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Philippe W. LeBlanc, Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Philippe W. "Phil" LeBlanc Sr., 87 of Pawtucket died on Saturday, (Feb. 19, 2011) while on a visit in Florida. He was the husband of Esther (Gervais) LeBlanc. Born in Southbridge, MA, a son of the late Philippe N. and Albina (Joyal) LeBlanc, he had been a resident of Pawtucket since 1955. He had a great affection for the city of Central Falls, especially Notre Dame Parish, where he was raised from early childhood and was educated by the Sisters of St. Anne and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
From 1943 to 1946 he was in the US Army and served in the Medical Corps as an X-Ray technician in the South Pacific and with the Occupation Force in Japan. He was a member of the American Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #14 of Central Falls. Prior to retirement in 1986, he was the owner and operator of Phil's Restaurant on Dexter Street where a line formed every Sunday morning for his homemade blueberry muffins. He loved lobster and beer, enjoyed traveling and the beach but the true loves of his life were his God and his family. He remained devoted to both until the end of his life. He will be sadly missed by all of us who love him and will remain in our hearts forever.
He was a devoted father to and is survived by four daughters; Phyllis Kelliher, Michelle Rondeau and Marie LeBlanc, all of Pawtucket and of Suzanne Barrett of South Yarmouth, MA and one son: Philippe LeBlanc of Cumberland; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was a great friend and "Pop" to his sons-in-law and daughter-in-law, who all loved him dearly. He was the loving "Papa" of Stephen, Danielle, Heidi, Jennifer, Philippe, Nicholas, Noah, Christopher, Janine and Roy, Jr. and their spouses and his thirteen great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Walter, Raymond and Roland Leblanc. He was predeceased by nine siblings.
The funeral will be held Saturday (Feb. 26) at 9:00 AM from the DARLINGTON MORTUARY OF L. HEROUX & SON, 1042 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Margaret's Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, RI. Calling hours in the funeral home will be on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Daggett Avenue, Pawtucket.