropist, well known for his support of local causes, some of which included St. Mary’s Church, Troop D in Danielson, the Congregational Church of Putnam, the local woman’s shelter, St. James, QVCC, and Day Kimball Hospital Golf Tournaments, the Senior Center in Danielson, and raised money for the earthquake victims in Haiti. In 2010, Steve received the “Paul Harris Distinguished Citizen of the Year” award from the Rotary Club. He was also recognized as the “Northeast CT Humanitarian of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce, “2010 Citizen of the Year” by the Putnam Grange, among many other community service awards including the Lions Club from both Putnam and Danielson. He made our community a better place.
Throughout his life, Steve enjoyed many outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, gardening, and time spent on Quaddick Lake. He loved nature, especially the spring when he would spend countless hours planting flowers. One of Steve’s favorite pastimes was co-hosting the “Remember When” segment on WINY Radio on Friday mornings. He also loved his annual fishing trips to New York for salmon as well as occasional trips to Saratoga, and the Kentucky Derby. Throughout the years, Steve enjoyed many vacations with his family, whom he loved dearly.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kay, and his two children Jennifer Weeks and her husband Matthew of Burlington, CT, and Jeffrey Bousquet and his fiancé Kalin Borner, of Putnam. In addition to his wife and children, Steve is survived by his sister Geraldine Tetreault of Fort Myers, FL; his brother, Michael and his wife Judy of New Bedford, NH; and his brother David and his wife Tina of Brooklyn, CT; his sister in- law Sue Gardner and her husband William of Columbia, CT, and his sister in-law Ruth Lee and her husband Wallace of Newtown, CT. Steve has numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends who will remember him forever.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Steve’s family from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, May 23, 2011 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in the Congregational Church of Putnam, 175 Main St, Putnam, CT followed by burial in the Grove Street Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Putnam High School Scholarship Fund, in care of Putnam Bank, 40 Main Street, Putnam, CT 06260; or to the Congregational Church of Putnam, P.O. Box 463, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guest book, please visit GilmanAndValade.com.