Joseph R. Poulin

joseph poulin
Joseph Richard Leon “Bic” Poulin (AKA Matthew) left this world peacefully with his son and daughter-in-law by his side at St. Mary’s VITAS Hospice Unit in Waterbury on Monday August 7, 2017 at the age of 86. Joseph is survived by his son Dave Poulin and his wife Michele; grandson Tim; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Barbara, brothers, Gerard and Wilfred, and sister, Evelyn. Joseph was born on May 26, 1931 in Winslow, ME to Edmund and Elise (Cantin) Poulin. He married Barbara on April 11, 1953. After moving to CT, they settled in Waterbury and later purchased their dream home on Three Mile Hill in Middlebury in August of 1962. He found employment at United States Rubber Company (Uniroyal) in Naugatuck. Joseph and Barbara welcomed their only child David into the world in December 1965. Over the years the family resided in the Southington, Bristol, and New Britain areas. The 1970’s were characterized by a shift in career to the study, publishing and teaching of scripturally based material. During that time numerous bibles were read, marked up and worn by reason of use. At any of his residences you could find him grilling burgers fit for a Levite on the charcoal grill or watering, mowing and enjoying his lawn, which at one time was featured in Scott’s magazine. His house and heart were always open to all. He was an avid fisherman with a couple of trophy sized trout to boast about from his secret fishing holes in the Farmington River. He and his wife were arguably Plantsville’s top UCONN Basketball fans. He loved his home state of Maine, and getaways were often enjoyed in the countryside or seashores there. His love of music and guitar skills were often called upon to play a personalized rendition of an old-time country or gospel song. Calling hours are scheduled for Friday August 11, 2017 at New Life Church, 350 High Hill Road, Wallingford, CT from 5-7 p.m. with a Celebration Service immediately following at 7 p.m. Pastor Will Marotti will officiate the ceremony. A time of fellowship with refreshments will follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joseph’s life. Burial with Military Honors will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday August 14, 2017 at the State Veteran’s Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. Please meet directly at the cemetery office. The family would like to express their gratitude to Bristol Hospital Hospice for their compassion and care, St. Mary’s VITAS Hospice, as well as the members of New Life Church for their outpouring of love during this time. Arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett - Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!” -Psalm 119:1-2

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  1. David and Michele. You were so blessed to have such a wonderful Dad, he was a good friend and a encouragement to my wife and I. Always able to find time to sit and talk with us at the center whenever I would call and ask if I could come down and talk with him, he would say, I’ll put the coffee on. Thank you Matthew, for your friendship.

  2. David, Michele, and family: Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Dear David and Michele, my deepest sympathies in this, your second heartache, as your dad makes his transition. May you take comfort in the fact that he is now with your mom, and that he loved you in life and now. I’m here to support you. Love Lisa

  4. Dear David and Michele, We’re sorry for your loss with both Matthew and Barbara this year. Matthew will certainly be missed by all those who knew him. He was always willing to help any soul who asked. He was a man you could rely on in times of need. If you asked him to make music, he would break out that guitar and sing unabashedly. As the author said . …. today the world has become a little bit smaller…. We will remember both your parents with love and affection. They are surely together now-the groom with his young bride. Love, Joe and Titine

  5. Dear Matthew, I’m writing this to tell you what an amazing person you were to others. When people read this I want them to know that they too can be as amazing as you. You took time for others and genuinely listened to them. You cared about them knowing the Word. You devoted your many years sharing the Word with others. I loved how you enjoyed your life with your beautiful wife, and you never said you were perfect. She reminded you of how much you had to do. Your smile was real and you chose your words before speaking. I loved how you would compliment others without them knowing and you would do so without reward and with sincerity. You will be missed Matthew. Thank you for being you and for being here. God’s peace Deborah

  6. Deepest condolances David Michelle and Tim HE WAS LOVED AND RESPECTED BY ALL OF US WHO WATCHED HIM GROW in grace and wisdom .He loved His GOD and the word of God like few others have ever done. Thanks Matthew for all your dedication and love Your life and work has not been nor will be forgotten.

  7. My heartfelt sympathies to you both on the passing of your father so soon after your mother. While we will miss his guidance and love for the Word, we find comfort knowing he and his bride are reunited once more. Thank you, Matthew sharing your love for Jesus and being a mentor to me and so many. You left the world a better place than you found it. You will be missed.

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