April 21, 1928 — March 1, 2018
CORINTH — Jean Baptiste Brosseau, 89, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2018 following a brief illness.
He was born in Pyrites, New York on April 21, 1928 to Veronica Goulette Brosseau and Harry Brosseau, and moved to Corinth, New York at an early age, graduating from Corinth High School in 1945. After brief stints in the Navy and the Boston Conservatory of Music, he joined the Air Force as an accomplished musician. He performed in several Air Force Bands around the country, where his ability to play multiple instruments including the saxophone, clarinet and piano was greatly valued. He eventually transferred to the US Military Academy at West Point where he became the Chief Arranger for the USMA Band. He achieved the rank of Sgt. Major before retiring in 1986. During his tenure in uniform he acquired a degree in music from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York.
His first wife, the former Marion Westcott of Hadley, New York was an avid square dancer and Bucky, as he was known, was the fiddler and caller for many of these events. They met in this way and married in 1951 and raised two children together.
He met his current wife, the former Karen Merrill of Cornwall, New York, through their mutual love of golf and were married in 1984. Following retirement, Bucky and Karen moved to Ruskin, Florida where they continued to pursue their interest in warm weather and golf.
Sgt. Major Brosseau is survived by his wife, Karen Brosseau of Ruskin, Florida; son, John Brosseau of Stony Creek, New York; daughter, Jeanne Barner and her husband Stephen of Jericho, Vermont; sister, Yvonne Melville of Corinth, New York; and brother, Donald Brosseau and his wife, Jean of Keene, New Hampshire.