On Feb. 7, 2014, we sadly said goodbye to Leo "Naps" Bourgault, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, as he entered into eternal life surrounded by his family at home after braving a long illness.
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Leo was born in Fitchburg, Mass., Jan. 7, 1943, to the late Willie J. and Rose A. (Bolduc) Bourgault. He was husband of Cheryl (Turner) Bourgault for 37 years.
He earned his associate's degree from Becker Junior College and, later, a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Clark University in 1969.
Leo and Cheryl raised their family in Brunswick, N.Y., where he was a charter member of the Brunswick Elks B.P.O.E. 2556, Brunswick Little League Board member and Troy Youth Hockey coach.
Leo's employment with Cluett, Peabody and Co. started in Leominster, Mass. He relocated to a plant in Pennsylvania then moved to the company's plant on River Street in Troy, N.Y., in 1974. He worked as a production manager and scheduler for the company that manufactured men's shirt collars and then expanded to include men's shirts and other apparel under the Arrow brand name. In 1989 he was transferred to work at the plant in Atlanta, Ga. Leo returned to Brunswick, N.Y., after his retirement in 1995 to be closer to his family.
Leo's retired life was filled with the joy his 11 grandchildren brought, caring for his wife, faithfully following the Boston Red Sox, maintaining his pool for summer swims, and making daily trips to Price Chopper where he could catch someone's ear and chat. He opened his home, "the compound", to many and made it the gathering place for family, where they all got together for Friday night pizza. The Bourgault Bunch, as his family was often nicknamed, was extended to include many close friends that he considered family.
In addition to his wife, Cheryl (Turner) Bourgault, he is survived by his children, Brian Bourgault of Troy, April (Michael) Galipeau of Troy, Steven (Rebecca) Bourgault of Averill Park, Michelle (Thomas) Ring of Troy, Kyle (Nicole) Bourgault of Brunswick and Kurt Bourgault of Poestenkill; his grandchildren, Sam and Cassidy Galipeau, Nate, Harry and Mallory Bourgault, Liam and Alex Ring, Sarah and Luke Bourgault and Brooke and Brealynn Bourgault. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Roland "Navy"(Rita) Brousseau; his nephews, Mark and Gary Brousseau; and a niece, Debra (Brousseau) Stewart; his brother-in-law, Alfred "Sonny" (Evelyn) Berube; along with his nieces, Diane and Karen; and several cousins including Paul Rouleau and Jean DeMartino of Fitchburg, Mass.
Leo was predeceased by his first wife, Theresa (Berube) Bourgault; brother, Gerard Bourgault; and sister, Rita Brousseau of Fitchburg, Mass.
A special thank you to all who have provided support to the family over these last months, especially to Marilyn Turcotte-Roarke who has given more than 20 years of devotion to the family's care. We love you all.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Bryce Funeral Home Inc., 276 Pawling Ave., Troy. The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hope United Methodist Church on the corner of Route 2 and Garfield Road in Eagle Mills with Rev. David Martin, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Eagle Mills Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held at the Brunswick Elks on Route 2 immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Leo P. Bourgault to the
P.O. Box 13535 Albany, NY 12212 or online at www.komenneny.org/make-a-donation or to The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County 295 Valley View Boulevard Rensselaer, NY 12144.
For a private family guest book and service directions, visit www.brycefh.com.
Bryce Funeral Home
276 Pawling Avenue Troy, NY 12180
Published in The Record on Feb. 9, 2014