Peabody — Louis J. Robicheau, 87, of Peabody and formerly of Salem, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was the husband of the late Anita I. (Richard) Robicheau.
Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Lorette (Comeau) Robicheau. A veteran of World War II, he served as a gunner’s mate in the Navy in Europe and in the Pacific. Following the war, he returned to the North Shore and worked for several varied manufacturing companies in the greater Salem area.
Louis's great avocation was to advocate for disabled veterans and their families throughout the area. He was an active member of several veteran’s organizations and was past State and National Commander in Chief of the Franco-American War Veterans and Past Commander of the VFW Witch City Post 1524. Louis was a long-time member of the Franco-American War Veterans Lynn Post 10 and the DAV Chapter 84.
Perhaps his most rewarding position was as the VFW’s Head Representative for Recreational Activities at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home where he was also the VFW’s Hospital Chairman. It was in these positions that he was most influential in helping the thousands of veterans and their families over the years.
He is survived by three brothers, Joseph A. Robicheau and his wife, Gloria, Gerald Robicheau, Alphie Robicheau and his wife, Marjorie; and a sister-in-law, Cecile Robicheau. He also leaves his devoted friend and companion, Maria Moisan, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Laurence, Paul and Daley Robicheau, and Emily Lefebvre.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to gather at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St. (Route 114 / 1-A), Salem, on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. to be followed by his funeral Mass in St. James Church, 156 Federal St., Salem, at 9:30 a.m. Visiting hours, in the funeral home, on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home Recreational Fund, Attn: John Davis, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.
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