LOUIS HENRI BILODEAU
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Louis Henri Bilodeau, 78, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 3, 2011.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean Bilodeau and brother Denis Bilodeau.
He is survived by his 5 children, sons Joseph Bilodeau of Raleigh, Thomas Bilodeau and wife Elaine of Bear Creek, NC, Robert Bilodeau of Raleigh, Andrew Bilodeau and wife Julie, of Raleigh, NC, and daughter Janine Powell and husband Sterling of Wilmington, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melissa McNair, Jennifer Buerstein, Justin Bilodeau, Lindsey Marie Bilodeau, Davis Ann Bilodeau, Layla Bilodeau, and great grandchildren Cameron Vodde, Mia McNair, Christopher Buerstein and Kai Alford. He is also survived by his sister Pauline Dufour and husband Joe, sister-in-law Ida Bilodeau, and brother-in-law Jim Zaepfel and wife Anna.
Lou was born June 1st, 1932 in Bristol, Ct to Joseph and Adrienne Bilodeau. Following graduation from Bristol High School, Lou enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He made his career in the telephone industry for over 40 years, and retired from Nortel. He remained active in the Telephone Pioneers of America, NTCA, and OPASTCO. He received a lifetime achievement award and was made a life member of OPASTCO in 1992. Lou was also very active in the Southeast Masters track and field organization and officiated at numerous events, including the 1987 Pan American Games. He received the 2009 Kiwanian of the year from the Wake Forest Kiwanis club.
The family will receive visitors Sunday 2-4 pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Rd.
A Funeral mass to celebrate Lou's life will be held Monday at 1pm, at St Raphaels Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of Wake County or the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownwynne.com.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Mar. 5, 2011