Manchester man has a colorful 90th birthday party

March 18. 2018 11:00PM
The family says George Roberge, left, singing “Little Brown Jug” with his three sons was a highlight of the birthday party. (COURTESY)

George Roberge, center, celebrates his 90th birthday at a party hosted by his seven children, from left, Gloria Proulx, Diane Jorgensen, Don Roberge, Anita Price, Rick Roberge, Steve Roberge and Denise Proulx. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — George G. Roberge’s seven children and their spouses surprised him with a 90th “Irish” birthday celebration March 10 at the Puritan Backroom, which about 100 guests attended.

Mr. Roberge, who officially turned 90 on St. Patrick’s Day, arrived dressed in his traditional green to enjoy the festivities and Irish music by The O’Gills.

Among the guests were his 94-year-old sister Stella Bourgeois, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. 

A photo display depicted his childhood, military service, marriage, family, years in Manchester and the Bronx, N.Y., and lifelong friends. His cake was adorned with a film strip of his portraits growing up.

Mr. Roberge is still active in the community. A longtime parishioner of Ste. Marie Parish, he volunteers as a reader there and at Catholic Medical Center, and is the head accolade for funerals. He enjoys cribbage, cornhole, playing pool, cards, bowling and spending time with his large family. He gets around in his Lincoln Town Car and plans solo getaways this spring to St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

He was born March 17, 1928, to Albert and Alice Roberge, one of six children. He grew up in a musical family, playing guitar and piano, and entertaining with his siblings.

Mr. Roberge enlisted in the Navy in 1945 at age 17 and served until 1949. He then served in the Army Reserve from 1949 to 1952. He is a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and is a 45-year member of The American Legion.

He married Therese Bourque on June 5, 1948. In 1955, with four children, the couple moved to the Bronx, where they lived for 14 years. Their family grew to seven children, and they returned to the West Side of Manchester in 1969. After 54 years of marriage, Terry passed away in 2005.

Mr. Roberge worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years and was an adviser for the American Postal Workers Union. He is a member of the Catholic War Veterans, Legion of 1000 Men at Sisters of the Precious Blood, and a Grand Associate of St. Andre Bessette of St. Joseph’s Oratory.

His father lived to 105 year old. Mr. Roberge is determined, with a little luck of the Irish, to aim for the same.

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