In Memoriam: Homer R. Delisle


The Institution has received word of the death December 26, 2005 of former employee Homer R. Delisle at his home in East Falmouth of cancer.  He was 71.

Homer Delisle was born and raised in Burlington, VT, where he graduated from Cathedral High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served more than 20 years before retiring as a master sergeant from his last post at Otis Air Force Base. During his years in the Air Force he was stationed at many locations overseas, and he served in both Korea and Vietnam.  He also spent five years in Saudi Arabia working for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.

He moved to Falmouth in 1970, and joined the Institution staff as a security guard in 1972.  He left WHOI in 1975 but returned in 1979 as a clerk in the Smith Stockroom, where he worked until 1986.  He later worked for Puritan Clothing Co. in the uniform department and most recently as a driver for Habilitation Assistance Corp. in Pocasset.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Carlson) Delisle of Falmouth; a daughter, Michele A. Arigo of Plymouth, MA; two sons, David A. Delisle and Daniel A. Delisle, both of East Falmouth; three grandchildren; a brother, Daniel J. Delisle of Texas; and a sister, Joyce M. Delisle, also of Texas.

Visiting hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 28,  at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. December 29 at St. Patrick's Church on Main Street in Falmouth. Burial is private.

Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA, 1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632 or to Hospice & Pallative Care of Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.


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