Jamestown Board of Public Utilities officials held a moment of silence in memory of a longtime employee who recently passed away.
“Dennis A. ‘Denny’ Bouquin, 43, passed away (Aug. 22),” said David Leathers, general manager of the BPU. “Denny worked in the line department for the last 21 years and, for the last several years, he has been a crew chief. Denny was a top-notch individual that will be greatly missed and very fondly remembered. I would like to ask for brief moment of silence to honor his service, the many contributions to his family, friends and the Western New York community.”
While in high school, he was in the electrical program at the Erie-2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES. Bouquin was active with the Boy Scouts much of his life. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and later served as an assistant scout master of Boy Scout Troop 267, based out of the Fredonia Memorial American Legion Post 59.
After graduating from Fredonia High School, he applied for a position as a lineman apprentice with the village of Mayville. According to the obituary submitted by Bouquin’s family, Bouquin was told by the individual who hired him that the fact that Denny was an Eagle Scout distinguished him from the other applicants and was one of the reasons he was hired. From the village of Mayville, Bouquin went to work for the Jamestown Board of Public Utility as a lineman and was currently a crew chief at the time of his passing. He worked 21 years for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. He was a member of the IBEW, Local 459. He was a Past-Commander of the Chautauqua County Sons of the American Legion, having served 2 years in the position. Currently, Bouquin was serving as district vice-commander of the Sons of the American Legion.
Bouquin was a member of many of the social clubs in the area. He was also an avid bowler throughout his life. While in high school he was on the bowling team and was active in junior bowling. Later in life, he bowled a perfect 300 games.
The gravity of this situation was not lost on the BPU’s board members.
“This is truly a heart-breaking loss, felt by everyone,” said Gregory Anderson, BPU board president.