Obituary for Joseph R. "Bob" Mercure

Joseph R.R. “Bob” Mercure, 82, of Plainville, entered into eternal rest at home with his family by his side
on Friday, June 8, 2012. Bob leaves behind his loving wife, Jane Fayle Mercure, whom he married on
November 19, 1955. He rejoins beloved son, Edward Robert Mercure, who predeceased him in 2010.
He also leaves his grateful daughters (and sons-in-law), Sharon and Glenn Washburn of Old Saybrook;
his beloved angel to whom he was a devoted caretaker, Maureen Anne; Colleen and Mark Brochu, all of
Plainville; and Gail and Michael Colossale of Burlington. He took great pride and joy in his adoring
grandchildren to whom he offered his steadfast love and support: Matthew and Kevin Mercure (along with
their mother, Jeanette Howes); Benjamin and Joshua Bachman; Erin and Taegan Brochu; and
Grace, Samuel, Harrison, and Mason Colossale.

Born at home in New Britain, CT on November 29, 1929, Bob was the son of the late Adrien and
Blanche (Richer) Mercure. Upon losing both parents as children, he and his brother, Edward, were
relocated to Worcester to begin life anew with their uncle and aunt, the late Emilien and
Grace (Loiselle) Mercure and their daughters who became true sisters in every sense of the word and
who he now leaves behind; Carol Fields of CO and Joyce Griffin and her husband, Donald, and a
dear cousin, Rita diReda, all of MA; his sister-in-law, Jackie Fayle of VA; his Wishart cousins-in-law
as well as many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He shared 55 years with extraordinary neighbors - the
Herman Masse Family. His siblings, Lucien, Marguerite, and Edward, departed many years before him.

Bob attended schools in both New Britain and Worcester, MA. He served four years in the U.S. Navy
on the U.S. Amphion out of Norfolk, VA and completed trade school. He was a loyal 33-year employee
at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Southington where he worked as a Tool Designer. Bob was a member of
Our Lady of Mercy Church since his marriage and a 55 year active member of its Knights of Columbus
fraternal organization, serving as a Grand Knight and as a Faithful Navigator. In 2009, he and his wife
were honored with the Celebrate Plainville! Award for outstanding community service based on years of
involvement with PARC and his consistent fundraising and outreach efforts through the Knights of Columbus.
A volunteer for the American Cancer Society, he drove patients to and from their treatments. He was a
dedicated blood donor and served as a Notary Public. Quiet and contemplative, Bob was simply a good
man without extravagant wants or needs who always put family first with unwavering devotion.

With heartfelt appreciation for the care and support offered by the staff of the VNA Health Care HOPE
Team and special thanks to Debra Dawson, an honorary addition to that team.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. from
Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, followed
by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at
Our Lady of Mercy Church, Broad Street, Plainville.
Burial will be privately held at a later date. Family and friends are welcome to gather
on Monday, June 11, 2012 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to

PARC, 28 E. Maple St., P.O. Box 15, Plainville, CT 06062.

To share your memories with Bob's family
Please visit his memorial tribute wall at www.bailey-funeralhome.com.