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Leon Joseph Rioux December 19, 1930 - February 2, 2013 Snow Hill, NC - Leon Joseph Rioux, age 82, of Snow Hill, NC, passed away on February 2, 2013 at the Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville, NC. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Leon was the son of the late Lloyd and Evelyn (Brochu) Rioux. He was the beloved husband to Shelby (Jeanne) Eaton-Rioux. She survives him. In addition to his wife, Leon is survived by his daughter, Gwen Williams and her husband, Robert, of Evans, GA; two sons, Alan Rioux and his wife, Sherrie, of Plainfield and Richard Rioux and his wife, Elizabeth (Ella) of Franklin, MA; a stepson, Andy Eaton and wife, Angie, of Durham, NC and a stepdaughter, Crissy Brown and husband, Slade, of Warner Robins, GA; a sister, Carol Blanchard and husband, Raymond, of Colchester and twelve grandchildren as well as numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins; his dog, Max, and cat, Tippy. Leon was predeceased by a brother, Donald (Mickey) Rioux. Leon lived most of his life in Griswold, attended local schools and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business from American International College, Springfield, MA. In the late 1980s, Leon moved to North Carolina where he spent many happy years. Before his retirement, he was employed as Executive Director of two anti-poverty organizations, TVCCA and WACAP, and was instrumental in helping many people in need. Leon also was active in politics from serving as a DTC member and selectman in the Town of Griswold to organizing at various levels for state and national campaigns. Leon will always be remembered for his comical antics and was often the life of the party whether or not he was present because it was always a "Leon Story" that kept the party lively. A few months prior to his death, Leon was able to travel to Connecticut for his granddaughter's wedding where he danced the night away and enjoyed one last family reunion. A Graveside Service with military honors took place in NC and a memorial service will be held in Connecticut in the spring. In remembrance of Leon, donations may be made to the , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or www.diabetes.org.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Feb. 19, 2013
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