Roger Cyrille Lamoureux: Jan 11, 1938 – Apr 26, 2023
Roger passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 26th, 2023, at the Brookdale Point West Memory Care facility in Bradenton FL. He received loving care and frequent visits by local and visiting family members, as well as a wonderful and caring staff.
Roger was born on January 11th, 1938, in Attleboro MA, the son of Cyrille Antoine Lamoureux and Eva Cordelia Lamoureux (Girard). Roger was an only child and lost his father when he was 6 months old, he was raised by his mother in Taunton MA on Jackson Street.
He attended a local elementary school with his neighbor and childhood friend Joe Cere. Solomon Lamoureux (Grandfather), Leo Lamoureux and Pete Lamoureux (uncles) looked out for Roger helping to provide him with great youthful experiences from Taunton MA to Pawtucket RI. This included many memorable trips to Lake Sabbatia, which Roger proudly noted that his dad had frequently swam the length of the lake. As a teen, Roger got a job with a local Silver Smith, and worked in the warehouse to help manage inventory. He was taking after his grandfather Solomon who was a Silver Burnisher by trade.
Roger attended Coyle Catholic High School (Class of 55’). It was there where he met and admired Coyle’s greatest football player, Casimir “Mal” Malinowski, who would later become Roger’s brother-in-law. Upon graduation, Roger’s uncle Pete helped him buy his first car, a 48’ Chevrolet.
He went onto Bridgewater State College to study education (Class of 59’). He earned his college money providing ride share services with his 48’ Chevrolet and by playing his saxophone in a Jazz Band he and his friends put together called the “Hi HATS”. An interesting fact, Roger never read music, he played by ear, and it only took him a single listen to play a song well. More importantly, it is where the future love of his life caught his eye; Genevieve “Ginger” Roberts. She was smart, beautiful, admired, and she was the Class President (seemingly unapproachable). He would often see Ginger being picked up by her father in a black limousine, and imagined she was going to a grand home with a circular driveway.
One rainy evening, he went into the student center, and found Ginger waiting on a return phone call. He knew this was it, he had to get her attention. He politely asked if he could wait with her, and she agreed. While making small talk, Roger told her that he was a jazz musician who played the saxophone and asked if she would be interested in coming to one of his gigs. She agreed and the love story began there!
Roger and Ginger were married on June 25th, 1960, and started a family with the birth of Joseph Roger Lamoureux and then Christine Marie Lamoureux in Dighton MA.
He continued his education, obtaining a Master’s in Education from Rhode Island College (Class of 62’). His mother-in-law helped him get a job at the Plymouth and Brockton Bus company while he attended Rhode Island College.
He began his career in education as a teacher in Norton, MA. He then became the elementary school principal (while still in his twenties) in Bryantville MA as part of an expansion to the Pembroke School District.
Knowing that the family would continue to grow, they moved to Plympton MA in 1965, where they had three more sons; Robert Roger Lamoureux, Edward Roger Lamoureux and Daniel Roger Lamoureux.
Roger accepted the role of Principal at the Plymouth River School in Hingham, MA in 1969. A brand-new elementary school with a state-of-the-art AV Department for its time. He was very proud to have been a part of such a wonderful school for much of his career.
Through-out the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s (as his schedule allowed), Roger taught night classes at Bridgewater State College in the field of education.
Roger took meticulous and prideful care of the Plympton home. He and his children cut trees, burned brush, and kept the yard and home orderly. This also included a pet goat which held the poison ivy at bay along the woods-line.
Roger enjoyed jazz music, sports, boating, skiing, and other outdoor activities including many trips to the State Parks of New Hampshire and the beaches of Cape Cod. These experiences of Fenway Park, Cape Cod, skiing trips, NH, Disney, etc were provided for his children. While numerous cruise line excursions were traveled with his wife Ginger. Roger loved to travel, and often remarked how impressive it was to see two continents and three countries while standing in Gibraltar.
He retired from the Plymouth River School officially in 1994 and began his retirement journey with Ginger in 1996. They bought a home in Stuart FL and built an apartment at their eldest son’s home in Plymouth, MA for their summers. In Stuart, they enjoyed unlimited golf and outdoor activity, with the bonus of being neighbors with Ginger’s sister Barbara Coristine (and husband Tommy). In 2004, they moved from Stuart FL to Bluffton SC (Sun City). This brought them closer to their daughter Christine (and husband Gordon), and to their three granddaughters: Jessica, Nicole and Tiffany. In Plymouth, they remained closely connected to family and friends, and afforded them beautiful New England summers.
While initially enjoying the golf courses offered at Sun City, over time Roger changed his activities to bicycle riding and bocce. This is where Roger picked up the saxophone again and began playing in weekly jam sessions with other Sun City residents and friends. Many members had performed professionally and appreciated Roger’s contributions to the jam sessions. This group played several “paying gigs” throughout the community.
Roger was a good son, a dedicated and caring husband, a nurturing and providing father, a hard worker, an educator, a community member, a musician, a fun and entertaining man of integrity and wisdom, who made a meaningful impression with everyone he met. We will miss him dearly and remember him fondly.
Roger is survived by his five children: Joseph Lamoureux (Denise), Christine Sampson (Gordon), Robert Lamoureux (Margaret), Edward Lamoureux, Daniel Lamoureux (Lauren). His six grandchildren: Jessica Shuboy (Sampson), Nicole Sampson, Tiffany Sampson, Rowan Lamoureux, Lillian Lamoureux and Madilyn Lamoureux. His great grandchildren: Ava Shuboy, Lulu Shuboy and Olivia Shuboy. Roger was predeceased by his wife Genevieve Lamoureux (Roberts), his mother Eva Lamoureux (Girard) and his father Cyrille Lamoureux.
Roger will be interred on June 9th, 2023 with his wife Genevieve at St. Patrick Cemetery in Fall River, MA.
Calling hours for Roger will take place on Friday, June 9th from 10AM-11AM at the Hathaway Home for Funerals 1813 Robeson St., Fall River with a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Cemetery 2233 Robeson St. Fall River at 11:30 AM. lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St Jude Children’s Hospital in Roger’s memory. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org)
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