Roger A. Brochu

Jun 18, 2019
Roger Brochu

Rockland — Roger A. Brochu, age 82, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, of complications after a partial hip replacement and kidney failure.

Born in Chisholm June 20, 1936, he was the son of Frank X. and Irene (Yokell) Brochu.

Roger is survived by three brothers, Rene Brochu and his wife, Beverly, of Jay, Gerard Brochu and his wife, Pauline, of Livermore Falls, Raymond Brochu of Brighton, Mass.; a sister, Rita Brochu Melendy, and her husband, Ronald, of Auburn; 26 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and -nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Other than his parents, Roger was predeceased by his brother Francis Brochu, and sisters Yvonne Dunham and Lillian Nichols.

Roger graduated from Jay High School in 1958 and from the Auburn School of Commerce in 1960. He taught business courses in Eagle Lake, was inducted into the military and did his Army basic training at Fort Ord, Calif., where he gave English classes to military personnel and worked as a chaplain’s assistant. He was later stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and again served as a full chaplain assistant for all the Catholic and other troops at the Kleber Chapel Church in Kaiserslautern. His language abilities helped Germans, French, Americans and Arabs to socialize.

He was a longtime dedicated communicant of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Rockland and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Roger was a Graymoor Friar of the Atonement in Peekskill Garrison, N.Y., for a brief period. He left the order to do evangelization on the streets of New York, where he lived for 33 years. He participated in numerous prayer groups, one of which was Saint Teresa of Calcutta's order, and had the opportunity to be at her order’s prayer group numerous times when she was present and participating with the prayer group. He was the international export-promotion manager for Laster International Inc. This employment required him to translate in many languages, and he became proficient in communicating with foreigners. In later years he was often asked by police, doctors and foreign tourists to translate for them.

He enjoyed singing in church choirs all his life and was frequently asked to sing solos at funerals. Over his lifetime, he enjoyed entertaining with song, acting in musical plays and also played the piano. He enjoyed life to the fullest.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the ICU at Central Maine Medical Center for their compassionate care, especially two very special angels, Lyse and Heather.

Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 21, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland. The Rev. Robert Vaillancourt will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in Holy Cross Cemetery, Livermore Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard’s Soup Kitchen, 150 Broadway, Rockland, ME 04841.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Jun 19, 2019 11:55

I'll miss you, Roger.  You were an icon at St. Bernard's.  May you rest in peace, and I know you're in the loving arms of the Father.

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