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Leo W. Monastesse, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Leo W. Monastesse, 94, died peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2014. He was the beloved and devoted husband and best friend of the late Vivian (Labonte) Monastesse. A lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley, Leo was born in Central Falls, the son of the late Arthur and Olivine (Dupras) Monastesse. A member of the Greatest Generation, he first served his country as a youth in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Later he answered his country's call and served proudly in the U. S. Army serving in the Pacific Theater in the 118th Engineer's Company during World War II. He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Star. He was a tool and die maker for the Balfour Company for 40 years retiring in 1985. Leo was a man of many interests and talents. He was a passionate New York Yankee fan, an avid collector, gardener, and tinker. He could repair and repurpose materials for new uses. His greatest passion, though, was his family; they were his greatest treasure and he loved being called the 'Old Fossil.'
He is survived by his children, Lt. Col. Normand Monastesse (USAF-Ret.) of TX; Evelyn Lamothe of GA; Lawrence and his wife Denise Monastesse of Pawtucket; and Richard Monastesse of GA; two sisters Estelle Cloutier of Attleboro and Doris Manosh of East Providence; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Leo W. Monastesse, Jr. and brother of the late Gerard Monastesse, Rita Mitchell, Norman Monastesse, Sister Dora Monastesse, L.S.P., Laurent Monastesse, and Alice McQuillen.
A funeral service will be conducted in the Darlington Mortuary of L. Heroux & So, Inc., 1042 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. Calling hours in the funeral home on Monday, February 10, 2014 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations to Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675
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