Thomas Desroches

Thomas George Desroches

Wednesday, December 23rd, 1942 - Saturday, October 17th, 2020
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WATERBURY – Mr. Thomas George Desroches, age 77 of Waterbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday October17th, 2020 at Waterbury Hospital surrounded by the love and comfort of his family after an extended illness. He was the husband of Karen (Hurst) Desroches.

Tom was born December 23rd 1942 in New London, CT the son of the late Wilfred and Geraldine (Ayotte) Desroches. Tom was a graduate of Cheshire High School and spent many years working as a journeyman compositor printer before becoming a technician in the refrigeration and coolant systems industry and proudly served his country with the Connecticut National Guard during the Vietnam War era. Tom was a true people person and enjoyed a position as a livery driver prior to retirement. Although Tom’s work ethic and kind heart defined him — his strongest passions were around his family and friends. He also took great pleasure in driving, showcasing and restoring classic cars. His other “love” (right behind his wife), was his 1969 Opel GT.

Left to honor Tom’s love and legacy include his wife, Karen Desroches of 52 years. His sons Michael Desroches and his wife, Myra and their son Ryland of Bristol and Christopher Desroches of Hamden. In addition, he is also survived by his brother Richard Desroches (Julie) of Lexington, NC and his sisters Jeanine Santos (Ray) of Waterbury, Amy Kacynski (Willie), Leona Santopietro (David) and Lisa Difederico (John) all of Cheshire as well as his sister-in-law Audrey Decker of Clearwater, FL. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and is predeceased by his brother Wilfred “Billy” Desroches, his stepmother Jeanne-Rae Desroches, his sister-in-law Grace Desroches and his brother-in-law Richard Decker.

A walkthrough Memorial Gathering for Tom will be held on Thursday, October 22nd, from 5:00 -7:00pm at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services 1987 East Main St. Waterbury, CT 06705. All governmental restrictions related to Covid-19 will be strictly enforced. Burial services will be held privately at the convenience of his family. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are kindly encouraged to leave an online condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Desroches family on Tom’s tribute page at
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    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Rosemary Murrman

Posted at 05:02pm
Loved Tom, he was one of the funniest guys I have ever known. I am sure is enjoying seeing his old & beloved friends Fred, Jon, & Frank telling stories as usual... Our condolences to his lovely wife, Karen, and his sons ...Rosemary Spagnolo Murrman

Jim & RoseAnn Cunneen

Posted at 11:35am
Mrs. Desroches, Mike & Chris, You all have been in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. Very very sorry for your loss!
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Brenda Kelley

Posted at 05:48pm
Dear Karen, Michael, and Christopher, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Tom. I did not know Tom well but I sure came to know and love him through getting to know his wonderful, talented, and fun son, Michael. I learned about Tom's love of cars from Michael. I enjoyed spending time with all of you at Michael's wedding. You had a long marriage, raised a wonderful family, and served your country! Well done! My sympathies to Karen, Michael and Christopher during this challenging time.

Karen Gay

Posted at 02:21pm
To Karen and family
I'm sorry to hear about Tom. He was always smiling and that's what I will Remember the most about him. We use to have great vacations in Wildwood NJ. RiP Tom you will be missed.

Chris Speranzo

Posted at 09:16am
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As à young girl, I remember Tommy coming to our house to pick up my brother Franny ...always had a smile! What a circle of friends they were and now so many are gone...I pray they are all together in Heaven...My deepest sympathy... Chris Rinaldi Speranzo

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