Robert J. Mercure, 82, of Windham, CT passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 2, 2021 after a long illness. Born on October 7, 1938 in Long Pond, Maine, Bob grew up with a love for the outdoors, spending most of his time hunting and fishing.
Bob joined the US Army at 17 and was stationed in France. There, he met his wife of 62 years, Anne-Marie. They married in 1958 and settled in Windham, CT. A devoted husband and father, Bob built his dream home on 5 acres and passed on his love of the outdoors to his sons Wayne and Steven. He worked hard to provide for his family. He was employed as a Quality Craftsmen for the state of CT for 19 years at Mansfield Training School and finished his career and retired from UCONN.
Bob and Anne-Marie loved to travel. After retiring, they bought a motorhome and spent the next 12 years traveling the country, visiting all of the amazing parts of the US and Canada and making friends everywhere they went. Their favorite place to go was Alaska. There, Bob could pursue his passion for fishing, catching salmon on the Kenai and halibut out in Kachemak Bay. Bob didn’t just catch the fish, he transformed them. He was a phenomenal cook and his recipes for salmon, his legendary fried halibut, and venison meatballs were family favorites.
Bob was a regular breakfast patron at many of the local diners in town, where he would meet up with his friends, eat and talk about life. A gregarious man, his door was always open. He would welcome you in, get you a drink and share his time with you. Unless, of course, the UCONN girls’ basketball game was on. Then he would only talk during commercials.
When he wasn’t hunting, fishing, watching his favorite sports teams, or a great old Western, Bob pursued his third passion, poker. During their travels, Bob loved to hit the casinos and put his skills to the test. The casinos are going to miss him.
Bob is survived by his wife Anne-Marie, his son Wayne and his wife Debra, of Southbridge, MA, his son Steven, of Stafford Springs and his daughter Joy St. Martin, of Mansfield, CT as well as his grandchildren, Matt and his wife Jamie, Bryan and partner Meghan, Mackenzie, Sydney and Justine and her husband Adriel and his great-grandchildren Donovan and Aria, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his sister Joanne Young of Willington. He was predeceased by his brother Edward Mercure and his sister Edith Papasodora.
Per his wishes, his body has been donated to science. A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Willimantic Covenant Soup Kitchen. To sign an online guestbook visit www.potterfuneralhome.com
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