Desrochers, Bertrand Welle - February 10, 2016


Bertrand Welle Desrochers, 87, formerly of Berlin, loving husband of Rita (Roux) Desrochers, died Wednesday (February 10, 2016) at Middlesex Hospital. Born in New Haven, son of the late August and the late Blanche (Talbot) Desrochers, he graduated from Berlin High School, served in the US Army in WWII, started his career as Regional Manager for the Fuller Brush Company in Detroit, then owned and operated Smokeeter Company in Berlin, and retired as the owner of B. W. Desrocher Realty. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in East Berlin where he was president of the Menís Club, The Knights of Columbus, St. Jean Baptiste Societe, the Berlin Lions Club, and the Better Business Bureau, and served on the Berlin Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Laura and Jon McQueeney of Westerly, Rhode Island, and Diane Rode of East Haddam, a daughter-in-law, Christine Desrochers of Berlin, a former son-in-law, Gary Rode of Bristol, a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Irene Desrochers in Florida, a sister, Theresa Perron of Laconia, New Hampshire, four grandchildren, Evan and Charles Desrochers, Nick McQueeney, and Cole Rode, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, James Desrochers, and a grandson, Justin Desrochers. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday (February 17, 2016) at 11:30am at Sacred Heart Church, 66 Cottage Street in East Berlin. Burial in The State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, will be at a later date. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Porterís Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway, Berlin, on Wednesday morning (February 17, 2016) from 9-11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33134 (http://cop, or to Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

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