BROOKFIELD — Raymond E. Brodeur, 97, of Brookfield, died on Monday, January 18, 2021, at his son’s home in Palmer with his family by his side. Ray stayed active and lived independently up until just a few weeks ago.
He leaves two sons, Raymond E. Brodeur, Jr. and his wife Mary of Palmer and David R. Brodeur of Warren; his daughter, Judith Bedwell and her husband Kevin of Athol, Idaho; 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his 3 brothers, Norman, Merrill, and Carl. He was born in Warren, son of the late Homer and Maria (Berthiaume) Brodeur, and grew up on the family dairy farm in West Warren. He lived in West Brookfield for 35 years, prior to moving to Brookfield in 1996.
Ray worked as poultry farmer for over 20 years at the former T&R Poultry in Warren. He was also a machine operator at the former American Optical Corp. in Southbridge for 20 years, before retiring in 1986.
Raymond loved his large extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great grandchildren. To them he was Pepé, and he always enjoyed their company, and they relished his wisdom and experiences.
Ray credits his long, well fulfilled life to God. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Church in Brookfield and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in West Brookfield.
He was active with the West Brookfield Senior Center, enjoyed bowling, and following the Red Sox. In 2004, he was happy to be able to finally share in the celebration of their World Series win after 86 years.
A Funeral Mass for Raymond will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9AM, in Sacred Heart Church in West Brookfield. Burial will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery following mass. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 5 to 7 PM in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St. in West Brookfield.
Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be followed while in the funeral home, the church, and the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, P.O. Box 563, West Brookfield, MA 01566 or the Warren Senior Center, P.O. Box 428, West Warren, MA 01092.
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield is assisting his family with arrangements.