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Ralph Emery LeBlanc, Sr., 78, died peacefully at his home on Friday, August 4, 2023. He is the beloved husband of Ann L. (Nolan) LeBlanc with whom he shared 56 wonderful years of marriage. In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by his three children, Ralph E. LeBlanc Jr. and his wife Jeanne of Pepperell, MA, David LeBlanc of Pepperell, MA and Suzanne Marie Poole and her husband David John Poole of Manchester, NH; his four grandchildren, Sarah Poole, Joshua LeBlanc, Samantha Poole, and Jacob LeBlanc.
Ralph was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 12, 1944 and was the son of the late Peter J. and Florence I. (Gagnon) LeBlanc. He graduated from Concord Carlisle High School in Concord, Massachusetts and continued his education at Northeastern University and graduated with his associate’s degree.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in October of 1965.
In his early years, he was employed as a film technician for Polaroid Corporation and later taught electronics at public, private and local junior colleges.
He also served as a Eucharistic Minister for St. Irene’s Parish in Carlisle, MA for many years.
Following his retirement, he became a self-published author, writing 11 books in total.
Ralph was a true family man, and like any true family man, he was able to touch the lives of so many people in a deep and meaningful way. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In a time when we all struggle to be fully present in the moment, Ralph never gave you anything less than his undivided attention. When anyone talked with him, he listened wholeheartedly. When his children were young, he would attend and make sure to be a part of all the many activities they would do. He was a boy scout leader, taught CCD, and was a soccer coach. He never hesitated to drive all over to the copious amounts of swimming and diving meets and football games. After becoming a grandfather, that tradition carried over in being their biggest supporter, always showing up to their activities as well. He was an avid reader, and science fiction was his favorite genre. Ralph enjoyed traveling to various destinations with his wife, Ann, but cruising was his favorite form of travel. He would never turn down a trip to either Dunkin Donuts or Dairy Queen. Above all, his most cherished time was spent with his loving family.
He is also survived by his two siblings, Peter LeBlanc and his wife Carol of Mashpee, MA, and Yvette LeBlanc of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his in-laws, Christopher Nolan and his wife Lindy of Bedford, MA, Barbara Nolan Duarte and her husband Charles of Lowell, Catherine Hooper and her husband William of Bedford, MA, Elizabeth Williams of Nashua, and Dorothy Melvin and her husband Scott of Billerica, MA; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother in law, Richard Williams.
Relatives and friends are invited to Ralph’s visitation on SUNDAY, August 13th from 1 until 4 PM at ROCHETTE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. His Funeral Mass will be held on MONDAY, August 14th at 11 AM in Parish of the Resurrection Church, 449 Broad Street, Nashua. His interment and presentation of military honors will be held on TUESDAY, August 15th at 3 PM at the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ralph’s name to Tunnel to Towers Foundation by visiting https://dogood.t2t.org/give/320847/#!/donation/checkout. Or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting https://www.stjude.org/give.html