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Thomas J. Bouquard, fire captain, author Oct. 1, 1933 -- Dec. 22, 2006

A Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas Joseph Bouquard of Raleigh, N.C., a retired Buffalo Fire Department captain and author of two books on arson, will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 6 in St. Edmund Catholic Church, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Bouquard, a native of Buffalo and former resident of Amherst, died Dec. 22 in his home in Raleigh after a long illness. He was 73.

He was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and the University at Buffalo. He served as a radarman aboard the USS Sullivans during the Korean War.

Mr. Bouquard later was a New York State trooper before joining the Buffalo Fire Department. He won numerous awards for bravery during his 38 years as a firefighter. He retired in 1991.

In 1995, he moved to Florida, where he lived until last September, when he moved to North Carolina to be near relatives.

Known for his fascination with the history of fire, he was the author of two books on arson, including "Arson Investigation: The Step-by-Step Procedure." His books are used for training and in classrooms worldwide.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Isabelle Sette; three daughters, Denise M., Renee R. Olivieri and Michelle A. Hickey; and two sisters, Geraldine Burke and Donna M. Hall.


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