Jay Octeau, 57, passed away on Monday, June 27th, 2022. He was the loving husband of Jennifer Johnson-Octeau and together they shared 34 years of marriage. Born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 24th, 1965, Jay was the son of Donald and Jeanne Cecille Octeau of Johnston. He was the youngest son of six children.
In 1982, he graduated from Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket. From his freshman year forward, he skated for the high school varsity hockey team. Jay was drafted out of high school to play for the New Jersey Devils. He was also recruited to play college hockey by several universities and ultimately decided to join the Terriers at Boston University. There he was a starting defenseman and his first year they won the ECAC championship. During his junior year he was recruited to train and play with the junior U.S. Olympic Hockey team and was selected as the MVP.
During his time at BU he met his wife, Jennifer, with whom he went on to have three children. After he graduated from BU in 1987, he played professional hockey before retiring to focus on his family and new career. He worked in the hospitality industry as a regional manager for Back Bay Restaurant Group, with his last position being at the Ocean House.
He loved his family, dogs, gardening, working in his yard and helping a friend. He was an impressive cook and enjoyed great food. Besides his wife Jennifer, he leaves his son Jay Christopher, daughter in law Theresa, son Jeremy, and daughter Jillian; grandchildren Amelia and Ronan; siblings Philip and his wife Donna Octeau, Melanie and her husband Douglas Lewis, Michael and his wife Wendy Octeau, Stephen and his wife Ann Octeau, Melissa and her husband Gregory Moore; and 8 nieces and nephews and 2 grand nieces.
A private celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date. Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jay’s name to the WARM Center of Westerly or The American Cancer Society.