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Raoul R. Bessette (#46933024)
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Bio Photo RAOUL R. BESSETTE (aka Ralph) was born on September 6, 1933 at 12 Lucretia Ave, Willimansett, a section of Chicopee, Mass. His parents, Raoul M. and Jeanne Simone Houle had been married the previous year.
His early childhood was spent in Willimansett and in late 1937 the family, consisting then of 2 children and one on the way,moved to the Ward 1 Section of Holyoke (known as the Flats). There he attended the Immaculate Conception Parochial School and later Holy Rosary High School, graduating in 1951. This was the middle of the Korean War so he enlisted in the U.S. Army the following summer. Following his release from the Army he married Doris McLean and attended college locally earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Armed with the Accounting credentials they moved to Schenectady with two children in tow and commenced work with General Electric Company as a Business Trainee. This was the start of a 34 year career involving numerous relocations and two overseas assignments in France and Taiwan. By 1992 business acquisition and reorganization resulted in Ralph receiving early retirement . The following summer, they made their final move to Leesburg, Florida where they currently are retired.
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Janet Nelson
Henry Bessette
I posted a photo of Henry Bessette tombstone but not sure if it is correct - shows date of birth as 1914 and not 1910. Marcil was on the front of the stone. If this is not the correct stone I will remove pictures. Please let me know.
Added by Janet Nelson on Apr 05, 2014 1:53 PM
Sister Therese Gregoire
RE: Jean Baptiste Houle/Houde
You're welcome. French was my first language .. and I'm pretty good at deciphering bad handwriting (38 years of teaching!!) If you ever need help, let me know.
Your postings have been a great help at plugging some holes in my research. BTW.. I grew up in Lowell, MA, in a French-Canadian enclave ... so I can relate to a lot of what you've written.
Added by Sister Therese Gregoire on Oct 19, 2012 10:21 AM
Sister Therese Gregoire
Jean Baptiste Houle/Houde
After much searching of parish registers for the date of death given on your site, I realized there must have been an error. I finally located the entry, which matches the image on your site... He died in APRIL, not August... there is an error in the translation. It reads

"On the twenty-eight of APRIL eighteen hundred eighty-eight .... was interred in the vaults of this church, the body of Jean Baptiste Houle, widower of the deceased Sophie Dubois, who died on the twenty-sixth at the age of 80 ..."
Added by Sister Therese Gregoire on Oct 18, 2012 9:35 PM

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