Rudolph G. "Rudy" Paquette, Jr., 75, of Litchfield, died February 4, 2021 at Catholic Medical Center from medical complications.
He was born in Manchester on November 1, 1945 to Rodolphe and Regina (Vallee) Paquette, Sr. He grew up in Manchester and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Sandoval from 1962 to1966. After marrying his devoted wife, Carol, the couple moved to Litchfield to raise their four boys.
Rudy worked at H & M Metals in Amherst as a production manager for over 25 years. He had extensive sheet metal manufacturing experience while working in a supervisory role. In retirement, he was a school bus monitor for First Student, a job that brought him much joy and purpose.
Rudy was a talented chef and enjoyed cooking large meals for his family and friends. His specialties included traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, corn chowder, and prime rib. He enjoyed traveling with his family and loved to watch a beautiful sunrise at the beach. He had a love for sports and you could always find him cheering on the New England Patriots.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 40 years, Carol A. (Buckley) Paquette, his sister, Lorraine Dubisz, and a grandson, Declan Brady.
Rudy's surviving family includes four children, Scott Brady and his wife, Jessica, of Manchester, Tracy Paquette and his wife, Gloria, of Winchester, Shane Brady and his wife, Kimberly and Derek Brady and his partner, Zoe Soulios, all of Candia. He will be greatly missed by his ten grandchildren and his three great-grandchildren all of whom affectionately referred to him as "Poppy". He also leaves behind two siblings, Jeannine Lawson of Swanzey and Richard Paquette of Biloxi, MS and many nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Rudy will be remembered for his larger than life personality, generous spirit, deep love for family, and his unique ability to make anyone feel like an old friend. Though the loved ones he's left behind are heartbroken by his loss, they take great comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with his "Honey".
SERVICES: A Celebration of Life will be held at a time when it is safe to gather his wide circle of friends and family together. A private burial will take place at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.
Throughout his lifetime, Rudy was an avid blood donor, offering support to so many in need. In his honor, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross of Northern New England, 2 Maitland St., Concord, NH 03301, or at www.redcross.org
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements.