Roger R. Lagasse | Republican-American
SOUTHINGTON – Roger Roland Lagasse, widower of Thérèse Lucile Duval, passed away peacefully at the Southington Care Center surrounded by his family.
Born in Roxton Falls, Upton, Quebec, Canada, Roger was the son of Honoré Étienne Lagasse and Annette Blanche Baril. The family moved to Waterbury in 1937 and lived on South Main Street. Communicating from St. Anne’s Church in Waterbury, Roger attended the former St. Anne Parish School and Leavenworth High Schools before enlisting in the US Navy on December 7, 1948. He served aboard the US Navy. USS Newport News (CA-148) from 1949 to 1952, winning the Navy Occupation Service Medal for periods of service in Europe. A graduate of the US Naval Electrician’s Mate School at the US Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, he obtained the rank of Electrician’s Mate, First Class, before being honorably discharged on November 21, 1952.
After his service in the Navy, Roger became an apprentice carpenter and was an active member of the local Union of Carpenters in Waterbury. In addition to practicing his profession, he formed two business partnerships with his sisters, Jannette Stevens and Bella Nadeau, owning and managing several multi-family homes on South Main Street in Waterbury.
Roger enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with Thérèse gardening, hiking, biking, camping and sailing, activities that brought him great joy. With his brother-in-law, Ralph Stevens, he embarked on many sailing adventures. A notable journey began as a race from Connecticut to Bermuda on a rather small trimaran. The boat was rendered unusable during a storm, leaving them adrift at sea, but ended well with a Coast Guard rescue in Hamilton, Bermuda. Intrepid, Roger would embark on many other sailing adventures, inspiring his children with the same love for the sea. He loved cycling since his teenage years and continued to cycle until his sixties. He recruited his children, nieces, nephews, and later his grandsons, to join him on a cycling trip, often overtaking the younger members of his group of cyclists. Each summer he and Therese would camp in the big red RV at Burlingame State Park in Rhode Island, meet longtime camper friends, enjoy the many beautiful beaches, learn to windsurf, take his grandchildren out for adventures in his inflatable rowing boat, and make precious family memories.
A talented and skillful jack-of-all-trades, whether in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical or automotive, Roger was not disheartened when faced with a problem, persistent until it finds the perfect solution. And whatever the task at hand, he would sing or whistle a tune. He was quick to help anyone who asked and passed on his skills to anyone who was eager to learn. He handcrafted his huge tool bench and amassed an impressive arsenal of tools, as well as an attic full of bike parts, because you never know who would need a bike.
Roger was predeceased by his wife of 34, Thérèse Lucile Duval, and a toddler daughter, Linda Marie, born and deceased in 1969, sisters, Bella Nadeau and Pearl Montagano, brothers-in-law Homer Nadeau, Ralph Stevens and Dom Montagano, and two nephews, Albert Nadeau and John Lagasse. He leaves behind two children, Susan Mostowy and her husband, Mark of Draguignan, France, and Mark and his loving partner, Carol Hartfield, of Bristol; two grandchildren, Michael Mostowy and his wife, Melissa, of Middletown, and Jason Mostowy of Washington, DC, children of Carol, Colleen, Lindsey and Connor; and he was Nikola and Morgan’s “grandpa”. He is survived by his sister, Jannette Stevens of Thomaston, and two brothers, Paul E. Lagasse and his wife, Betty, of Waterbury, and John H. Lagasse and his wife, Kathy, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and will be missed by many friends he met during his life.
His family is very grateful for the care and attention he received from all of the doctors, nurses and administrative staff at Southington Care Center, who not only made him feel physically comfortable during the last six years of his life, but also laughed with him at his endless repertoire of jokes. Susan and Mark are especially grateful for the diligent advice, financial monitoring and emotional support provided to them by their aunt, Jannette Stevens.
Call hours are Thursday, October 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Della Vecchia Funeral Home, 211 North Main St., Southington. A Christian funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic’s Church, 1050 Flanders Road, Southington.
According to his wishes, Roger will be cremated. Interment with full military honors will be held at Calvary Cemetery on East Main Street in Waterbury at the convenience of the family.