Official Obituary of

Roger R. Trahan Sr.

March 1, 2024

Roger Trahan Sr. Obituary

Roger R. Trahan, Sr., age 91, of Worcester, died peacefully in his sleep March 1, 2024, following a lifetime of excellent health. We bid farewell to a great Catholic layman who led a life of faith and prayer, ever knowing that Jesus is real. He is survived by his three children; Ronald E. Trahan and his wife Louise Trahan of West Boylston, Jacqueline C. Rezuke and her husband, Edward P. Rezuke of Shrewsbury, and Roger R. Trahan, Jr. and his wife Lori (Dauphinais) Trahan of Grafton. He was predeceased by his wife Jeannine S. Trahan, who in 2019 passed away on their 60th wedding anniversary, and his son, Richard E. Trahan who passed away in 2004 at age 38. He was also predeceased by his two older brothers, Emile P. Trahan and Norman J. Trahan, Sr.

Roger also leaves behind five grandchildren, Julie, John, and Angela Rezuke, Blake Trahan, and Joseph Rodriguez, and one great-grandson, Jayden Rodriguez. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces, and cousins. Roger was born on December 31, 1932 on Nantucket Island, MA, the son of Emile J. and Catherine (Maillet) Trahan and grew up in New Bedford, MA. He attended Assumption Preparatory School and Assumption College. Once aspiring to the priesthood, he studied Philosophy and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, where he earned his B.A. He earned his M.Ed from the University of Hartford and studied at the University of Virginia and Framingham State University. He received federal grants to study at Bowdoin’s NDEA French Institute and UMass’ NDEA French Institute in France where he earned the Grand prix d’honneur. He studied photography from the Famous Photographers School in Connecticut and obtained the New England Telecommunication Association’s Certificate in Telecommunication.

Roger volunteered for draft and served in 2 years in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at headquarters company, Fort Lee, Virginia, where he was administrative specialist for the Post Quartermaster. He also did some Reserve training at Camp Drum, New York.

Early on, he was a Red Cross Water-Safety Instructor and taught swimming, boating, canoeing and sailing. He prepared future lifeguards for certification and was a lifeguard himself. The Worcester Diocese benefited from his expertise as a member of its Board of Communication and its Board of Continuing Education. He was a corporator of the Worcester TV station.

He belonged to many professional organizations but, notably was Vice President of the Association of Franco-American Teachers. He taught French and Latin for 3 years at Suffield Academy (CT), was Foreign Language Coordinator for 7 years for the Sudbury Public School System (MA) before serving as tenured faculty at Assumption College for 28 years. He began as Assistant Professor of French and Director of the Language Laboratory in La Maison Francaise which he expanded to include all audio-visual services which necessitated the construction of the Media Center. He started television at Assumption with the purchase of TV equipment and a studio to be used for academics, social functions, and the coaching of sports. He also directed the Clark University Language Laboratory for a year and was consultant in French for the McGraw-Hill Book Co. Assumption College conferred upon him the Rev. Joseph Pelletier Appreciation Award and, upon his retirement in December 1994, the President’s Medal from President Joseph H. Hagan.

Roger and Jeannine loved traveling, and during their 60 years of marriage visited 8 National Parks, Hawaii, Disney, Canada, Mexico, 5 Caribbean Islands, Bermuda, and 14 European countries. He loved attending concerts with Jeannine and had the uncanny ability to play piano by ear, provided that the tunes could be played in the key of E Flat Major (3 flats). He was also a jack-of-all-trades and liked every aspect of photography, including the repair and refurbishing of old mechanical cameras. He took thousands of photos, many of which appeared in the Assumption College magazine and various other publications. He once kept in shape swimming laps, but later working on his home and building such things as a back porch, a darkroom and setting up stunning outdoor Christmas displays. He enjoyed watching professional baseball and football but, particularly, individual sports like track, ice-skating and tennis.

Calling hours will be held Friday, March 8. 2024, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. His funeral will be Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption University, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. Entombment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery & Mausoleum, Worcester. Contributions may be made payable to The Assumption Fund, c/o University Advancement, Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.

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Calling Hours
March 8, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Athy Memorial Home
111 Lancaster Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Funeral Mass
March 9, 2024

10:00 AM
Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Assumption University
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609

March 9, 2024

11:30 AM
Notre Dame Cemetery
162 Webster Street
Worcester, MA 01603


The Assumption Fund, c/o University Advancement, Assumption University
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609


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