Joseph Roland LeBlanc
June 08, 1931 – December 20, 2018
Joseph Rolly Leblanc, 87, of Espanola, passed away peacefully in his home with his loved ones by his side on December 20th, 2018. There will be a church service, luncheon and celebration of life held at Paroisse St. Judes early in the new year. Further details will be shared after the holidays. Any donations in his honour can be directed to Development and Peace.
Rolly believed deeply in staying connected to his late relatives through prayer and through the sharing of fond memories and his favourite stories. Rolly is joining his pre-deceased mother, Lucienne Limoges, his father, Leon Leblanc, his brothers, Jacques, Roger, Raymond, Lucien and Hermidous (Pete) as well as his sisters, Jacqueline and Jeanne D’Arc. He will be reunited with his daughter, Edna, his son, Denis and with his daughter in-laws, Kim and Rachelle. His father in-law, Osias, will join them all to welcome Rolly into the next life.
Rolly leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Yvonne as well as his brother, Andy and his sister in-law, Barb. He also leaves behind his daughter, Monique and his son Claude. His son in laws, Greg and Rob, have been nearby to support us all during these difficult months. Rolly’s grandchildren, Adam, Dana, Leslie, Anna-Kim, Josee, Stephane and his great-grandchildren, Reagan, Kaitlynn, Tristan and Sage will miss the warm smile, the shiny white hair and the unconditional love of their pepere and papa. Rolly was admired by his nieces and nephews and was a dedicated friend who always had time for a visit or a favour.
Rolly was born in Sudbury on June 8th, 1931. He was very close to his mother and at an early age, decided to take on the responsibility of helping his parents and siblings as a caretaker and breadwinner. He is remembered as a shy young boy who grew up in Wahnapitae. He loved to ride his bike around town, and with the wind at his back, eagerly completed errands for his mother every chance he had.
Rolly big heart and dedication to serving others continued throughout his life. He served as a “ministre de communion” for 20+ years and was always very active in the perish, either cleaning, serving on the “conseil paroissial” or acting as a scoutmaster for “Les Scouts du Canada”. He happily included his four children in all of the scouting exploits and activities. Rolly was an avid Legion member for most of his adult life. As his granddaughter, I always looked forward to seeing him stand proudly at our school Remembrance Day service every year. He also served in the active militia for 3 years.
Rolly’s first job as a young man was to deliver milk around Garson during WWII. It was a step up from his bicycle! He developed an interest in cars and got his qualifications in auto-body work. He excelled in this profession and “Leblanc’s Body Shop” was how he provided for his family. Rolly eventually trained his son, Denis, to be at his right hand in the shop. He moved from body work to teaching driver’s ed for the local school board and he never stopped hearing about all of the young people in Espanola who respected and appreciated his patience and knowledge as their driving instructor. Rolly’s final duty in the field of automotives was to get the students of Hopkins Hill Road and Willisville to school on time as their trusty bus driver.
Rolly was the kind of man who worked tirelessly to create a life that was his very own. He was the kind of father who never hesitated to grab a dish towel, to change a line up of diapers, or to give the kids their bath before bed. He supported his children in pursuing their musical interests and loved to sing comforting songs of peace and hope. He was also a foster parent and he loved all of these children wholeheartedly. Many of them stayed in touch over the years and Rolly was always moved by their kind words of gratitude and love. Rolly truly adored his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his pets Pebbles and Babette and all of the family and friends who had the privilege of being a part of his life. He taught his sons and grandsons that a good man can be both strong and sensitive and he taught his daughters and granddaughters that women deserve respect and equality. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. He will continue to watch over Anderson Lake and we will keep his memory alive through music, love, laughter and the sharing of his favourite adventures. The care he received in his home during his last weeks means the world to our family. Thank-you for treating our beloved Rolly with so much kindness and dignity.
Rolly loved to watch the birds from his patio window. He kept the feeders full and the squirrels and raccoons at bay. He always had a roaring fire stoked in the basement and an open door for anyone who needed a warm place to call home. Let us come together in this time of loss by remembering to treat each other with the same love and acceptance that Rolly showed to us all over the years. His service to others and his fun-loving joy for life will forever remain in our hearts. Check your blind spots, don’t forget to signal and if you get caught up along the road, pump the breaks instead of slamming them. We love you, Rolly xox. Cremation has taken place with a celebration of life on Monday January 7, 2018 at St. Jude R.C.C. at 11 AM. Interment of ashes at a later date in the spring in the Espanola Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the development & peace would be appreciated.
Monday, January 07, 2019
St. Jude Roman Catholic Church
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Joseph Rolly LeBlanc June 08 1931 December 20 2018..