Leo Bourque, 99, of Saco, and formerly of Biddeford, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. He was born July 27, 1918 in Biddeford a son of Eugene and Loudiana (Jacques) Bourque and was educated locally.
On June 25, 1938, he married Simonne Landry at St. Joseph’s Church in Biddeford.
Leo worked in the Portland Shipyard for 3 years before serving in the U.S. Army during WW2.
After the war, he worked for 9 years as a laundry driver and, in 1955 he became owner and operator of Landry’s Laundry until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member of the Amvets and the Lions, and had been a Biddeford Fire Department call man for 12 years, and later served as Fire Commissioner under mayors: Pomerleau, Gaulin, Lemire and Boucher. Leo served on the board of directors of the former Webber Hospital and was named a lifetime honorary Director of Southern Maine Medical Center. He was also honored by the State of Maine as a fourth-degree engineer for his constructive criticism and suggestions during the building of the Saco Amtrak Station.
Leo was an avid sportsman, enjoying golf, bowling, shuffleboard and tennis, which he played until the age of 92. He he also enjoyed playing cribbage. With Simonne he had enjoyed wintering in Florida for over 40 years until 2002.
He was preceded in death by: Simonne, his wife of seventy years; grandsons Shawn Bourque and Steve Katon; a son-in-law Raymond Dubois and daughter-in-law Joanne Bourque; brothers: Lucien, Rene, Henry and Charles and two sisters, Yvette Gagnon and Jeannette Bisson
He is survived by:
one daughter, Marguerite Dubois of Biddeford
4 sons: Leo P. Bourque and his wife Connie of Arundel
Lucien Bourque and his wife Valerie of Alfred
Michael D. Bourque and his wife Penny of Wells
Marc R. Bourque and his wife Patricia of Kennebunkport
A special friend, Jeannine Paquette of Saco
13 grandchildren many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews
Visiting hours will be 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Hope Memorial Chapel 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Most Holy Trinity Church in Saco. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Biddeford. To express condolences on line please visit www.hopememorialchapel.com . In lieu of flowers, donations in Leo’s memory may be made to: Wardwell Resident Activities Fund, 43 Middle St., Saco, ME 04072