BROCHU, Leo Joseph
Leo Joseph Brochu of Ledyard passed away peacefully on April 12, 2012. Born in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada on April 17, 1923, Leo came to America with his family and spent his formative years in Vermont. After finishing high school, the family moved to New Britain. When called to duty, Leo joined the United States Marine Corps where he proudly served in World War II. Upon returning home, he married Betty Godlewski and settled into a small house on Heather Lane in New Britain, Connecticut, where he spent much of his life. In his later years, Leo had an artistic passion for woodworking. He could often be found in his basement woodshop where he created unique and beautiful handcrafted pieces of furniture and myriad other articles. His pride in his craftsmanship showed in everything he made. Leo is survived by his son, Daniel Brochu of Marlborough, his daughter, Paula Galloway of Roanoke, VA, his son, Lawrence Brochu of Columbus, OH, his son, Peter Brochu of Southington; his four grandchildren, Leo and Oliver Brochu, Jenny Lewis, and Molly Becht; and Peggy Miller, his significant other of many years.
Leo made a wonderful gift when he donated his remains to the UCONN Medical Center. It was his hope that this last act would further advance both the frontiers of science and the medical field, particularly in the study of Alzheimer's.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 28, 2012