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Joseph A. Gauthier Sr. 1959-2020

Joseph Anthony Gauthier Sr. died peacefully on June 9, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. He was born on May 12, 1959 in Norwich, CT to the late Irving Gauthier of Uncasville, CT and to the late Elizabeth "Betty" (LaCharite) Bagley of Carolina, RI. He is survived by his four children and eight grandchildren; Joseph Gauthier Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Pereya of Pawtucket, RI with their two children, Jezabel and Jodani; Jason Gauthier and his wife Brittany of North Stonington, CT with his son Leland; Jessica Gauthier of Westerly, RI with her two children Lucas Urbowicz and Zaniya Harris and Jennifer Jones and her husband Craig of Westerly, RI with their three children, Camren, Jasmine and Carter. He is also survived by his eight brothers and sisters; Norman Gauthier and his wife Sally of Oakdale, CT; Robert Gauthier and his wife Connie of Niantic, CT; Patty (Bagley) White and her husband Brett of Springfield, VA; Larry Bagley and his wife Laurie of Stonington, CT; Edward Gauthier of Norwich, CT; Kathleen Vega of Norwich, CT; Mary Kripps of Uncasville, CT and Robert Mosier Jr. of Norwich, CT. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well. "I laid in my bed staring up at the ceiling and wondered why I felt bad for him. Why I felt sad for him. I mean he was the one who broke me after all, and while I could feel all me broken pieces floating around inside me and should have been angry at him, for some reason I just wasn't. Maybe somewhere far in the back of my mind I knew he didn't do it on purpose. Maybe somewhere deep in the core of my heart I knew he was a good guy who made a really bad mistake. Or maybe a part of me knew that breaking us broke him too. I dont know. But instead of being angry at him, I felt bad and sad for him and ended up praying and asking God to help heal him too." A celebration of life will be held on August 2, 2020 for family and friends.

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