OAKVILLE — Roger Emile Charbonneau, Sr., 77, husband of Corienne (Austin) Charbonneau, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Waterbury Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born in Waterbury on July 7, 1943, Roger was the son of the late Firmin and Laura (LaPrade) Charbonneau. Roger was the retired chief mechanic for the town of Watertown for more than 30 years.
He was an avid hunter and a member of the Watertown Custom Car Club. Roger was nationally known for restoring the class A pickup, “Bad News,” along with his late friend, Charlie Boucher. He was an innovator in automotive restoration including antiques. He was the proud owner of his 1951 flat black chopped Mercury which is not for sale. Roger will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know and love him.
Besides Corienne, his devoted wife of 56 years, Roger leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy his two sons, Roger Charbonneau, Jr., and his wife, Jamie Wright, of Shelton and Michael Charbonneau and his wife, Jean, of Oakville; his brother, Raymond and his wife, Judy Charbonneau, of Bethlehem; his sister, Claudette Hypsh of Florida; nine grandchildren, three great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Wilfred Charbonneau.
Walk-through calling hours to visit with the Charbonneau family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, at O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St., Oakville. All federal and state guidelines relative to Covid-19 will be observed and all can be assured of a safe, orderly and comforting environment.
Burial will take place privately at the convenience of the family.
Leave a condolence, words of comfort or personal memory with the Charbonneau family on Roger’s tribute page at www.oneillfuneralhome.com.