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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
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Bon-Ventura Rocque

Bon-Ventura "Venny" Rocque Jr.

Thursday, July 8th, 1954 - Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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Bon-Ventura “Venny” Rocque, Jr. - age 65, of Lancaster Road, died December 5, 2019 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Augusta, Maine on July 8, 1954 the son of Bon-Ventura Rocque, Sr. and Shirley, G. (Shaw) Rocque and the oldest of six children. Venny married Sonya Marsh-Rocque on July 6, 1991 and together they built a beautiful home and family.
Venny attended Augusta schools, graduating from Cony High School. Class of 1973.
One of his fondest memories was being one of the original members of the Sharpies Cossack Drill Team and the Boy Scouts. Later on, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Andrews Church in Augusta.
He was employed by Blouin Motors for most of his working career as a Gold Tech Master Mechanic. While employed by Blouin Motors, he received many awards for his high level of technical service achievements given to him by Hyundai Motor America.
Venny loved all things with a motor and could fix and build anything. He enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to hunt and later camping, hiking and traveling with his family. He was especially fond of his dog, Nico, who accompanied Venny on their many walks together. Venny was very proud of his Portuguese ancestry.
Venny is predeceased by his father, Bon-Ventura Rocque, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Sonya Marsh-Rocque of Pittston, ME; his mother, Shirley Rocque of Augusta, ME; three sons: Jon R. Rocque of Augusta, ME, Christopher Rocque of Sidney, ME and Jason Rocque of Chelsea, ME; one daughter, Jennifer Rocque-Averill of Sumner, ME; one step-son, Ryan Palman of Mechanicsburg, PA; two brothers: William Rocque of Augusta, ME and Michael Rocque of Vassalboro, ME; three sisters: Shirlie Ann Ortiz, Cheryl Ramerez and Janice Rice, all of Augusta, ME; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
There are no public visiting hours scheduled. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday December 14, 2019 at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or your local Boy Scout Troop.
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    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 2:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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Greg Dow

Posted at 08:03pm
Rest easy my old friend - you were taken too soon. A lot of good memories that will never be forgotten. You were a good friend and a decent person, and I guess that is something that we should all strive for. See you down the road.

Christopher Rocque

Posted at 06:53pm
My father died a week ago. I knew this day would come but I still wasn’t prepared. I don’t think that I would ever be. I have been reminiscing about all the memories that we shared and all the life lessons that he taught me. I would like to share some of them, although it’s hard to start because they are all rushing back to me at once.

One of the earliest lessons I learned was when I was four or so and I was upset with my mother for something, probably for saying “no” to me, and I slapped her on the leg. This is where I learned never to hit a lady. Let alone my own mother. I’ll just say I never hit a female again. My father loved everything mechanical and that meant that we would always be playing with or riding something cool. To include my first atc: a Honda 90, my first mini bike: An Artic Cat Whisker, several on/off road go karts, gas powered r/c van and as I got older the dirt bikes got bigger. Oh yeah, we had a Volkswagen dune buggy also.

Animals, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors were all important to my father. From my earliest recollection we had pets and farm animals. Pigs, chickens, turkeys and even ducks. I remember Dad waking me up at 3:00 am to catch the pigs and put them back in their pen after getting out. Another memory is coming home to a yard full of mangled turkeys, some still alive. I believe that we concluded that our rescue Collie “bo” attacked them. That story reminds me of another life lesson that I had learned from my father and that is if you come across a wounded animal, putting it down is not cruel but showing mercy. Not only did he have to do this with the turkeys but one day while riding in our dune buggy we came across a ground hog that was injured and couldn’t move. Dad explained that we couldn’t leave him there suffering and defenseless, so he showed him mercy. Now this is a lesson that does not pertain to everybody but when you come from a family of hunters it does.

I never got into fishing as much as Dad would have hoped but the memories, we made fishing are priceless. My dad, brother, sometimes my Uncle and Great Grandfather, would spend time during the summers at my Great Uncle’s cabin on Moosehead Lake fishing. During the winters I remember going to different ponds and lakes throughout the state ice fishing. Every time we would drive right out to a spot in Dad’s truck and I was usually asking “is this ice thick enough?!”

As I got older, I realized that I should pay closer attention to what Dad was doing when he was building our homes or fixing our cars. Instead of focusing the flashlight on the bolt he was removing or holding the board he was sawing, he had me turning the wrenches, doing the measuring and cutting. Coaching that Dad gave me such as “measure twice, cut once” and “you need compression, spark and fuel for it to run” became invaluable and is the reason that I am self-reliant today.

He was also a sheepdog. Up until this point I did not know this side of him existed, but we were on our way to a concert. It was 1985 and he was taking me to see Ozzy Osbourne. Yes, Ozzy Osbourne! We stopped at the store and on Dad’s way out I noticed that he had walked up to a group of guys and got in the face of one. The incident was short and when he got back to the car, I asked him what was going on. Dad stated a group of guys had another guy surrounded and overheard them chastising this guy for his earing, femininity or something along those lines. Dad explained that he made it his business when he observed a person being bullied for ignorant reasons.

Perhaps the most important lesson learned is the moment I told him that Cindy and I were pregnant. Dad stated with conviction that my life as a carefree young man was over and that now I must become a provider. I learned all these lessons by watching Dad live them. I love you Dad and thanks for helping me become the man I am.- Love Chris


linda ball

Posted at 05:12pm
Sonya, I'm so very sorry to hear about Venny, my heart is breaking for you and your family. You're in my thoughts, hoping memories of happier times is helping you through these difficult days. Take care of yourself.... Linda Ball

Donna Lee White

Posted at 12:56pm
Dear Sonya and family - sending you peace, prayers and blessings. Rest In Peace Venny.
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Julie R.

Posted at 11:02am
To the Rocque family ,
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this sad time. May you always remember the good memories and keep them close to your heart.

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