Putnam – Theodore J. Messier, Sr. (also known as Ted or T.J.), 100, formerly of Addison St., died Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Westview Healthcare Center. He was the loving husband of the late Lillian M. (Briere) Messier for 74 years. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Eli and Antonia (Dragon) Messier.
Ted worked as a foreman at Pratt & Whitney, a shift manager at Putnam Woolen, and a manager at Ace Cleaners and Putnam Laundry. He was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary Church of the Visitation. Ted enjoyed fishing, hunting, baseball and served as Scout Leader for Boy Scout Troop 21. He was a Fourth Degree and very active member of Cargill Council 64, Knights of Columbus. He served as its Financial Treasurer for 39 years as well as past Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator. He was honored to serve as a District Deputy for the Connecticut Knights of Columbus.
Ted (T.J.) is survived by his son, Robert R. Messier and his wife Dolores of Ellington, CT; his daughter, Carol A. Rodriquez of Ann Arbor, MI; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 4 great great-grandchildren; his sisters, Theresa McQueeney of Newington, CT and Rita Hood of E. Hartford. He is predeceased by his son, Theodore J. Messier, Jr. and his brothers Louis, Lionel and Antonio Messier.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ted’s family from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015 followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church of the Visitation. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.