At the Grand Falls General Hospital, April 21, 2018, Mr. Léon-Paul Lapointe of Saint-Leonard passed away at the age of 93. He was the widower of Frances (Côté) Lapointe.
Eldest of eight children, his parents were Léonard and Alvine (Lachance) Lapointe from Saint-Leonard, NB. He was drafted August 1943 for WWII training, boarded the HMS Nieuw Amsterdam II and sailed to England in January 1945. He was a Private with the Pictou Highlanders - St John Fusiliers, enlisted for Active Service in England and was a bilingual clerk at the Leatherhead No 10 Canadian Repatriation Depot. In March 1946, he boarded the HMS Smiters, sailed home to New Brunswick. He obtained a Certificate in Agriculture August 1946 from the Canadian Vocational Training School in Charlottetown, PEI. He received straight A's in all 7 subjects and developed a true passion for gardening and arboriculture. He began his career as an Immigration Officer in 1948 and retired as a Customs Officer in 1980. After retiring, he obtained a Certificate from NBCC for completion of a Christmas Tree Cultivation Program. In 1986, he received a Certificate from the Saint-Leonard Airport in Radio Communication, Safety & Records, Runway Conditions where he worked as a Commissionaire for 6 years. He was an active member of the community, delivering Red Cross Meals, volunteering and participating in countless parish events. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 in Saint-Leonard for 60 years. He was a passionate fisherman and hunter, who loved to share outdoor adventures and stories. He loved a good game of cribbage and telling jokes. He always tried to see the positive side of life and strongly held on to his faith to his last breath.
His children, Karen, David, Patricia and Paula, would like to thank all the good hearted friends, medical staff and Extra-Mural staff who assisted him through the latter part of his life.
He is also survived by his grandson Dennis Lapointe, his wife Leslie Duff and their daughter (great granddaughter) Mariska from Edmundston, NB, his grandson Shawn Lapointe from Saint-Leonard, NB, his granddaughter Samantha Legge, her husband Ed and their newborn son (great grandson) Benjamin Paul Legge from Charlottetown, PEI, his brother Marc Lapointe and his wife Lucille Arsenault from Moncton, NB, his sister Rachel Kirkland from Rowlett, Texas, the Dugas, Levesque and Lapointe nieces and nephews who held him dear to heart.
His funeral service will be held Friday April 27th at 2 p.m. from the Saint-Leonard Roman Catholic Church, Saint-Leonard with interment in the parish cemetery at a later date.
There will not be any visiting hours prior to the funeral service.
For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements are by O'Regan's Funeral Home Ltd.