Albert “Al” P. LeBlanc, 88, of Upton , died late Thursday, July 9, 2015 in St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester . He is survived by his wife, best friend, and soulmate of 66 years, Jeannette M. (Caruso) LeBlanc of Upton.
He will be greatly missed, especially by his devoted wife, Jeannette; his daughter, Cynthia Panagian and her husband Peter of Shrewsbury; his son, Richard LeBlanc and his wife Debora of West Boylston; his three granddaughters, Michelle Barnett and her husband Kevin of Shrewsbury, Pamela Panagian-Schuler and her husband C. Matthew Schuler of Natick, and Jennifer LeBlanc of Worcester; his great-granddaughter, Aubriella Barnett; and his many nieces and nephews. There was no greater joy for Al than spending time with his wife and family. He is also the brother of Constance Lemay of Woonsocket , RI and the late Ruth Schmidt, Vivian Goff, and Louise Gagnon.
Al was born in Woonsocket , RI , the son of the late Albert and Annie (Gregson) LeBlanc. He was a graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy and was a World War II Army veteran who served as a Technician Fourth Grade with the Headquarters Detachment Armed Forces Western Pacific. He worked as a grocery store manager for First National Stores for 57 years, retiring in 1991.
A resident of Upton for over 60 years, Al was a life member of the George L. Wood VFW Post and a long-time communicant and choir member of the former Holy Angels Parish in Upton . He was an avid reader who liked to travel, and had enjoyed participating in Upton bowling and softball leagues. He was a true Red Sox fan, who never missed watching a game or umpiring from his kitchen table
Al loved his family more than anything, and is loved more than he will ever know. Married for 66 years, Jeannette and Al had the type of love only found in fairy tales. He was the best “Grampa” a girl could have, and his face would light up to see his great-granddaughter laugh. His pride in his children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-granddaughter’s accomplishments was unsurmountable. He had a twinkle in his smile, and he loved to dance. He will be remembered always and cherished by all who love him.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit the family during calling hours at the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home on Sunday, July 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 13, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St. , Upton (www.uptonfunerals.com), with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church , 151 Mendon St. , Upton . Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Milford .