MELROSE Warren A. Leger passed away at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, on Sunday April 7, 2013, at the age 85. Mr. Leger was born in Stoneham on February 28, 1928 to the late Ernest F. & Marjorie (Patrick) Leger. He was raised in Melrose, attended Melrose Schools before entering WWII. Many years later he would receive his high school diploma with several other soldiers from WWII. Warren served his country proudly under General Douglas McArthur during the occupation of Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped. He served as a private first class with the 3186 Signal Service Battalion setting up communications in Okinawa. After his return from Japan, Mr. Leger worked at the General Electric River Works in Lynn for 40 years; assembling turning gears used in the propulsion systems on numerous US Navy ships and submarines. As a lifelong resident of Melrose, Warren was very involved in the Melrose community, especially with various veterans groups. He was past commander, past Chaplin and a longtime member of the drill team at the VFW Harold OYoung Post # 2394, was a past commander of the AMVETS as well as the American Legion Post #90 and a member of the Melrose Elks. Warren truly enjoyed spending time with his fellow veterans, attending meetings, having coffee with his friends at the 182 at Camp Curtis Guild or helping out around the local clubs. Mr. Leger was a dedicated family man, was extremely proud of his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved spending time camping in Maine, boating, fishing and life in general. Warren was very comfortable working under the hood of a car; repairing his familys vehicles, repairing dents at a relatives body shop & working and riding on motorcycles. He was an advocate for education, read both the Boston Globe & the Boston Herald start to finish everyday and always enjoyed going out to eat at the 99 restaurant. Mr. Leger was the beloved husband of 63 years to Dorothy E. (McKeon) Leger. Devoted father of James Leger & his wife Charlotte of Saugus, Judith Waitt & her husband Stephen of Wakefield and Robert Leger & his wife Nancy of Limerick, ME. Loving grandfather to 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Friday, April 12th at 9:00AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St. Wakefield at 10AM. Interment with Military Honors at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody to follow. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Thursday from 4:00-8:00PM. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Melrose Veterans Fund, 562 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 or to the VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave. Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. To send a message of condolence please visit www.gatelyfh.com
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Published in The Saugus Advertiser from Apr. 10 to Apr. 17, 2013