Roderick “Rod” Boucher of Chelmsford

Roderick “Rod” Boucher peacefully passed away on May 31, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.  Rod was born on November 3, 1935 in Hartford, CT, son of Delphis and Mary (Riordan) Boucher. He leaves his wife Anne (McGowan) Boucher, his sons, Michael Boucher of Goffstown, NH, Richard Boucher of Fitchburg, MA, and daughters Elizabeth Gilman of Gilman, CT, and Catherine DaSilva of Chelmsford, MA, grandchildren, James Vigg, Tiffany Gravel, Angela Vigg, Sergio DaSilva, Matthew DaSilva, Sara DaSilva, and Jennifer Larsen, a sister, Lucie Miller of Hampton, NH, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Parker, a sister, Mary Ellen Bellew, and a brother, John Boucher.

Rod attended Natchaug School and Windham High School in Willimantic CT.  He attended Providence College on a track scholarship graduating with a B.S. degree in 1957.  At graduation he received the Mal Brown Award as the senior athlete best typifying the qualities of sportsmanship, courage, and honor.  After graduation he attended US Navy Officer Candidate School, receiving a commission and then served three years active duty as an Engineering Officer.  His working career was spent in the medical device industry as a quality and manufacturing engineer and manager with several companies including American Optical, Analogic, Karl Storz Endovision and Zoll Medical where he was a founding employee.  During his early work career he received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.

Rod was active in youth sports as a coach for his children and grandchildren in basketball, softball, and little league baseball and closely followed his grandchildren’s participation in sports at the high school and college level.  He continued his distance running career after his children were grown, competing in various road races and completing five Boston Marathons.  He supported various charities and served as a volunteer at the House of Hope homeless shelter.

At his request, there will be no visitation and a private funeral mass.  In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in his memory to either, Catholic Charities, Dana Farber Jimmy Fund, or Chelmsford Community Exchange.  Arrangements are by DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex St., St., Chelmsford 978-256-4040.  Online guestbook is available at

6 Condolences for Roderick “Rod” Boucher of Chelmsford

    Christine Majeskey

    Our condolences and sympathy to Cathy and family. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Boucher at a social event. He was such a pleasant person and made us feel welcomed. We hope your memories of your growing up times with your dad, bring you peace at this difficult time.
    With sympathy,
    The Majeskey family:
    Chris, Erik, and Erika


    Jocelyn Clark

    My sympathy to Cathy and her family. Take this time to remember all the good times you had with your dad and lean on each other for support.
    With Sympathy,
    Jocelyn Clark


    Suzanne T Lavallee

    My sympathy to cathy and family . Have many good memories with ur dad raise u and alots of love support…

    Love suzanne


    Andy Thibeault

    Rod Rest in peace. You were a great friend when we both worked at Zoll. My condolence goes out to the family. Rod was a great guy.


    James M Hall

    Rod,It was a pleasure to meet you and grow to become close friends. You always had a smile on your face whenever we would run into you.The love and kindness that you exuded will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Rod until we meet again. ♥️ Jim and Patty Hall and family.


    Bob Vigg

    Rod Boucher was one of the greatest men I ever had the pleasure of befriending. He excelled in everything he did. Full of wisdom, goodwill, common sense, industrias, and well mannered. Despite all those great characteristics, Rod was the most humble person I’ve ever met. The Lord is blessed to have Rod with him. RIP and thanks for those lessons in life!


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