Normand Joseph Bessette

Born: Fri., Feb. 6, 1953
Died: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 07, 2019
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Mon., Jan. 07, 2019
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

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Lisbon - Normand J. Bessette, 65, of Lisbon, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. He was born February 6, 1953 in Acushnet, MA, the son of Blanche Vieira and the late Donald Bessette. He grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the oldest of nine brothers and sisters. He attended New Bedford High School and later moved to Connecticut to raise his family.
Normand worked at Electric Boat in Groton for 30+ years as a shipfitter and a rigger. Throughout his younger years he competed in Olympic Weightlifting in Massachusetts and Connecticut, winning state championship titles. He found great joy in his hobbies. He played the harmonica, accumulated an impressive collection of model cars and planes, and created beautifully designed artisanal tables. He was a strong man with a big heart.
Normand is survived by his mother, Blanche Viera of New Bedford, MA; his children, Gregory Bessette of Danvers, MA; Jessica (William) Kavanagh Jr. of Niantic, CT; and Casey Bessette of Savannah, GA; his eight siblings and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 from 10:00AM-12:00PM at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT, with a memorial service at 12:00PM.  Burial will immediately follow at Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold, CT.  For online condolences please go to

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Elizabeth Sked
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. i hope you can find comfort in the fond memories you have. Please know that I am here for whatever you need-at any time. Hugs to you and Bill.

Roger G Bessette
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the family of Norman Bessette. His father Donald , was a favorite first cousin. The times that I met Norman, he seemed to take after his father. He was likable, congenial and open. He will be missed. May he find eternal peace on this new venture

Christine Sameiro (Brodo)
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
My deepest sympathy to family and friends. May God Bless and Comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Cathy Normand
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
Bessette Family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your son/ brother.
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers

   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
So sorry for your loss.. Thinking about you Aunt Blanche and family...xo

Sherry Bessette Van Dyke
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

Deborah Henry
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Bessette family. Norman was a good friend of my late husband George and me. Rest in peace Norm.

David LeBlanc and Family
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
Our Deepest condolences to the Bessette family. Normand was a great friend and mentor to all of us who grew up around him.

Ann ( Henry) Jones
   Posted Sat January 05, 2019
Sympathy to Normand's family. Normand was a family friend for many years to me and all my late brothers . They lifted weights with him back in the 1970's and one (Richard) bought Normand's boa constrictor from him. He loved my recipe for deviled eggs and told me once he made it often.He was a well liked guy and I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

Dale and Maureen Williams
   Posted Sun January 06, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Renée Bessette
   Posted Sun January 06, 2019

SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent by Renée Bessette.

May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time With all our love, Aunt Renée , Danielle & Monique

Katrina Magee
   Posted Mon January 14, 2019
I worked with Norm years ago when we were both shipfitters. I don't think I ever worked with anyone that had a bigger heart. He was a genuinely nice person and well liked by all. I am so sorry for your loss, may good memories bring you peace and comfort in the years ahead.

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