January 7, 1923 ~ August 6, 2001

Born in: Indian Orchard, Mass.,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Roger R. Bisson, 78, of 242 Olympic Court, Leicester, died Monday, August 6, 2001, at his home after a long illness.

He was born January 7, 1923, in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts to the late Alphone L. and Leonie Pigeon Bisson. He served in the Army during WW II and the Korean conflict attaining the rank of Captain. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Order of the Purple Heart.

Following military service he graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his graduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was for 23 years a language professor at UNC Wilmington and more recently at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

He is a past president of the 12th Armored Division Association.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Blanks-Bisson; two sons, Barry Bisson, his wife, Laura and granddaughters Noelle and Bianca of Petaluma, CA, and Bruce Bisson of New Hampshire; one daughter Betsy Bisson of Hendersonville; two step-daughters, Nancy Hamm of Jefferson, MD and Rebecca House of Maui, HI; and two step-sons, Robert Blanks of Oxen Hill, MD and Don Blanks of Leicester.

There will be at memorial service later for friends and family.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 50 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801; the American Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, Two Hanover Square, Suite 1600, Raleigh, NC 27601, or to Save the Children, 9 1/2 Reed Street, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. NANCY,
    WE WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF ROGERS PASSING. WE KNOW YOU BOTH HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT. MAY GOD GIVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THE STRENGHT YOU’LL NEED DURING THE WEEKS TO COME. IF THERE IS ANYTHING WE CAN DO FOR YOU PLEASE LET KNOW. YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
    LOVE AND PRAYERS,
    CVS EMPLOYEES

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  2. My mother and I remember fondly the days of Mr. Bisson and other Scouting parents tracking down hikers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. We shall miss Roger, too, and we extend our sympathies to all the family members. Our prayers are with you.

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  4. Dear Bisson family,
    I was a WCU student that majored in French from 1982-86. Monsieur Bisson was one of my favorite professors. I have fond memories of his teaching, sense of humor, excellent wit (both in English and in French) and the great parties for the Modern Foreign language Dept. at the Cullowhee home. Unfortunately I also remember the raised eyebrow frown when I neglected my ‘Francais Commerciale’ homework.(smile) I just found out about your loss today and I am sorry.

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