Roger P. Plourde

Born: Sun., Jun. 26, 1927
Died: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 03, 2017
Location: Morris Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Mar. 04, 2017
Location: Chapel at Assumption College

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Morris Funeral Home
40 Main Street
Southborough,  Ma  01772
508 485 4111
Roger P. Plourde, 89, of Southborough, died on Monday, February 27, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Peloquin) Plourde.
Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Eva (Pelletier) and Albert Plourde.  
Roger was a 1945 graduate of North High School in Worcester and joined the US Navy immediately upon graduation. After his honorable discharge from the service he went to Holy Cross and graduated in 1951 with a degree in chemistry. Roger was involved in research and development for such companies as DeBell & Richardson, Inc. and Multi Color Gravure where he developed pressure sensitive release film called CONTACT.  He co-founded Flexcon Corp of Spencer and Temp-Flex Co of S. Grafton.  In 1965 he went on to found his own company, Custom Coating & Laminating Corp., in Worcester where he was responsible for creating technology for many new products such as but not limited to; solar control; safety window films; and special heat generating laminates used in thermal target decoys during the Gulf War. Roger invented the first custom laminates for sails in the America's Cup Race and laminated metallic fabrics used in the space suits worn by the astronauts in NASA's first trip to the moon.
A true man for all seasons and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He was an avid windsurfer, wine lover and was a member of Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.  In addition he was a sculptor in stone and wood.  His work was on display at  Assumption College, where he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters, and at the Cotuit Center for Art. Roger was a member of the President's Council at Assumption and a long time supporter of the college he loved.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Michele Plourde; Patricia Plourde Austin and her husband Brian; Carolyn Plourde and her husband William Herp; Roger P. Plourde Jr. and his wife Serra; 4 grandchildren, Steven and Lauren Austin and Christina and Audrey Herp.
He was predeceased by his sister, Jeanine Rosen.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 3, from 4 to 7 PM at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 10 AM at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester.  Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be sent in Roger's memory to the Scholarship Fund at Assumption College or UMass Memorial Foundation, 333 South St. Shrewsbury, Ma  01545.
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Ted Martin and Family
   Posted Wed March 01, 2017
Dear Gloria and Family: Roger was a special friend and neighbor. He was a true man of all seasons. He provided insight and a sense of happiness to our neighborhood. His words of wisdom inspire me in my life every day. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob Nanof
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017

Sorry to here about your Dad.

Bob Nanof

Marc Boyle
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
Roger will be missed! What a true renaissance man, always active, always inviting and a great friend and neighbor to my parents. Surely there are mermaids in heaven. Adieu

Tim Stanton
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017

We are so saddened of the news of your loss. We all loved Roger. He was such a fascinating man who lived life with such zest. He was always so much fun to be with to engage in such interesting and diverse conversations. We will miss him dearly.

God bless you and your family.

Steve Hebert
   Posted Thu March 02, 2017
Dear Plourde Family; I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. He was a great man and a true industrial pioneer in the field of adhesives and plastics. His passion for what he loved is what I will always remember about him.

Fr. John Franck
   Posted Fri March 03, 2017
Dear Gloria,

It was with great sadness that I received the news of Roger's death this morning here in Rome.

You and Roger have been such good friends of the College and of the Assumptionists. Just reading his obituary reminded me of just how many contributions he made in so many areas, but none so important as his family.

Please be assured that I will remember Roger and all of you at Mass tomorrow here in Rome.

With much sympathy,

Fr. John Franck, AA

"Do you not know that there are many mansions in my Father's house?"

Jane & Denis LaForce
   Posted Fri March 03, 2017
Roger, Jr and family: So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Blessings, Jane and Denis

Annie Walker Merry
   Posted Mon March 06, 2017
Sincere sympathy to hear of your dads passing.

Annie Walker Merry

Maria Romero Vagnini
   Posted Mon March 06, 2017
I was saddened to read of Roger's death on Southborough's local blog. He was a very kind man and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. His legacy will live on in his family, work, and art. My condolences go out to Gloria and the Plourde family.

Russ Granquist
   Posted Thu March 09, 2017
As they say on TV, A life well lived. Sorry to all of the family for your loss.

Gardner and Pam Rogers
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
Dear Gloria and the Plourde family,

We just learned today of Roger's passing. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with all of you.

We were fortunate to know Roger as a friend and neighbor for 17 years and would need another 17 years to fully comprehend his many talents and accomplishments. We will miss seeing him work on his sculptures in his courtyard, jauntily ride his bike down to get the mail and maneuvering his boat by the dock. He was a ray of sunshine - quick to smile with a hearty laugh and a zest for life.

We send you many hugs from Florida!

Gardner and Pam Rogers