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George Briere

George Briere

Saturday, October 15th, 1927 Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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Obituary for George O. Briere

Dad was a very frugal man, but now we’re going to spend his money on this obituary. George O. Briere, 91, of Windsor Locks, beloved husband of the late Georgette (Parent) Briere, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Born in Fall River, MA on October 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Herve and Alida (Doucette) Briere and grew up in Fall River, graduating from Prevost High School in 1945 as the class president. Dad lived an abundant life. He was very smart, funny and silly. He would entertain his grandkids by reciting the alphabet backwards, taking “off his finger”, and pulling quarters out of their ears. He always had a joke to tell at the dinner table, and the funniest part was that mom never got the joke. He was good at calming a crying baby, and could stand up a baby and balance it in his hand over a bed, frightening many an onlooker. Dad enjoyed yard work, and had a yearly ritual for raking his leaves. He would mow his lawn every five days, and then cool off in his pool, with the grandkids clambering all over him. He always bought “American Made”, and only bought used cars, which spent many a day at Phil’s Auto repair. He disliked shopping, especially for clothes, but didn’t mind picking up lawn and pool supplies. He loved to read anything, anytime, anywhere. And was doing so when one of us wiped out careening down Angel Street on a bike, and another was caught in a riptide at Laguna Beach. Not the best babysitter! He always had a song in his heart, and would break out into one whenever the mood struck. He wasn’t crazy about pets, his mom raised chickens, and his dad was a taxidermist, but always seemed to have one. Our dad was very athletic He taught us to play ball of any kind, swim and skate. He would hit fly balls to our friends at Reed Park, often going over the fence. He ran daily most of his life. On summer nights, the kids in the neighborhood would run with him around the block. He would tell us he was the fastest runner in Fall River, MA where he grew up. When he was 76 years old, he ran the length of a football field to tackle a thief that stole our mom’s purse. It made national news and was mentioned on David Letterman. Yep, Dad was one of the “good guys”. Never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He was a 4+ gallon blood donor, volunteered weekly at Bickford Convalescent Home for years, talking, dancing, and praying with the patients there. Active in the church and community, he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, member of the choir. Active in cub scouts, Junior Achievement, and was Hartford’s Distinguished Salesman of 1966. He loved square dancing with mom, and was involved with the Holy Family Retreat Center. He was President of Prevost High Alumni 1957-58, and on the Board of Directors 2005-2011. He was president of the Rotary Club 1983-84, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Gensi-Viola Post # 36. Dad played baseball, tennis, and basketball. Being an avid Red Sox fan, he was glad to have seen them end their winless streak. At Prevost he was called a “flashy outfielder” and led the team at batting and runs. Not knowing Latin at that time prevented him from joining the priesthood. George joined the US Navy at 17 and served during World War II aboard the USS Topeka (CL 67 cruiser) in the Pacific Theatre. He told us the Japanese surrendered because George Briere was on his way with the US Navy! He was in the honor guard for General Douglas MacArthur on July 4, 1946, when the Philippine Islands celebrated their independence. . He was honorably discharged in 1954. The Navy showed him the world, and decided his career would be with the airlines. During the early days he obtained a commercial pilot license and control tower license. His first job was a station manager in New Bedford for local airlines, then reservation manager for a Fall River travel agency. In 1958 he joined United Airlines, and enjoyed a 33 year long career with them, retiring in 1991. His career with the airlines took the family to Warwick, RI, then Windsor Locks in 1963. Dad traveled through CT and VT convincing folks to “fly the friendly skies”. He and mom were married for 54 years. Sometime after her passing, He met Rita, and we welcomed her into our family, and thank you for being his friend and companion for over 10 years. He became almost blind in his later years, but continued his favorite pastime of reading, with a magnifying glass, and always a pen in his chest pocket! In an article he was quoted as saying,”Visitor, traveler, pilgrim…whatever word we use…each one of us is passing through. How we go through life depends a lot on what each of us decides is essential in the things we own, the attachments we form, the ideas that shape our lives” We would like to thank the staff at Stonebrook Village Memory Care unit, VITAS hospice, especially Kathy and Lexi, and all who cared for him during his last days. George was predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Georgette; and his siblings, Conrad Briere and Juliette Robillard. He leaves 4 loving children, Ron Briere and his wife Nancy of Windsor Locks, Susan Stebbins and her husband Ernie of NC, Janet Deltenre and her husband Alain of East Granby, and John Briere and his wife Jen of Weston, MA; 9 cherished grandchildren, Marc, Matthew, Renee, Michael, Billy, Morgan, CJ, Carlie, and Renee; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 siblings, Jeanette Rego of Westport, MA and Paul Briere of Fort Walton Beach, FL; and many nieces and nephews. His family will receive friends on Sunday, October 13 from 3-5 PM at Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. His Funeral will take place on Monday, October 14 beginning at 9 AM at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Mary Church. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Windsor Locks. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks CT 06096. For online condolences, please visit www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home
    441 Spring St
    Windsor Locks, CT
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    Sunday, October 13th, 2019
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Mary Church
    42 Spring St.
    Windsor Locks, CT
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    Monday, October 14th, 2019
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 11:00am
    St. Mary's Cemetery, Windsor Locks
    Spring St.
    Windsor Locks, CT
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    Monday, October 14th, 2019
    11:00am

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Peggi Frawley

Ron and Nancy, we were so sorry to hear of George's passing. We were unable to be with you at the services, but would like you to know you are in our prayers. George was a good choir member with me and also in the bowling league. He will be missed.
Peggi and Richard Frawley
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Chris Notarangelo

What a great tribute to your Dad. It is obvious that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. My heartfelt condolences to your entire family. The loss of a parent is always a life changing event.
Chris Notarangelo
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marjore fargo

So sorry to hear the sad news of George's passing. We were a family on Dale Street for 55 years. Love and hugs to the entire family. Bill and Marge Fargo
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Sending thoughts and prayers to Uncle George and the rest of our family. Love, Peter, Elizabeth, Lucy and Sebastian Briere
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Donna Parent Crane

I was so sad to hear of my Uncle George's passing. I remember him with always a smile on his face. He was always so pleasant and loving. We are all going to miss him dearly. My condolences to my cousins, may you find peace knowing Uncle George is once again reunited with my beautiful Auntie Georgette.
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