SOUTHBRIDGE: Constance Esther (Bertrand) Thompson: July 5, 1937 – October 6, 2022.
Known to the most important people in her life as Mom or Meme, Connie leaves behind a legacy of personal strength, love of family, tenacity, determination and a little bit of stubbornness, all of which she generously passed on to her family.
Her daughter Tracy Morales and her husband Pete were by her side as she passed, as they have been every day of her life.
Besides Tracy, she leaves behind multiple generations of love. Her granddaughter Tarsha Huftalen was her fiercest advocate and protector, and shares many of her same passions in life. She has great-granddaughters McKenzie and Mia thanks to Tarsha and her husband Steve. Her grandson AJ Colon walked a path to Meme’s door everyday after school. AJ and his partner Laynie gave Connie great-grandchildren Caedon, Brody and Amelia. Granddaughter Gabrielle Morales made Meme’s favorite peanut butter cookies. And Grandson Peter Morales was taller than her by 8 years old and loved eating all the cookies Gabrielle made for Meme.
Connie was pre-deceased by Tarsha and AJ’s father Albert (Beatle) Colon whom she loved like a son.
Connie’s life revolved around her family, a constant in her grandchildren’s lives as they grew up. An unwavering supporter and champion of them, always confident in their ability to succeed and be happy in life. Our family is heartbroken, but thankful for having her in our lives for so long, and all the amazing memories we get to keep forever.
A lover of all things Elvis, putting together puzzles and watching every Red Sox game, especially her favorite player – “Big Papi” David Ortiz. Except this year. This year she said they were just too bad to watch. Tons of trips to Taco Bell and Pharos Pizza, her Thanksgiving stuffing that was everyone’s favorite, and drinking the occasional miniature can of Budweiser. The vocabulary of a truck driver – God Damnit, hell and asshole were used as adjectives and punctuation. She loved games and playing cards – pitch was always a favorite. Playing with walkie-talkies. Midnight calls on New Year’s. Trips to the casino to use the slot machines, and bingo anywhere she could play, even if it meant a Thanksgiving edition over Zoom with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All the times she made pasta sauce, lasagna, chicken and dumplings, oatmeal cookies and squash pie. And a lover of ALL the snacks – ice cream, danishes (especially apricot), candy, Twizzlers, lollipops, chips and anything else full of sugar. The unforgettable smile she had beaming across her face each time she held one of her great-grandchildren for the first time.
Connie is pre-deceased by siblings Richard Bertrand, Roger Bertrand, Norman Bertrand, Ruth LaFlash and Therese Prunier.
She leaves behind siblings Antonio Bertrand and Shirley Buchanan.
In place of calling hours, we hope you will take time to celebrate Connie’s life by spending a little extra time with your family, creating a new memory for you to cherish in her honor. As we will do privately.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 10 Judith Road, Worcester, MA 01602.
Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home 51 Marcy St. Southbridge, is directing arrangements.
An Online guestbook is available at www.BelangerFuneralHome.com