POUGHQUAG – Denis J. Rancourt, 80, died peacefully at home on February 14, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Born in Canada on July 2, 1941, Denis was the son of the late Eugene and Florence (Champagne) Rancourt. He was the first member of the Rancourt family to immigrate to the United States in 1966. Denis had a 50 plus year career in the logging and land clearing industry, most notably as owner and operator of Rancourt Land Clearing in Poughquag.
Denis was a parishioner at St. Denis Church in Hopewell Junction where he volunteered and served as an usher for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #4065 in Fishkill and a life member of the Beekman Fire Department. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
He is survived by his wife, Liette (Carrier) Rancourt at home; his children, Lucie Rancourt of Arlington, MA, Tania Morelli and her husband Tony of North Wales, PA, and Peter Rancourt and his wife Rachael of Hopewell Junction; his grandchildren, Theodore, Mathieu, Luke, Bennett, Monica, Lianna, Frankie, Peter Jr., and Ryan; his siblings and their spouses, Julien (Solange) Rancourt, Jacques (Andrees) Rancourt, Elie (Christine) Rancourt, Richard (Gisele) Rancourt, Guy (Lucille) Rancourt, Michel (Alice) Rancourt, and Odette (Daniel) Rancourt; his sister-in-law, Agathe Rodrigue; his brother-in-law, Gauthier (Laurier); and many nieces and nephews. IN addition to his parents, Denis was also predeceased by his siblings, Romuald Rancourt and Francine Rancourt.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4-8 pm at 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday at 11 am at St. Denis Church, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction followed by burial at St. Denis Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice.