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.”