BRISTOL - Conrad Ouellette, 74, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 1, 2023. He was born in New Britain, CT, and was the son of the late Verlie (Thibodeau) and Joseph Rosario Ouellette. Conrad was deeply devoted to his late wife, Antoinette "Toni" Ouellette, with whom he shared 44 blissful years of marriage until her passing.
During his early years, Conrad's older siblings lovingly cared for him as he developed a passion for race cars and antique cars, which he skillfully built and restored, finding joy in every project. He frequented Plainville Motor Speedway among other racing venues, where he raced, worked as part of the pit for other drivers and cheered on his fellow race car enthusiasts.
In his professional life, Conrad proudly worked in construction for 38 years for Manafort Brothers and was a Teamster. Notably, he demonstrated his selflessness and sense of duty after 9/11, driving and delivering the first crane on site from Albany, NY, to Ground Zero on one of the company's trucks to assist with recovery and clean-up efforts. Beyond his career, Conrad was an active member of his community, serving as the Commissioner of Planning and Zoning for Plainville and participating in Toastmasters.
In retirement, Conrad and Antoinette cherished their time together, going on long drives and visiting nearby beaches. Following Antoinette’s passing, Conrad's kind neighbors extended their support, exemplifying the close-knit community they shared.
As a father, Conrad was a source of unwavering support and love for his two daughters. His kindness, generosity, and sense of humor made him deeply loved by them, and his presence in their lives was truly cherished. Conrad's grandson Juniper held a special place in his heart. They were inseparable pals who delighted in exchanging jokes, playing and being silly.
In addition to his roles as a husband, father, and grandfather, Conrad was a friend to many and a man of exceptional qualities, who lifted everyone he met. He possessed a kind and generous spirit, always ready to brighten a room with his charm, humor, and charisma. He was a renaissance man with a green thumb that was evident in his thriving garden and many projects. Conrad's faith was also an integral part of his life, and he actively supported Our Lady of Mercy church in Plainville alongside Antoinette.
Conrad Ouellette leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and kindness, and he always tried to help people see that life didn’t need to be so serious or heavy and laughter was indeed the best medicine.
He will be deeply missed by his daughters and their husbands, Jacqueline and Michael Heath and Cynthia and Timothy Roberts; his beloved grandson, Juniper; his brother and sister-in-law Gerald and Jane Ouellette; his sister and brother-in-law Lillian and Robert Aldi; his nephews David, Douglas, Kevin and Marc and their families; his brother- and sister-in-law Gene and Sheila Allocca; sister-in-law Karen Andreoli; his nephews Mark, Franco and Michael; his nieces, Suzie, Antoinette, Carina and Elizabeth. He also leaves behind dear friends Norma and Steven Radziewicz, and Frank and Judy Meese.
He was predeceased by his parents, loving and beautiful wife of 44 years, Antoinette; and mother and father-in-law; brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and niece.
Friends and family are welcome to gather for a Visitation on Friday, August 11th from 5-7pm at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St. in Plainville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 10am at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 94 Broad St., Plainville. Burial will follow in Saint Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Bailey Funeral Home is honored to have been entrusted with Conrad’s care and final arrangements.