obit pg 6 6-30-22

PUTNAM — Richard Tremblay, 75, of Putnam died June 19, 2022, at home from natural causes. Richard was born in 1947, in Ware, Mass., the son of the late Edmond Joseph Tremblay and Marguerite Marie (Desaulniers) Tremblay. He was predeceased by his sister Dianne Louise Richard (Tremblay) and her husband William Richard.
Richard was a graduate of Putnam High School and Ellis Technical School for his electrical training. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970 and was a self-employed E-1 electrical contractor for over 35 years. Richard was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.
He leaves his dearest wife of more than 51 years, Dianne; his daughters, Christine Parente (Lee) and Cheryl Passeri (Mark); grandchildren Olivia, Lauren and Nicholas Parente and Ryan and Juliet Burdick.
Richard and Dianne enjoyed traveling the world and the U.S., including many of the National Parks; his favorite was Waimea Canyon State Park in Hawaii. He equally enjoyed impromptu driving trips with Dianne to “nowhere”. Richard enjoyed fresh and saltwater fly fishing, hunting, metal detecting, prospecting for gold (he even found some), trap & skeet shooting, extreme camping in northern Canada, award-winning photography, Photoshop projects and dollar-bill origami that he adored giving to wait staff, strangers and children wherever he went. One of his greatest joys was playing Santa for more than 40 years for the St. Onge, Champany and Abt families and the St. Mary’s pre-school children. Richard was a member of the VFW Putnam Post 1523, The Backsliders, Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers (RISA), CONN/RI Coastal Fly Fishers, Pomfret Rod & Gun Club, Disabled American Veterans and the NRA and was a volunteer for Project Healing Waters in South Florida.
Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. June 30 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. July 1 a gathering will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary Church, 218 Providence St., Putnam, at 11 a.m.
Donations: Mayotte-Viens American Legion Post #13, PO Box 123, Putnam, CT 06260 or The Marine Toys for Tots Program


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