Richard "Brig" P. Brouillard,
79, of Brooklyn beloved husband of Theresa (Gorman) Brouillard, passed
away Friday, (December 31, 2004) with his family by his side. He was
born on January 20, 1925 in Danielson, the son of Rosalba and Joseph
Brouillard. He graduated from St. James School in 1938, Killingly High
School in 1942 and the New Bedford Textile Institute in 1953.
his country honorably for three years during World War II on active
duty with the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, serving in the European Theatre of Operations.
his wife of 52 years, the former Theresa Gorman of Brooklyn on June
He began employment with the American Thread Company in Willimantic
in June of 1953 in corporate research. He was named Assistant Super-intendent
of the Filament Synthetic Division in 1965, a position he held until
the close of the Willimantic plant in 1985.
He then became employed
by the Judicial Department of the State of CT, Family Services Unit,
as a support investigator, a position he held until his retirement in
life was characterized by his devotion to his family and community.
He gave countless hours of his time to various organizations. He was
one of the founders of the Brooklyn Little League, served on the
Brooklyn Board of Education for many years serving as its chairman
and also as a member of two school building committees.
also a member of the Brooklyn [CT] Board of Finance. He was chairman
of the Brooklyn Democratic Town Committee for 25 years, one of the
longest serving tenures in Connecticut politics. He was also a
member of the Democratic State Central Committee from the 35th
honored in 1996 by being chosen as a presidential elector, casting
one of CT's eight electoral votes for President Clinton.
also a member of the Danielson Federal Savings and Loan Association
Board of Directors for 20 years and served as a trustee of Our Lady
of LaSalette Church in Brooklyn for 35 years.
resided for 52 years on Barrett Hill Road in Brooklyn where he
raised his four children, who survive him: Mark and his wife, Donna
of Brooklyn, Kevin and his wife,
Elizabeth of Niantic, Eileen and her husband, Bruce Strouse of wife,
Thera of Watertown, MA.
also survived by his five beloved grandchildren, Justin of Boston,
MA, Shayna of New York City, NY, Leslie of Brooklyn, Angus of
Watertown, and Riley of Niantic. He was also predeceased by five
brothers, Ernest, Euclide, Al-phege, Raoul, Lucien "Lou", Ovide; and
two sisters, Eva and Annette Theroux.
Throughout his personal and professional life, he was loved and
respected as a kind and fair-minded man who always put the interests
of others before his own.
from Tillinghast Funeral Home, 433 Main Street, Danielson on
Wednesday at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10
a.m. in Our Lady of LaSalette Church, Brooklyn. Burial will be in
Holy Cross Cemetery, Danielson [CT] with Full Military Honors.
hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-9
p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Our
Lady of LaSalette Church, 25 Providence Road, Brooklyn, CT 06234.
[Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, Monday Jan 3, 2005, Main Edition,
Richard was interred
in Section E, Lot 17, Grave 6, Holy Cross Cemetery, Danielson
He registered for the
draft on 20 Jan 1943 and enlisted in the Army at Hartford, CT on 27
SSgt Brouillard was
transferred from 82nd Airborne Division to Hq 2nd, 508 PIR on 27
decorations include the Good Conduct Medal.