PEABODY — Richard A. “Dick” LeBlanc, 87, a resident of Peabody and formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, October 19, at the North Shore Medical Center in Lynn.
He was born in Somerville on October 2, 1927, son of the late Eli LeBlanc and Emma (Burbine) LeBlanc. Raised in Malden, he graduated from Malden High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. On April 20, 1947, he married the love of his life, Eileen Monahan at St. Joseph’s Church and they raised their seven children in Malden.
Known lovingly as “Dick” to friends and family, he worked as a mechanic for Lawson Machine and Tool for many years, and later at Avis Car Rental at the airport for 10 years. With seven children, he worked tirelessly to provide for his family and eventually retired at age 67.
Family was most important to Dick, and he enjoyed spending his free time spent with his wife and children. He loved trips to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, visiting Canobie Lake Park, and just driving up the New England coast. He enjoyed being near the ocean and taking drives to see the foliage in New Hampshire during the fall.
Above all else, he cherished his family and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He will be lovingly remembered as the beloved husband of Eileen B. (Monahan) LeBlanc with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Kevin LeBlanc and his wife Valerie of Peabody, Joan Mallett and her husband Lloyd of Newmarket, NH, Audrey Plavetsky of Malden and Richard Jarrell of Jamaica Plain, Michael LeBlanc of Salem, Eileen Coggins and her husband William of Londonderry, NH, Kathleen LeBlanc of Malden, and the late Richard P. “Dickie” LeBlanc and his wife Catherine MacAuley LeBlanc of Malden. He was the cherished grandfather of Kevin LeBlanc and his wife Jill, William LeBlanc, Dawn Faller and her husband Kevin, Steven, Audrey, Mandy Watts and her husband Aaron, James Bowen, and James Melton. He was the adored great-grandfather of Maeva, Avery, Baileigh, Miranda, Adrianna, Austin, Brandon, Ryan, Karlee, and Timothy.
Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of Dick’s life at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose during visiting hours on Thursday, October 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Friday where his funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment with military honors by the U.S. Army at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.
For online tribute or to share a memory, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.