Roger Raymond Potvin
Roger Raymond Potvin
  • February 18, 1941 - August 5, 2017
  • Uncasville, Connecticut

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Uncasville - Roger Raymond Potvin, age 76, of Uncasville passed away peacefully at his home on August 5, 2017.  He was born in Springfield, MA on February 18, 1941 to the late Leo William and Aldona Louise (Ains) Potvin.  

He was a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer for the following 20 years. He later became the co-owner of Camelot Travel Agency until he retired to pursue his passion as a sailing Captain. After his retirement he began his third career as owner and instructor of the American Sailing Academy in New London where he taught over 500 people how to sail aboard his sailboat "Camelot". He embarked on countless sea adventures hallmarked by a sailing voyage from New London to Key West, accompanied by a crew of family and friends. Roger was active in the community and proud of his accomplishments through the Montville Rotary Club, the creation of the WWII Subvets Wall of Honor in Groton, and as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Roger is survived by a son William Roland Potvin of Davenport, FL, and three daughters, Annette Naylor and her husband Everett of Uncasville, Deborah Roberts and her husband Douglas of Colchester, and Jennifer Firmenich and her husband Damien of Switzerland. He is also survived by his partner Sandy Walsh of West Hartford. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Julianne, Jaclyn, and Andrew Martin, Nicholas, Sarah, and Marina Naylor, Patrick and Kyle Roberts, and Brian, Marissa, and Michael Torsiello. He was one of ten children and was also survived by his sisters Jeannette Sommerville, Irene Scanlon, Doris Potvin, and Jeanne Mathis. He was predeceased by his sister Leona Smola, and brothers Omer Potvin, Albert Potvin, Ernest Potvin, and Leo W. Potvin Jr.

Family and friends may visit Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Tpke., Uncasville on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John's Church, 22 Maple Ave, Uncasville on Friday at 10:00 a.m.   Flowers are welcome or as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to The Ledge Light Foundation at  Please visit to leave an online condolence for the Potvin family.