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Joseph "Norman" Rabideau

March 27, 1945 ~ March 25, 2022 (age 76)

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Joseph Norman Rabideau, 76, of Plainville, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Friday, March 25, 2022.  He is now reunited with his beloved wife, JoAnn (Newport) Rabideau, who predeceased him in 2005. 

Born in Hartford on March 27, 1945, he was one of four children to the late Philip and Lucille (Gosselin) Rabideau.  Norm, as he was known to many, was a longtime Plainville resident, and Sharpshooter while serving his country in the US Army, having been honorably discharged in 1967.  He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, JoAnn, in 1968, sharing the next 37 years together.  Norm was a hard working family man, who devoted himself to providing for his wife, two daughters, and two sisters-in-law that he raised as his own children.  A proud husband and father, he relished in becoming a fun-loving “Poppy” to his three grandchildren.  Norm found pleasure in life’s simple things; a bowl of homemade popcorn, retreats to Mohegan to double down on the poker slots, card games, bird watching, and satisfying his sweet tooth.  A lover of any and all game shows, he also found entertainment in watching football and the lady Huskies.  Remembered for his love for his family and his sense of humor, he will be missed beyond measure, leaving many cherished memories that will forever bring a smile to the faces of those who loved him.

He is survived by his daughters, Stacey Michalic, her husband Erik and their children, Riley and Joseph; Dena Tracey, her son Jeffrey and her partner, Andre Tavaris; his sister, Cecelia Theriault; sisters-in-law, Betty Zareck and Marie Tanuis; his former son-in-law, Richard Tracey; many nieces, nephews and dear friends, including his best buddies Roger Letendre and Mike Bakaysa; and his 5 grand-dogs who were by his side to the end.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Andrew and Alfred and by his dog “Buddy.”

Honoring Norm’s wishes, his family will celebrate his life with private services.  The staff at Plainville Funeral Home extends their gratitude to the Rabideau family for their trust.  For online expressions of sympathy, please visit


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