Leon F. Gaudette Sr, 96 of Taunton, passed away Friday July 8th peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family. Leon was born in Brockton MA, on August 4th, 1925, to Wilfred and Louise Gaudette. He attended Brockton High School Class of 1943.
During most of WWII he worked at the Quincy shipyard until being called to service in July of 1945, beginning a 26-year military career.
He married the love of his life, Pearl Anderson on June 19th of 1949. They shared 70 wonderful years of marriage and had six children. They traveled extensively during his military career, eventually settling in Brockton MA.
After proudly serving our country through three wars, he worked another 10 years for the city of Brockton Highway Department before retiring to Melbourne Florida, where they lived for 30 years before returning to Massachusetts and settling in Taunton to be closer to their children.
Leon was a devoted husband and father who loved being near the water both fresh and salt, fishing, bowling, music, dancing, the Boston Red Sox, and above all spending time with his family and friends. His quick wit and humor will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
He was a member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Brockton where he served as the superintendent of Sunday School for a number of years as well as helping out however else he could. He made friends wherever he went and went out of his way to say hello to just about every person who crossed his path. His smile will live in our hearts forever.
He is survived by his children; Linda Tillgren and her husband Edward of Berkley MA, Joan Horner of Littleton NH, Karen Cullens and her husband Leighton of South Sutton NH, Brenda Sweeney and her husband Dennis of Canton MA, Leon Fred Gaudette Jr and his wife Jeanne of Wareham MA, and Michelle Gaudette of Taunton MA; 9 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife; His parents; His sisters, Ella Sessine of California, and Evelyn Green of Florida; His Son in Law Richard T Organ of Brockton MA and his Granddaughter Melissa Gaudette of Wareham Ma.
Visitation will be held at the Dahlborg-MacNeven Funeral Home, 280 Bedford Street, Lakeville, MA on Monday July 18th from 9:00 to 11:00am, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00Am. The family would like to invite family and friends to join them at the Fireside Grill, 30 Bedford Street, Middleboro, MA at 12:00 PM for a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust at cst.dav.org/ or mailed to 860 Dolwick Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018. For directions or to send a condolence to the family please visit www.d-mfh.com.