Roger J. Ouellette, 79, Tiverton, Westport

Taught for many years in Little Compton

Posted 1/19/20

Roger J. Ouellette, 79, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2020, in Fall River. He was born in Tiverton, son of the late Albert and Emma Ouellette.  He resided in Tiverton, Westport, and …

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Roger J. Ouellette, 79, Tiverton, Westport

Taught for many years in Little Compton

Posted

Roger J. Ouellette, 79, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2020, in Fall River. He was born in Tiverton, son of the late Albert and Emma Ouellette.  He resided in Tiverton, Westport, and Margate, Florida.  

Roger graduated high school with Cum Laude honors from De La Salle Academy, Newport, earned his Bachelor of Arts from Catholic University, Washington DC, earned his Master of Arts in Elementary Education at Rhode Island College and was a six year professed, vowed De La Salle Christian Brother.

Roger was greatly admired for his compassion for all mankind and his immense generosity.  He was smart, exuberant, energetic and a caring man.  He was a man of faith.  

He taught for over 31 years, one year in Brooklyn, NY, and the remaining years grades 5-8 at Wilbur-McMahon Schools in Little Compton, receiving many honors throughout his teaching years.  Member of RI Retired Teachers’ Association, Newport County Retired Teachers Assoc.,  Association Canada-Americane and L’Assocation Francophene de Fall River.  

After retirement from teaching, he became a docent at Belcourt Castle before moving to Florida.  Roger loved living a very active life in the warm sunshine state for the past 17 years.  He never missed a social event and enjoyed gardening, dancing and traveling.

Roger leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Carmelina (Toots) Ouellette; nieces, Susan (Larry) Jindra, Denise (Michael) Medeiros; nephew, Steven (Michelle) Ouellette; grand-nieces, Melissa (Robert) Francis and Kelsey Jindra; and grand-nephew, Kiel Jindra; great grand-niece, Liana Rosa; and great grand-nephew, Jaxson Francis.

Family and Friends are invited to a celebration of his life.  A Mass service will be held at St. Louis de France, 56 Buffington St., Swansea, Mass., on Saturday, January 25, at 10 a.m.  Luncheon will follow at Magoni's Ferry Landing, 681 Riverside Ave., Somerset, Mass.  In lieu of flowers, his favorite charities were De La Salle Christian Brothers Development Fund, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882, www.dlcb.org/donate.php and Its All About The Animals, Inc.,103 Marion Road (Route 105), Rochester, MA 02770, www.itsallabouttheanimals.org.

Roger will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  Our beautiful memories will endure.  "Au revoir, jusqu'à ce que nous nous revoyions" (Goodbye, until we meet again)

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