Gregory Bessette

Gregory David Bessette
Dec. 5, 1960-May 7, 2011

Greg (Boggie) Bessette passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was a long-time resident of the Brazos Valley, moving here from Fall River, Massachusetts. He was the son of Normand and Toshiko Bessette.

Greg’s heart was given over to Deborah Claire Patranella, and they were married on October 10, 1987. Their marriage was the center of his life, and he was above all a “family man.” He was extremely proud of his son, David Gregory Bessette, and he eagerly anticipated David’s upcoming graduation from Sam Houston University.

He was preceded in death by his father Normand Bessette.

Greg is survived by his wife Deborah Bessette; son, David Bessette; mother, Toshiko Bessette; brothers, Roger Bessette; James Bessette and wife Irene; sister Angie Kaldro; sister, Gloria Bessette and partner Laura Currie; brother-in-law, Frank Patranella and wife Debbie; sister-in-law, Jeanne Maddox and husband Mike; sister-in-law, Rose Rosser and husband Jim. Greg is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Greg had a long, successful career working in the oil field. He was a kind, good- natured man who had love for plants and a passion for fishing. Many weekends he could be found at Birch Creek, fishing off the pier. He will be extremely missed by his family and friends; his passing is a loss to all who were blessed to have known him.

Visitation is set for Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home Chapel the rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Interment will be at College Station Cemetery.

View Gregory’s book of memories online at


  1. John & I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Bessette Family. Words are never enough, but we want you to know that we are praying for Greg’s family and thinking about you at a time of such tremendous loss. Hopefully, you will find loving comfort in the closeness of your family at this time.

  2. Angie, Corinna & Toshika My heartfelt condolences in your time of bereavement know that my thoughts & prayers are with you and Greg”s Family. I sincerely remember meeting Greg on the many occasions I visited with you Angie and fondly recall the many fishing stories Greg related. He truly will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by you all – May the good Lord speed his way above and console his loved ones here. May God Bless & Keep You, Gerald

  3. The news of Boggie’s passing has left us with heavy hearts for all his family. It is our sincere prayer that God will guide you all along in this journey in front of you now. May your memories bring you comfort and healing. David, your Dad will be proudly looking over you as you graduate!

  4. Life is full of ups and downs. But bereavement is a unique happening by itself. It tends to shatter one’s life. We can understand the loss faced by you and indeed it is hard for us to console you. But this is the time when in death, we realize the significance of life and in loss we realize the importance of our valuable dear ones. Please accept our condolences on this sad occasion. May God help you come out of grief soon.

  5. My prayers go out to the family on this unexpected passing. I only worked with Greg for a short time, but he made a lasting impression. God’s peace to all.

  6. My Deepest Sympathy to all. It breaks my heart to know the world has lost such a good person as Greg. He was a strong leader and mentor to me over the years and he will sorely missed. However, what he has taught me over the years will continue to live on indefinitly. Not only was Greg a collegue of mine here at Superior, but he was a good friend. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. My prayers will be with you all, and Greg will always live in my heart.
    Respectfully, Tommy Newsom

  7. Dear Bessette Family –

    We are so sad to hear about Greg’s passing. What a handsome guy. We will pray for his soul and for the family.

    Merrilee & Wayne Tronsen
    McHenry IL

  8. My condolences to the family.. Greg was a great neighbor and friend, he will be greatly missed. He touched not only me but everyone that had the honor of knowing him. May the lord bring peace and comfort to his family at this time of great loss. Cecilia Green

  9. Dear Deborah, David, Meme’, Roger, Angie, Jimmy, Gloria and all the Bessette grandchildren,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are definately in our thoughts and prayers at this very hard time. God Bless You and give you comfort.
    Love, Ann Bessette and Jayne Liptrot

  10. May you find comfort in your husband’s and fathers memories, and strength in the companionship of the life you shared together. Your tears are not unnoticed by the Creator of Life and I certainly hope that the help God can give at this time will make a difference. Although I have not personally met the family I pray the tender mercy that God has always shown be with you now so you will know that you are not alone and may the prayers of others help in some small way to bring you strength and comfort and courage each day. Soon He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord will certainly wipe the tears from all faces Isaiah 25:8. Revelation 21:4 mentions a time when He will wipe all our tears away and death and sorrow and pain will be no more. May these thoughts from the Bible bring you hope.

  11. I am very sad to hear about Greg. Even though we did not stay in touch I have thought of Greg many times throughout the years. We had so much fun going to ” Durfee ” , many good memories. My thoughts are with all of the Bessettes.

  12. To my Lovely Sister, Deborah; My handsome Nephew David you make us very proud and the Beautiful Mrs. “B”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our hearts are breaking as we come to the realization of Greg’s passing. We love you all and we will always remember the good times that we had with Greg. David, his light will always shine on in you. God Bless you all and hold you close in your time of need. Jim, Rose & Family

  13. To the Bessette family….To let you know that others share the sorrow and the loss you bear. We are sure he will be missed. Sorry we are not able to attend the funeral but our thoughts will be with you.

    Uncle Roger/Betsy and family

  14. Our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Gregory. Sue,Krystyna Ayers & Tom Cotter

  15. It was with shock and disbelief that we heard of Greg’s passing. A man with great compassion for others and a deep and abiding love for Deborah, David, his Mom and all his brothers and sisters, will be deeply missed. Words cannot express what an incomprehensible sorrow this is and how unknowingly his life touched others. Greg made a difference and that legacy will not die. It lives on through all of you. God bless the Bessette family, now and forever.

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