PINELLAS PARK, FL — The Florida sunshine dimmed for a moment on Friday, March 16, 2012 as Richard Allen Rousseau, 77, passed away at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas County, with his beloved wife, Nancy at his side. His sweet soul found peace after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Rousseau, of Tierra Verde, FL; a son, Mitchell, his wife Janet, and children Jessica, Megan and Ryan of Brunswick; a son, Gary, his wife Laurel and child Anthony of Brunswick; a son, Glen, his wife Tracy and children Luccas and Hannah of Bowdoin; a brother, Ronald Bigelow of Port Orange, FL and a sister, Adrian ( Sis) Adams of East Andover, NH.

Dick was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley (Dustin) Rousseau, his father, Almedos Rousseau and his mother, Sabina Yacopucci Bigelow. Dick’s family includes a step- daughter Leslie Souliere, her husband Michael and children Zachary and Garrett of Williamsburg, VA and a step-daughter Kristen Staub, her husband Brewer and child Mason of Boynton Beach, FL.

His last 12 years of life were spent in Tierra Verde, FL where he and his wife enjoyed travel, boating and their many friends. Born in Franklin, NH on June 19, 1934, Dick eventually settled with his family on Orrs Island.

Dick joined the United States Marine Corps in 1951 at the age of 17, serving until 1954 including a tour in Korea. Dick then served in the Reserve Corps until 1959, while at the same time returning to school. His education culminated in his graduation in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire.

Working in the health care industry in Brunswick and other communities throughout the state, Dick founded numerous nursing homes and care facilities. Even in retirement, Dick continued to serve as proprietor of many of his business ventures including, Montello Heights Assisted Living, Montello Manor Nursing Home, and Assisted Home Care, all in Lewiston. Dick credited dear friend and colleague, Ronald Coffin, with giving him his start in the health care industry.

Dick faced life with a smile and quite often with a joke. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by his family and friends.

Friends and loved ones are invited to a ‘Remembrance Gathering’ on Friday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin- Tilton Road in Tilton, NH. Military honors will be provided by members of the U. S. Marine Corps Honor Guard at the Memorial Home. Dick will be laid to rest privately in the Rousseau Crypt at Park Cemetery in Tilton, NH. A ‘Celebration of Life’ gathering will be held in Tierra Verde, FL on Sunday, April 1. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Woodside Hospice at 6770 102nd Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.

For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.

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