James E. Bourbeau

james bourbeau

May 1, 1940 ~ December 28, 2021

Born in: Springfield, MA
Resided in: Hamden, CT

James Edward Bourbeau, 81, of Hamden, passed away peacefully at his home on December 28, 2021 with his family by his side after a brief illness. He was born in Springfield, MA on May 1, 1940 to the late Albert and Simonne (Joubert) Bourbeau. Jim was a very proud Marine, serving 6 years from 1958-1964. Jim worked for the CT Department of Motor Vehicles for over 25 years in various roles. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Gloria (Bergami) Bourbeau; and his daughters and sons-in-law, Renee and Kevin Brumleve of Cheshire, Denise and Charles Caballero of San Diego, CA, and Lori and Peter Cuticelli of Wallingford. He was especially proud of his five grandchildren: Raymond, Gregory and Colleen Brumleve, and Olivia and Sydney Cuticelli. He leaves his siblings, Annette Rogers, of Branford, Michele Bourbeau, of Chicopee, MA, Daniel Bourbeau, of Southwick, MA and Michelle Ann Davis of Chicopee, MA. He was predeceased by his sister, Ann Theroux, brother-in-law, Ronald Rogers, and sister-in-law, Deborah Bourbeau. In addition to his love for antique cars and motorcycles, he was known as a jack of all trades. He was always available to anyone who needed something repaired. He was the perfect example of selflessness, assisting at any time of day or night. Jim enjoyed traveling with his family to his timeshare in Aruba, visiting Disney, cruising and exploring Europe. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge #25, American Legion Post 76 and the Marine Corps League.
Friends are invited to visit with his family on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Ave., Hamden followed by burial with Military Honors at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven. Please consider making a donation to Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network at www.netcancerawareness.org or donate by phone at 1-866-850-9555.


Visitation: January 2, 2022 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: January 3, 2022 10:00 am

St. Rita Church
1620 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517


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  1. Gloria and family,
    We were sorry to read about Jimmy’s sudden passing. We pray that you can find comfort and peace in the many memories of your years together.
    God’s peace and love,
    Chuck and Linda Starbranch

  2. Dear Gloria and family,

    We were so saddened to hear about Jimmy’s passing. He was one of the nicest men we’ve ever know….larger than life. We will miss seeing him in his usual seat at church. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May God grant you peace and comfort and may Jimmy rest in peace.

    With our deepest sympathies,
    Michael, Anne and Isabella DeGregorio

  3. Gloria and family I was so saddened to hear of jims passing, we work worked together for a long time, he was always smiling and talking about vacations he had taken with you. He was so proud of all his children and grand children. We were always talking about our time in the Marine Corp. He was a joy to work with and be around. He would always see me at a car show and make a bee line to me and we would talk cars. Boy did he love little sunshine his wagon. I will miss him greatly. Till we meet again old friend Semper Fi Brother

  4. Dear Gloria and Family, Please accept my condolences in the passing of Jimmy. I am so sad. He was such a great man and friend to me and my daughters. Always there to Lend a hand at anytime. The stories we have from DMV will last a lifetime and he will always have a special place in my heart for the friendship he has shown us for life. He loved you and his family the most and we talked about that all the time. Please hold all your memories close. All our love Deb MacLennan

  5. Dear Denise, I’m sorry on the passing of your dad. Please accept our Condolences.

    Shawn Browning and Family

  6. Dear Gloria and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was my best buddy at the DMV. I’ll never forget how friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable he was.
    God bless you Pal, you will be missed.
    Richard and Betty Ardolino

  7. Jim was my customer since 2003 at 7-Eleven in Hamden CT. I would always look forward to seeing him and chatting with him. He was always cheerful and smiling. He was one of the nicest most genuine caring person I had an honor to know. May he Rest In Peace.

  8. Deepest sympathy to the bourbeau family.jim was one of the best.always there to help and provide guidance.my husband and I worked with him at Hamden dmv and both loved him immensely.. Such a kind hearted soul.he’ll truly be missed.
    Scott and Valerie (Breeding) depaulo

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