ELLSWORTH – Leo F. Blanchette, 83, died May 30, 2012, at the Maine Veterans Home, Bangor, after a short illness. He was born July 24, 1928, in Eagle Lake, the son of George and Phebienne (Nicknair) Blanchette.
After graduating from Eagle Lake schools, he served with the U.S. Army in Panama. After the war, he married his hometown sweetheart, Dorothy Raymond, and settled in Brunswick beginning his career with the Maine Central Railroad in 1949 as a telegrapher. In 1960, a position of station agent opened in Ellsworth, which he held until the station was closed in 1983. He retired from the railroad in Old Town in July 1990. In 1995, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in their Dean Street home, where they raised their four sons until Dorothy’s passing in 2006. Leo was a 52-year member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.
Surviving are his sons, Bruce of Medway, Mass., David and wife, Sandra, of Orland, Marc and his wife, Diane, of Ellsworth and Keith and his wife, Joann, of Elgin, Ill.; his grandchildren, Marc Blanchette Jr. of Old Orchard Beach, Danielle Blanchette of Las Vegas, Jason Blanchette of Winterport, Lisa Blanchette of Gouldsboro, Heather Seymour of Pownal, Peter Blanchette of Troy, N.Y., Elizabeth Ross of Dexter, Bradley Blanchette of Brewer, Todd Blanchette of Bangor and Zachary and Alexandra Blanchette of Elgin, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Brooks Blanchette and Cadence Ross;
many nieces and nephews; his siblings, Eudo Blanchette of Bristol, Conn., and Simone Blanchette of South Portland; also his sisters-in-law, Doris Belanger, Mary Holbrook and Ann Buckley, all of Brunswick. He was predeceased by sisters, Geneva Stevenson, Violet Daigle and Lucille Blanchette, all of South Portland; and his brothers, Albert and Hampy Blanchette.
A rosary and remembrance will be said 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Monday, June 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellsworth, with the Rev. Scott Mower presiding. A reception with the family will be immediately after at the Parish Center. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Ellsworth. Those who wish to remember Leo in a special way may make gifts in his memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 231 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.