Ronald W. LeBlancOctober 23, 1939 ~ October 22, 2017 (age 77)
Dudley...Ronald W. LeBlanc, 77, died Sunday, October 22, at UMass Memorial Healthcare/University Campus, after a long illness. He leaves his wife of 37 years, Mary (McClune) LeBlanc. They were married April 19, 1980. He also leaves 2 daughters, Meaghan and her husband Jacob Castiglione of Southbridge, Kelli and her husband John Robbins of Holland, and 4 sons Kevin LeBlanc and his wife Susan of Dudley, Kyle LeBlanc and his wife JoAnn of Sturbridge, Kerry LeBlanc and his wife Laura of Willow Springs, NC, and Kory LeBlanc and his wife Koury of Putnam, and a sister Elaine Fuller of Taneytown, MD. He also leaves 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 2 grandchildren Jenelle LeBlanc and Keegan Robbins.
Ron was born in Southbridge, October 23, 1939, son of Theophile and Alice (Collette) LeBlanc and has lived in Dudley for most of his life. He was a graduate of the former Notre Dame High School, Class of 1958. He still counted his NDHS classmates among his friends, meeting with them regularly to reminisce. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, serving for 4 years. During his service, his travels took him to Great Lakes, IL, Imperial Beach, CA, and Cyprus. His proudest Naval moment was marching to “Anchors Aweigh” while graduating as Honorman of his company. Ron was an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Webster, and could be found every week in the front pew at the 4:00 Mass. He was a retired kitchen designer for Rivco Company, retiring in 2005. Ron’s sense of humor and easy laugh will be missed by all who were blessed enough to have crossed paths with him. His hobby was being a model railroader. Ron was an accomplished model builder, often giving clinics to others in the hobby. He loved spending time in his train room, listening to swing music, while adding more detail to his extensive model layout, the Blackstone Valley Railroad, which was his pride and joy. His love of trains took him on many adventures, including trips with his sons and daughter, Meaghan. He was a former member of the National Model Railroad Association’s HUB Division. His train buddies were his second family, often meeting up to share their love of railroad. His wife, Mary, was the great love of his life. Despite finding each other later in life than they would have preferred, they shared an unending bond that was obvious to anyone who looked at them. Most of all he loved his family above everything. He will be greatly missed by his children, who were lucky to call him Dad. Ron especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, who will lovingly remember their Pépère. He always had a warm lap to welcome them, an easy laugh to cheer them, and plenty of popcorn to share.
The funeral will be held on Friday, October 27 at 10AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church (PLEASE MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH) 18 E. Main St. Webster, MA. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. John Cemetery, 260 Cambridge Street, Worcester, MA.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 6-8PM at Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge. Donations in Ron's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.