DONALD R. LEBLANC - BURLINGTON - Donald R. LeBlanc, 89, died Thursday evening, July 18, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Donald was born in Burlington on Sept. 28, 1924, the son of Arthur and Dorothy (Degraff) LeBlanc, and was educated within the Burlington school district. He served his country proudly as a corporal in the 900th Air Force engineer squadron with the United States Army during World War II, including missions in Normandy and Battle of the Bulge. Donald was also proud to have been coowner and operator, with his son, Fred, of Countryside Motors for many years. Donald was incredibly versatile in the area of home improvements. He could complete with ease any electrical, construction or plumbing jobs. He was always willing to help his family and friends with any problem. Nothing was too much trouble. He was a reliable, hard-working, kind and considerate man. Many people come and go in our lives, but very few make a worthwhile, memorable impression, like Donald. His humility, integrity and hard work will continue to inspire those who knew him to love God, be kind to your neighbor and never give up hope. Donald was a great animal lover. He fed every squirrel, chipmunk, bird, and many other species daily. He kept five cats, two dogs and two donkeys with love, and cared for them right up until the end. Donald will be sorely missed, both by his family and by his many friends, whom he helped and inspired. But as he has earned his eternal rest from this life, this father, and friend should know that he has made his family proud. The world is most definitely a better place because of his good works for others. Donald is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Wichmann and husband, Henk, of Colchester; daughter-in-law, Wandee LeBlanc (wife of Frederick); two grandchildren, Frederick Leigh LeBlanc, and Maxim Rheinfels Wichmann; his lifetime love, Marilyn Boyle of Burlington; closest friend and surrogate son, Philip Rugo; many nieces and nephews; and former wife and mother to his children, Beverly Jean Napsy Leonard. He was predeceased by his parents; son, Frederick LeBlanc; brother, Arthur Clement LeBlanc of Maine; sister, Emelia Hayes; and sister, Beatrice, a nun for the order of Victory Knoll, Sr. Benedict Joseph. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date. Local arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home in Winooski. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flower, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403. One of Donald's favorite sayings by Neil Bohr, a Danish physicist, was: "There are trivial truths and there are great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true."
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 21, 2014