Joseph A. "Archie" Rousseau

February 25, 1929January 5, 2014

Joseph A. Rousseau, “Archie,” age 84, of Swansea, passed away, Sunday, January 5, 2014 in Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Vivian T. (Fortier) Rousseau to whom he has been married for the past 62 years.

Born in Rehoboth, a son of the late Joseph and Angelina (Vermette) Rousseau, he lived in Rehoboth before moving to Swansea in 1951.

A graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School, class of 1947, he served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and was discharged as Corporal.

Mr. Rousseau was employed by Rousseau General Contractors in Swansea for many years and was a volunteer Fire Fighter with the Swansea Fire Department for over 30 years retiring as Chief. He was a member of the American Legion in Swansea post 303.

An avid Red Sox fan, he enjoyed playing in his card league on Tuesday evenings, taking trips to the Casino, golfing, hunting, gardening, and woodworking. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter; Susan Woodruff and her husband James of Swansea, one son; Thomas Rousseau and his companion Jessica Donnell of Acton, ME, three sisters; Rose Axon of NM, Lillian Andrews of Rehoboth and Jeanette Nadeau and her husband Oscar of Swansea, four granddaughters; Kris Vigue and her husband Duane of Millinocket, ME, Jill Pacheco and her husband Michael of Somerset, Sara Lambert and her husband Daniel of Swansea, Jennifer Rousseau and her fiancé Nic Kiefer of Salem, MA, five great-grandchildren; Tyler Nadeau, Nathan Lambert, Olivia and Isaac Pacheco, and Salmon Vigue, and several nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late Imelda Dias, Ora Rose, Anita Massarotti, and Ernest, Armand, Lucien, Alcide and Albert Rousseau.

His Funeral will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:00AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at BIRCHCREST, 189 Gardner’s Neck Rd., Swansea, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:00AM in St. Dominic’s Church, 1277 G.A.R. Highway, Swansea. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00PM. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Nathan Lambert Fund c/o Southcoast Federal Credit Union, 363 Highland Ave., Fall River, MA 02720. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Swansea.



  • Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, January 9, 2014


  • Burial

Joseph A. "Archie" Rousseau

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Bob Mello SR

January 9, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Chief Rousseau. I served as a firefighter in station 1 at the time he served as Chief. I have many good memories. May God watch over you and your family during this time of sorrow.

January 8, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Archie and my father were friends for so many years. I hope they are both together now, smiling on us. He will be greatly missed. Wishing you all peace Diane Eddy

January 7, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss Vivian. I will say prayers also for Nathan.

Linda Farley (Shirley Bateson's daughter)

Susan Cardin

January 7, 2014

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Pamela (Pelletier) Nickerson

January 7, 2014 many good memories of my dad, Paul's, friendship with Archie. They had many laughs together and I loved hearing their stories. So sorry.
Pamela (Pelletier) Nickerson

Fire Chief Stephen Rivard (ret)

January 7, 2014

I was saddened to hear of Chief Rousseau's passing. I had the pleasure of serving with Archie as a Fire Chief and have some wonderful memories of that time. He was a true professional and more importantly a good friend. May he rest in eternal peace.

Mary lou & Will Williams

January 7, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

The Bratburd family

January 7, 2014

Sara and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer for you is for God's comfort and peace to surround you in the difficult days and weeks ahead.

January 6, 2014

A true gentleman to friends and family,always eager to give rather than receive. Archie will be missed by too many.Susan,Jimmy, family and friends,we are so sorry., Jack and Pam Skammels

Donna Matthews

January 6, 2014

Our sympathy to the Rousseau family. We will miss Archie. We have lost another Swansea icon.