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T. Norman "Norm" Bleau

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Longtime and well-known North Adams barber T. Norman “Norm” Bleau, 85, of Eagle Street, St. Joseph’s Court, North Adams, , died Saturday morning,April 2, 2005, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born in North Adams on Feb. 18, 1920, a son of the late Zenophile Bleau and Alma (Regnier) Bleau. He attended schools in North Adams, including the former Notre Dame School and St. Joseph Parochial School. He also attended schools in Williamstown.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the United States Army as a private first class in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was decorated with the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutists Badge, American Defense Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one bronze star. Following his military career, he graduated from the Vaughn’s Barbering School in Hartford, Conn. in 1948. In the 1950s, he continued his education at the School of Hairstyling in Worcester. Upon his graduation in 1948, he served his apprenticeship with the Rougeau and Gardner Barber Shop on Ashland Street and served as a professional barber for Rougeau and Gardner and later for Gardner and Bleau Barber Shop of State Street for 15 years. In 1963, he established Norm’s Barber Shop on Ashland Street and in 1974 moved the shop to Eagle Street in North Adams next to Jack’s Hotdog Stand. On Sept. 12, 1998, a 50-year celebration was held with a open house attended by state Rep. Daniel Bosley, who presented Mr. Bleau with a certificate from the Massachusetts Statehouse honoring his years of service to community of North Adams and northern Berkshire County. Mr. Bleau retired in April 2002.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in North Adams, where he served as an usher for many years. He was a life member of Frank R. Stiles Post No. 125 American Legion in North Adams. He was a member of the North Adams Lodge No. 487 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

He was a founding member of the North Adams Cribbage Club. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing chess with friends and local college students.

But his true love was spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Lena “Marge” (Dowling) Bleau, whom he married Sept. 28, 1946 in St. Francis Church, North Adams; two daughters, Carol M. Boucher and her husband Michael of North Adams and Diane M. Bleau of North Adams; two sons, Thomas Leonard Bleau and his wife Susan of North Adams, and Robert Alan Bleau and his wife Judy of Pownal, Vt.; seven grandchildren, Jimmy Bleau, Lindsay Bleau, Aja Daugherty, Shannon Daugherty, Katie Boucher, Sarah Boucher and Mikey Boucher; six great-grandchildren, Zoe Daugherty, Chase Vander Woude, Tyler Briggs, Kiera Boucher, Darren Hall and Shaliyah Boucher; one brother, Zenophile Bleau of Hudson, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Mildred Smith of North Adams; one brother-in-law, Chester “Bob” Babula of North Adams; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister, Edward Bleau, Charles Bleau and Pearl Horsfall.

Funeral services for T. Norman “Norm” Bleau will take place Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St. North Adams, followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 11 a. m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, North Adams. Burial with military honors will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for the VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 4, 2005
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