Louis Bougie, 93, of Clinton passed away on Nov. 5. Louis was born in the Bronx, New York, on June 7, 1926. He was the son of Joseph and Gertrude (St. Pierre) Bougie. Louis was predeceased by his brother Raymond. Louis lost his loving wife Margaret in 2009 after 59 years of marriage. He was predeceased by his son James Bougie. He is survived by his daughter Jane Martini of Leland, North Carolina; his daughter-in-law Alicia Bougie of Manchester; his son Stephen Bougie of Seabrook, New Hampshire; and his daughter Suzanne and son-in-law Dana Kurylo of Winchendon, Massachusetts.
He was proudly called “Pops” by his four grandchildren, Justin Wagner and his wife Annmarie, Jeffrey Martini, Lindsay Martini and her fiancé Blair Windham, and Lane Kurylo-Hammond and her husband Rick. His four great-grandsons are Joshua, Andrew, Evan, and Caleb Wagner. He considered his AFS student from 1969 to 1970, Hector Arias Camargo, a son as well.
Louis served in the US Army from August 1944 to June 1946. He used the GI bill to receive his bachelor’s in education from Concord College in West Virginia. He met and married fellow student Margaret Brummett in February 1951. He continued his education to receive his master’s degree from Indiana University.
He was employed by the US government in Washington, DC and then went on to teach in Oxon Hill, Maryland, from 1953 to 1959. He moved his family to Littleton, New Hampshire, to work as a guidance counselor. After a long career in education, Louis spent 27 years as a guidance counselor at Branford High School and retired in 1992.
He was deeply involved in the creation of the Clinton Land Trust. He was honored to serve as president for many years. He enjoyed volunteering at the Clinton Historical Society. Louis had a great appreciation for the ospreys that would nest is the salt marsh behind his home.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton. Donations may be made in his memory to the Clinton Land Trust, PO Box 121, Clinton, CT 06413, or the Clinton Historical Society, 103 E. Main St., Clinton, CT 06413.