Roger G. Granger, 82, of South Windsor and formerly of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 with his family by his side. He was born on January 7, 1930 in New Bedford, MA to Jean Louis and Emelda (Richard) Granger. Roger was pre deceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Therese (Frigault) Granger. He was a graduate of St. Anthony High School of New Bedford, MA. Roger served as a Corporal in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Hood, Texas. He leaves behind a legacy of 42 years of service with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. He began his career in Middletown, at CANEL before transferring to the Willgoos Turbine Laboratory at the East Hartford Plant where he was the Power Group project manager overseeing the construction of jet engine testing complexes. He was a long time resident of Manchester and an active member of St. James Catholic Church. Roger devoted many years of service to the community as a scout master of the Charter Oak Council and Black Ledge District Cub and Boy Scout Troop 120. He was the recipient of the highest national awards in scouting. Roger received the Bronze Pelican Award and the St. George Medal for outstanding leadership in catholic scouting. He also spent many summers at the Lake of Isles Scout Reservation as a summer camp scout leader. Throughout his life he kept himself busy with carpentry and remodeling projects in his home and for his family. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends, sons and fellow retirees at courses in New England and Florida. Roger and Therese enjoyed traveling, including adventures from Alaska to Patagonia, Paris and Spain. They spent many winters of their retirement years in Ruskin, Fl. Roger was a resident of The Village at Buckland Court in South Windsor for the last few years. Roger had a deep love and affection for his wife, Therese, his four daughters, two sons, their spouses, 13 grandchildren and great grandchild. Roger is survived by Ann Granger Smith, her husband James of Vernon; Roger Granger, his wife, Lori, also of Vernon: Suzanne McConville, her husband Richard, of Harrisburg, PA; Margaret O'Neil, her husband Kenneth, of Meredith, NH; Peter Granger, his wife, Kathleen, of Old Saybrook; and Nancy Bailey, her husband Stephen of Mansfield Center. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Erin Smith Doolittle, her husband Jacob, Michael Smith, Jennifer Smith Samborski and her husband Dana, Alyssa Granger Beebe and her husband Trevor, Chelsea Granger, Julie Granger, Emma McConville, Marie Rose McConville, Nicholas O'Neil, Alexander O'Neil, Nathan O'Neil and his fiancée, Leah Chesterton, Shannon Bailey and Kennedy Bailey. A great grandson, Noah O'Neil. He was the brother of Georgette Codere of Zionsville, IN, Lucille Groves of Cheshire, CT, Claire White and her husband William of Lakeville, MA, Omer and Patricia Granger of Sun City, AZ.
His family will receive friends, today, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in St. James Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, 360 Broad St. Manchester. Contributions in Rogers name can be made to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 or to the VNA Hospice, 103 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com
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