Joseph Emile “Roger” Paquette passed away on November 9, 2010 at Chilliwack, BC at the age of 86 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joyce W. Paquette; his children, Roger (Mariette) , Suzanne (Donald) Lindblad, Deanne Paulson and Anne-Marie Paquette; grandchildren, Brenna Lindblad, Christopher Fromin, Ashley Fromin, Timothy Paulson, Gillian Paulson, Gabrielle Paulson and Emily Fromin.
Roger was born on July 31st 1924, in Montreal, Quebec. He was the son of Emile and Marie Antoniette Paquette. His siblings were Emilienne, Leopold, Lucien, Cecile, Giselle, Jean-Pierre and Maurice.
Roger joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1942 and was stationed in Canada, Germany and Korea. He and Joyce married on June 9, 1945.
While remaining on active duty, he and his family moved to Nelson, BC in 1973. During this time Roger became Forest Assistant of Operations at the BC Department of Forestry. He held this post until 1982 when he moved to Buildings Manager at DTUC until 1988.
He also continued his work with the Air Force, becoming Commander of the Nelson Air Cadet Squadron. He also was President of the Gyro Club.
In 1988, the family moved to Chilliwack for Joyce’s health. In Chilliwack, he served a term as President of the Air Force Association, Vice President of the Korean Veteran’s Association “Unit 24” and Liaison Officer of the Chilliwack Air Cadet Squadron.
Among his numerous awards, Roger received the National Award from the Air Force Association of Canada, and the City of Chilliwack Appreciation Award. On June 1st, 2010 he received a commemorative letter from the President of South Korea, noting his selfless commitment to his service.
Roger was also an avid admirer of astronomy. He became a certified amateur astronomer in 2002 in the Royal Astronomy Society. Roger received the Vatican 50th Anniversary Award and participated in a computer linking program created by UC Berkley to search for Earth-like planets. His astronomy team also participated in the Phoenix Mission to Mars where his name is inscribed on a disk on the planet’s surface. Inspiring younger generations of students to study the stars, Roger built two telescopes for schools. One is located at St. Mary’s Elementary School, in Chilliwack and the other can be found at St. Andrew’s High School in Victoria.
“You’re up in the place you so adored watching, with the planets and the stars”. Your loving family.