Friday, June 23rd, 2023
Omer Léger passed away peacefully today.
To say he liked politics, is like saying a fish likes being in the water.
He loved people; he could never help others enough, it was his life.
In his last days he was still giving a list of people who needed help and projects he thought needed attention.
His generation was at a time when the Social Services Department was at an MLA’s house because it barely existed.
It never mattered who you were and where you came from no one was turned away.
At 92 he had a good life. He got to stay in his home until the last few weeks, served by an extramural system he helped to create, and died in a hospital he championed. He lived in one of the world’s most dynamic eras from manual typewriters to self driving cars.
In his other time he was part of the Assumption Mutual Life family. He kept his life insurance agent license right to the end. His loyalty to Assumption Mutual Life; his alma mater, le Collège St Joseph now l’Université de Moncton, and the Progressive Conservatives was unwavering.
He was first elected in a 1971 by-election in the Kent riding to replace former premier Louis J. Robichaud. He was the first Progressive Conservative to be elected in the traditionally Liberal Kent County in almost 60 years. He joined the cabinet of Richard Hatfield as provincial secretary until the 1974 election. Re-elected in the Kent South riding, he was added minister of Fisheries to his portfolio. After the 1982 election, he was sworn in as minister of Tourism.
Le Pays de la Sagouine was his pride and joy among his many accomplishments.
He was a proud Acadian and understood its meaning.
He recounted yesterday asking one of his grand-children: “to explain what AI does… I didn’t understand anything”, he said, “but it’s a long way from EI” with a proud nod.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Dolores (Bourque) Léger.
He was the son of Gilbert (à Edward) Léger and Domethilde Léger. He is survived by one brother Leon-Guy Léger.
His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
Louis and wife Jacqueline Girouard, grandchildren Philippe Léger and Teagan Anderson-Léger, great-grandson Orrin Léger
Éric Léger and Carolina Feican
Marcel and wife Denise Léger, grandson Brian and wife Aylish and great-granddaughter Malia.
Anne and husband Duane Maillet, grandchildren Thomas and Melina.
Nathalie and husband Marc Caissie, grandchildren Emma and Sarah.
Visitation will be held from the St-Antoine Community Center, 4556 Principale Street, St-Antoine-de-Kent, N.-B., on Monday, July 3rd, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm and also on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 from 10 am to noon and from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Funeral mass will be held from St-Antoine-l’Ermite RC Church, St-Antoine, on Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 at 4:30 pm.
Interment in the columbarium of the Parish Cemetery.
In Omer’s memory, a donation can be made to the Foyer St-Antoine.
The family invites you to sign a book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.
Arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center, 3754 Route 134, Shediac Bridge, NB, (506) 532-1050.