George P. "Butch" Bessette

George “Butch” P. Bessette, 61, of Dayville, CT passed away September 4, 2021 at UMASS University Hospital in Worcester, MA.  He was born September 4, 1960, in Putnam, CT, son of George P. Bessette, Sr., and Miriam (Baribeau) Borders.  George was the beloved husband of Susan Larkin-Bessette.  They lived most of their married life in Dayville.  Butch had a daughter, Holly Baker and her husband Brian who lives in Dayville, with three beloved Grandchildren Kaylee, Cody, and Logan.  Butch had a step-son Darryl Kinney of Maine. 

Butch also leaves behind many family; three sisters and one brother.  Joanne E. Demars of Danielson and her children Roxanne and Richard who was his God Son, Michele Connolly and her husband Myles of Dudley and her children Sonja Challinor and Steven Integlia, Lisa Wood and her husband Lance of Danielson and their son Hunter, and William “Billy” Roy and fiancée Amy of Danielson.  Butch had four step-brothers and sisters, Al Borders of Killingly, Greg Borders and his wife Cathy of Danielson, Gayle Kryzwda and her husband Frank of NH, and Keith Borders and his wife Tracy of Texas.  In addition he leaves his mother in law Ethel “Dolly” Larkin of Danielson, his brother-in law James Larkin and his wife Annemarie of Pomfret and their children Mason, Cooper, and Avery, his sister-in-laws Sally Larkin of Moosup and Tammy Dexter and her husband James of Sterling and their children Evelyn and Abigail (Paylor).  He also had many Aunts Uncles and Cousins who he loved dearly.

Butch was predeceased by his father George P. Bessette, Sr., his sister Beverly Bessette, his brother Jeremy Bessette, step-father Henry Borders, his God son Chace John Wood, and father in law James “Whit” Larkin.

Butch worked for Killingly Public Schools as a Bus Driver and Trainer for 35 years.  It was his privilege to transport many students throughout his career and train many bus drivers who would not only work for the Town of Killingly but surrounding towns who did not have the resources to support a trainer.  He always had a story to tell about the kids or their teachers that would bring a smile.

Butch attended Ellis Technical School and was a member of the Killingly-Brooklyn Ambulance Corp., and a former member of Valley Springs Sportsmens Club, he loved to fish and would take anyone who was willing including the little ones. Butch and his wife were members of St. Joseph’s Church in Dayville.

Butch lived a full and rewarding life surrounded by family and friends who made it great!

In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made in memory of George Bessette to UMASS Memorial Healthcare, Organ Transplant Program, UMASS Memorial Office of Philanthropy, 365 Plantation Street, Biotech One, Worcester, MA 01605 or the Chace John Wood Memorial Scholarship fund 18 Deerwood Drive, Dayville, CT 06241.

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Friday, September 10, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Gagnon and Costello Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds Street, Danielson, CT, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at St. James Church, 12 Franklin Street, Danielson, CT, burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Danielson, CT. Share a memory at Gagnonandcostellofh.com