Cusson, Rudolph Leander “Rudy”

Rudolph (Rudy) Leander Cusson, 95, of Canton died peacefully on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Rudy was born August 4, 1922 in Killingly, son of the late Joseph and Rose Cusson. He spent the years of his youth in the Killingly/Moosup area. He completed Military Training in Fort Adams, RI in 1938. From 1941 to 1946 Rudy was in active service in the US Navy, serving his country during WWII. His assignments included Aircraft Maintenance Gunner and Flight Deck Director. He is a survivor of the USS Wasp CV7 Aircraft Carrier that was torpedoed in the Pacific by the Japanese, where he floated for 6 hours in difficult waters until rescued and many of his shipmates perished. He was later assigned to the USS Prince William Aircraft Carrier and the USS Thetis Bay Aircraft Carrier. His Overseas Tours include Reinforcement of Malta (1942), Guadalcanal (Capture/Defense) (1942-43), Solomon Islands (1943-45), Eastern New Guinea (1942-44), and Iwo Jima Operation (1945). Rudy was honorably discharged from the service as a 1st Class Petty Officer in August, 1947. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, The European Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal as a result of his proud service.
Soon after returning home to CT, he proposed to his first wife and love of his life, Shirley (Moran) Cusson. Together they built their home in Farmington where they brought up 2 beautiful daughters Lee Ann and Judy. During this time, Rudy developed a love of flying. He and his family enjoyed their time flying all over New England in his airplanes, camping under the wing, and fully enjoying each other’s company. After 30 years of marriage and after caring for his wife Shirley for many years, she passed away at the early age of 47. About 5 years later, Rudy met Lois Feingold, who became his wife of 27 years. He and Lois spent many happy years in Boca Raton, FL where he made wonderful friends, enjoying the 4:30 martini hours at the airport. Rudy was Manager and shareholder of Boca Raton Aviation Hangers and he flew clients for aerial views of real estate. He also loved taking his daughter Lee on trips to the islands. After Lois passed in 2006, Rudy returned to CT to live with his daughter Lee. Rudy and Lee once again became inseparable, living a joyous life together. Rudy also became active in the VFW of Avon.
Rudy was pre-deceased by his wives, Shirley (Moran) Cusson and Lois (Feingold) Cusson, by his daughter Judith (Cusson) Kowalchuk and her husband Andy, and by his brother Gerald Cusson and his sister Lorraine Tedesco. He leaves his beloved daughter Lee Ann Houston, his grandchildren Kellee M. Cote and her husband Jonny, Daniel Houston and his better half Jessica, Michael Kowalchuk, Amy Ortiz and her husband Manny, his 3 great-grandchildren, Dillon Ortiz, Jade Ortiz, and Desmond Jon Cote. He also leaves his stepson Daniel Feingold, a beloved longtime family friend Paul Campbell, many nieces, nephews, and special friends from the VFW of Avon that continued to visit with him in his final days. Last, he leaves behind his special 4 legged friend named Cooper, who he enjoyed his walks with.
The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the Avon Visiting Nurse Hospice Care… Jackie, Laure, and Barbara.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main Street, Unionville followed by burial with full military honors in St. Mary Cemetery, Huckleberry Hill Road in Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign War, P.O. Box 297, Avon, CT 06001 where Rudy was actively involved and spent his later years enjoying good friends and fellowship.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea ~ Unionville


St. Mary Cemetery ~ Avon

Memorial Contribution

Veterans of Foreign War, P.O. Box 297, Avon, CT 06001

One Response to 'Cusson, Rudolph Leander “Rudy”'

  1. Debra Provost says:

    Dear Lee,
    Extending heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Father, may the comfort of family and friends help you at this difficult time.

    With my deepest sympathy,
    Debbie (Shustock) Provost

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