1935 – 2018
Killingly- formerly of Putnam, Theodore A. “Ted” Bazinet, 83, passed away at his home on Monday, July 23, 2018. He was the loving husband of Lorraine (Lamoureux) Bazinet for 57 years. They were united together in marriage on October 15, 1960. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Theodore and Doris (Favreau) Bazinet.
Ted served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. After basic training and schooling, he was transferred to Wiesbaden, Germany where he was stationed at the Wiesbaden Hospital for one year. He then transferred to Evreux, France for two years. His three years spent in Europe gave him the taste of Europe and vowed when he got married he would take his wife there. He kept his promise and took Lorraine to Europe on eight different trips traveling through 22 European countries with Paris being their favorite city as they visited there five times. They also embarked on 29 cruises covering most of the Caribbean Islands, Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Bermuda, South Pacific Islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, & Tahiti.
When in the military, he was on the base softball team travelling to several countries to compete. Once back home, Ted enjoyed playing on the Putnam softball league for many years. His interest then went to landscaping his property, woodworking, and traveling. Buying a home in Sarasota, FL in 2004, they enjoyed their winters there for 11 years before Ted got sick.
After returning from the military, Ted went to Putnam Technical studying mechanical drawing. He then went on to work for 20 years at National Chrome in Putnam and then went to work at Kaman Aerospace as group leader in the process department, retiring after 18 years in 1998. Before retiring from Kaman, he was awarded the “Silver Snoopy Award” by NASA. This award was presented to Ted by astronaut William G. Gregory who flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1995. The Silver Snoopy flew in space on STS mission 56 on April 1993. These awards are given to fewer than one percent of the aerospace program workforce annually. Ted was pretty proud of this award. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #13.
In addition to his wife, Ted is survived by his sister, Rachael Morin of Putnam; his brother, Robert Bazinet of Woodstock, CT; many nephews and nieces. Also surviving are his long time best friends, Peter and Betty Aucoin and family who were always there for all of the good times and bad times, happy times and sad times. Ted is predeceased by his parents; and sisters, Theresa Staples, Florence Berube and Jane Mowry. A special thank you to Dr. Anwar and staff, and to Dr. Gerry Sullivan for making Ted’s last three years as comfortable as possible.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ted’s family from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday July 27, 2018 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, CT. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Day Kimball Hospital Oncology Department, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.