J. Robert E. Brideau

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Leominster, active at St. Cecilia Church; 85

LEOMINSTER -- J. Robert E. Brideau, 85, of Leominster, died Wednesday, November 3, 2010, in the Lifecare Center of Leominster, after an illness.

He was born August 22, 1925, the son of the late Peter Brideau and Ella (Albert) Brideau, and was a lifelong Leominster resident.

He leaves his wife of (58) years, Argentine (Savoie) Brideau; three sons, Robin J. Brideau and his wife, Judith of Lunenburg, MA, Richard C. Brideau and his wife, Kris-Ann of South Hadley, MA, and Robert D. Brideau and his wife, Lisa of Willis, Texas; four daughters, Lou Ann Arquilla and her husband, Marco of Leominster, Lisa Charette and her husband, James of Hopkinton, MA, Celeste Downey and her husband, Ronald of Albany, Oregon, and Christine LeBlanc and her husband, David of Winchendon, MA; four brothers, Eugene Brideau, Roger Brideau and his wife, Jeannette, Gilbert "Vernon" Brideau, and Gerard "Dicky" Brideau; his three sisters, Lorraine Lacross, May Leventure and her husband, Robert, Ann Marie Barba, and Margaret Coughlin and her husband, James; 14 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

His two sisters, Jeanne Landry and Geralda Perla pre-deceased him.

Mr. Brideau was a self employed contractor in the Leominster area. A 4th Degree Knight and Past Grand Knight of the Leominster Knights of Columbus Council 406. A Communicant of St. Cecilia's Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, sang in the church choir, and taught CCD for many years. He was also a member of the Montachusett Applecore Singers in Leominster. He enriched the lives of all those he loved through his music. He was a master wood smith, an avid golfer and drew great fulfillment and peace from his garden, Yet of all theses things, his greatest masterpiece was the unconditional love he gave to his family.

BRIDEAU -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church, 180 Mechanic St., Leominster. Burial will follow in St Cecilia's Cemetery. There are no calling hours. At the request of the family please omit flowers. Donations in his memory can be made to the St. Cecilia's Church Restoration Fund, 180 Mechanic St., Leominster MA.01453. For more information or to sign our online guestbook please visit www.simardfuneralhome.com. Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 5, 2010
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