SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 28, 2013

Eugene J. LeBlanc, 93


Middleton — Mr. Eugene LeBlanc, 93, of Middleton. Beloved husband of the late Rita J. (Laberge) LeBlanc. Father of the late Linda Anne LeBlanc.

Born in Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada, he was the son of the late Philomon and Delphine (Belliveau) LeBlanc. At the age of 8, Eugene and his family moved to Lynn where he attended the former St. Jean the Baptiste School.

A veteran of World War II, he served his country in the United States Army in the 244th Combat Engineers. He served during the Normandy Invasion and during the Battle of the Bulge. His main jobs were building the floating bridges across the Elbe and Rhine rivers during the final push to overtake Berlin and the planting and defusing of tank and land mines to advance the cause of the allied forces, all the while coming under intense fire from land and air attacks.

After his discharge from the service, Eugene married Rita and moved to the Town of Middleton in 1947. Together they raised a family of four children, Suzanne, Linda, Jean and John.

Eugene worked for the General Electric Company in Lynn for over forty-two years as a carpenter and a machine repair mechanic.

Eugene also spent many years giving back to the town of Middleton. He served on many town boards. The Town Master Plan Committee, Planning Board, 250th Anniversary Committee, Ipswich River Watershed and the Town Board of Selectman are some of the many Boards and Committees to which he offered his time and energy. Gene loved the town and was instrumental in much major problem solving and decision making through the 1960s to the 1990s. He was so proud when the town dedicated the “Town of Middleton,”- 1999 Annual Report to him. Quote: “Gene, for your energy and wisdom we admire you. For your commitment to the Town of Middleton we thank you. It is an honor to dedicate the last Annual Report of the twentieth century to a person who has had such great influence in shaping the character of Middleton over the last thirty years.”

He will be greatly missed for his upbeat attitude and friendly demeanor. Eugene is survived by his daughters: Suzanne Wright and her husband Gail, Jean Stuart and her husband Jack, all of Tavares, Florida, his son John LeBlanc and his wife Deborah of Middleton, his dear friend Ann Horvath of Middleton, grandchildren, Jeremy Wherren, Carol & Aaron Cornelius, Justin Werner, Heather LeBlanc and Holly & Ryan Rubchinuk; great-grandchildren Emma and John Rubchinuk, his brother Alfred and sister Lucy, both of New Brunswick, Canada, sister Florence of Florida and sister Dot of Salem and many nieces and nephews. Eugene was preceded in death by his sisters Alvina, Lina, and Delphine and brothers Amedee, Edward and Leo.

ARRANGEMENTS: His Funeral Service will be held in the Middleton Congregational Church, Maple St., Middleton, Sunday, March 3rd, 2013, at 2 P.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Rte. 62), Danvers, Friday, March 1st, from 4 to 7 P.M. Interment in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Eugene’s memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers 01923. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com