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Leo C. Brissette Sr.

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Leo C. Brissette Sr.; 84
Retired Fitchburg Postal Clerk

FITCHBURG -- Leo C. Brissette Sr., died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home after an illness, surrounded by his loving family.

Leo was the husband of the late Ann M. (Cunningham) Brissette, who died September 30, 2012.

He leaves two daughters, Maryann Smith, and her husband, Richard, of Grafton, NH, Michelle "Woodard" Cormier and her husband, James, of Fitchburg; two sons, Mark R. Brissette, and his wife, Joanne, of Winter Haven, FL, and Stephen J. Brissette, of Fitchburg; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Brissette, Michael Brissette, Erica Smith, Emile Smith, Ethan Smith, Macy Woodard, Logan Cormier, Olivia Cormier and Ava Cormier; two sisters, Helen Carabba and Pauline Brissette.

Leo is also predeceased by his two oldest sons, Leo Brissette Jr. in 1997 and David Brissette in 1993.

Leo was born in Leominster on January 17, 1930 a son of the late Alfred and Florida (Garlarneau) Brissette. Leo was named after St. Leo's Church, and was a resident of Fitchburg for more than 80 Years. He graduated from Immaculate Conception Grammar School in 1944 and from St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School in 1948. Shorty after he joined the US Navy, and served in the Korean War for four years, and he was honorably discharged on Oct. 10, 1952, he married his High School sweet heart on March 31, 1951; they were married 61 and ½ years.

Leo started working early in life with many jobs, from Sentinel paper boy, and the Finnish Ravaija on Fridays. He was a candle pin setter at Putnam Bowling and Elm St. Bowling Alleys. He also worked with Mr. Marderoian at the Oriental Rug Co., he worked for 12 years for Aubuchon Hardware, as a receiver and shipper. In 1956 he started his postal career at the Fitchburg Post Office and worked many different jobs over his 30 years of service, retiring on August 1, 1986. He was active in the Postal workers union, serving as Steward, Vice President and President.

Leo also worked more than 10 years as a part time bus driver for the Turner Motor Coach in Fitchburg, driving school runs, sporting events and Beano runs. He enjoyed fishing and belonged to a few sportsmen's clubs in the area, and was a good candlepin bowler. He was an accomplished woodworker and all around handyman. He was involved in Sally Softball, Little League, and also umpired. His family always came first. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He will be missed by all who knew him.

BRISSETTE -- Leo's Funeral will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA. Calling Hours will be on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. In Lieu of Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Leo's name to the HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice, 25 Tucker Dr., Leominster, MA 01453. See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 21, 2014
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