SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 8, 2013

William A. Bourque, 88


Lynn — Mr. William A. Bourque, age 88, formerly of Walden St., Lynn, died Monday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Lorette (Bourgeois) Bourque. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was raised in Canada and had lived in Lynn since 1958.

During World War II, William was a demolition expert with the Canadian Army, Sapphire Unit. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Highway Express in Chelsea for over 20 years until his retirement in 1988. Prior to that, he worked for M&M Trucking in Chelsea. He was a former member of the International Machinists and Aerospace Workers Teamsters Union. William was a communicant of the former St. Jean’s and St. Patrick’s Parishes, and of St. Mary’s Parish, all in Lynn. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Valladolid Council #70 in Lynn, as well as the Fr. Gabriel Druilette Assembly, 4th Degree. He enjoyed traveling, especially his trips to Canada. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons; Leo Bourque and his wife Lisa of Lynn and Louis Bourque and his wife Donna of Peabody; 4 daughters; Joanne Gallagher and her husband Jack of Lynn, Lucille Massa and her husband Bill of Topsfield, Jacqueline Heuston and her husband Ed of Middleton, and Janice Flynn and her husband Jim of Peabody; as well as five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Melissa, Lauren, Ashley, and Christine; three great-grandchildren; Jessica, Kaitlyn and Andrew; and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Rheal “Ralph” Bourque and brother of the late Thomas, Joseph, and Louise Bourque and Patsy Melanson.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Thursday at 8 AM from the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 426 Broadway (Rte. 129), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Lynn, at 9 AM. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4-8 PM. Those who prefer may make donations to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com