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John Edward "Ed" LeClair

1927 - 2014 NORTH ADAMS Mr. John Edward "Ed" LeClair, 87 of 48 Versailles Ave. died Friday Aug. 15, 2014 at Williamstown Commons. He was born in Adams on Aug. 9, 1927, son of Joseph and Mary Margaret (Greenbush) LeClair. He attended North Adams schools including the former Holy Family School and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1947, where he was a member of the varsity baseball team. On his 17th birthday, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving during World War II, as a Seaman 2nd Class on the USS Harry F. Bauer. Ed was last employed by Excelsior Process and Engraving, a division of Crane & Co. for 43 years until his retirement. During his career, he engraved plates to print invitations to the US Olympics at Lake Placid and Los Angeles and several Presidential inaugurations. He also was the co-owner, with his late wife, of the former Fashion Fabrics in North Adams from 1968 to 1982. Before that, Ed worked at Hunter Machine Co. and Greylock Photo Engraving. Ed was a communicant of the former Holy Family Church where he was a collector for 60 years and served on the Church Council and with the Knights of Columbus. Ed was an active volunteer in the community, where he served as a Little League coach and helped build the Fallon Field in North Adams. He was a member of the American Legion. Ed enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Commercial League at Mt. Greylock Bowl. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. Survivors include three sons, Robert A. LeClair and his wife, Patricia, of North Adams; James E. LeClair and his wife, Dawn, of Malta, NY; and John J. LeClair and his wife, Stacy, of North Adams; four grandchildren, John M. LeClair, Adam J. LeClair, Janine Iamunno, and Vincent Iamunno; two sisters, Elaine Morrow, of Northampton, and Rachel Crowley of North Adams; and nieces and nephews. His granddaughter, Jocelyn E. LeClair died on Aug. 18, 2001. His wife was the former Margaret L. Wohler who died on Jan. 6, 1994. They were married on June 24, 1950. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. from FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jocelyn E. LeClair Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 16, 2014
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