Joseph E. Trudeau, 87, of Manchester CT, passed Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital with his family by his side. Born December 17, 1931 to the late Raymond and Yvonne (Cadieux) Trudeau, Joseph spent his life in Manchester. He met his wife Gainore in 1953 and was married Nov. 19, 1955. He worked at Balch’s Nelco Tool and Moriarty Brothers before starting at Burroughs Corp and eventually Unisys Corp. as a repairman and installer. Joseph served his country by joining the US Navy in 1949 during the Korean War, and later served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves making the rank of Master Sargent. Joseph was a member of the Army Navy club as well as the Town of Manchester Volunteer Fireman at Hose Co. #2 SMFD and was a Cub Scout leader. In his free time, he enjoyed playing cribbage, cards and bowling with friends and relatives and working on his many automobiles. Joe also enjoyed making Italian meatballs and sauce along with pizza’s and homemade wine. He enjoyed doing home repairs with the best carpenters, and deer hunting in Maine along with an occasional good fishing trip and camping near the beach. He also enjoyed country music and helping his sons out. He and his wife also loved the many dogs they adopted from the shelter. Joseph is survived by his loving family including his wife Gai and sons Richard “Rick” and Randy along with his sister Claire and many many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Larry Trudeau and sisters Carmen Hartley and Lise Gates. The family will receive family and friends on Thursday, Nov. 7th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester at 12 noon and Burial in East Cemetery.
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