On the peaceful morning of December 30th, with the ground covered in a fresh coat of white snow, Léo-Paul Bourque, 79, of Dieppe and formerly of Sunnybrae went to his heavenly home, following a brief stint with cancer. He passed with his beloved wife and daughters by his side at his earthly home.
Léo-Paul, or L-P as he was affectionately known to some, was born on April 1st, 1944, in Moncton. He met his wife and best friend of 62 years at Edith Cavell school in 1962, before graduating from Moncton High School in 1965. He went on to pursue his studies in the electrical trade, launching an almost 50-year career as an accomplished electrician, culminating in 25 years at the Moncton Hospital maintenance department where he was known as “the guy with the tie”.
Léo-Paul was a devoted husband, father, grand-father, brother, and friend to many. He was a simple, empathetic, and humble man, who’s dedication to his faith was an amazing example for his daughters and grandchildren. Perhaps his greatest quality was his absolute unselfish nature; he always put everyone else first, dropping everything to lend a hand, install a fixture, fix an appliance or do whatever one needed. And he did all these things with the upmost pleasure, never expecting anything in return.
Léo-Paul loved unconditionally and enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. “Pépére” was dubbed “the one-man carnival” and would entertain his two grandchildren for countless hours playing mini-stick, jumping on the trampoline, tobogganing and many other fun activities driven by the inner child that never left. His grandchildren loved spending time with their “Pépére” and will truly miss him. Léo-Paul also enjoyed fishing (whether it was fly fishing small trout around Southeast NB, bar clams in Cocagne or on the frozen Bouctouche river) and watching his grandchildren play their many sports. He was an avid curler and a great dancer; wherever there was a dancefloor, that’s where you found Léo-Paul. But what he cherished most was spending time with his sweetheart, Gertrude. They were always together, spending time with family and could often be seen walking hand-in-hand on the streets of Dieppe.
Léo-Paul is survived by his life partner and loving wife, Gertrude (Légaré); his daughters: France and Christianne Grenier (Denis) of Dieppe; his precious grandchildren who he adored: Sophie and Zachari; his best furry pal, Bauer; his brothers: Alderic (Isabelle) from Fredericton, André (Lucia) from Cocagne, and Bernard from Saint John; his sisters: Stella Bonello and Yvette Thériault both from Ontario, Albertine Johnson (Michel) from Moncton, Florida Breau (Roger) and Suzanne Bourgeois (Léopold) both from Cocagne; sister-in-law, Muriel Bourque of Moncton; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Rosaire and Lina (LeBlanc) Bourque from Cocagne, siblings Donald, Rhéal, May Cox (late Jack) from Moncton, Georges (late Jean) from British Columbia, Gérald (late Stella) from St. George, brothers in law Tony Bonello and Fern Thériault, as well as sister-in-law Rose-Marie Bourque from Cocagne.
The family will welcome friends and family on Friday, January 5th from 1pm until 2:30pm for visitations, followed by a service at 2:45pm at the Passage-Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault St, Dieppe.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to either the NB Mental Health Association or the NB Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) would be appreciated. Both causes were very important to Léo-Paul.
Arrangemments under the professional care of
Passage – Chartersville Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre