Edouard Leonce Boudreau, 91 years and 7 months, of Briarlea Serenity Living in Moncton, passed away on Friday January 8, 2021 at The Moncton Hospital. Born on May 30, 1929 in Petit Rocher, he was the son of the late Jean Nestor and Albina (Comeau) Boudreau.
He is survived by his nine children: Donald Boudreau (Marc) of Montréal, QC, Diane Aucoin (Ray) of Moncton, Mona Haché (Jean) of Rexton, Murielle LeBlanc (Jean-Guy) of Irishtown, Denise Morrisey (Dave) of Moncton, Suzanne Boudreau of Moncton, Jean-Paul Boudreau (Irene) of Sackville, Lise Mahoney (Mike) of Toronto, ON, and Sonia Boudreau (Tyler) of Ottawa, ON; 21 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Always quiet and understated, Edouard inspired others with his integrity, ethics, and hard work. A proud "railway man," he worked for the Canadian National Railway as well as for Canadian National Canadian Pacific Telecommunications. As a lineman, he ensured that the communication lines were intact, quickly solving problems on station stops throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Québec. A natural problem-solver, he brought a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to everything he touched. A doer by nature, Edouard was also a teacher who was inspired by his father (a beloved maître d’école de Selwood, today Balmoral, NB) and shared his knowledge generously. He was a mediator whose diplomacy often prevented conflicts. Never seeking public acknowledgement or thinking of himself, Edouard was a loving husband who provided for his large Acadian family, keen on seeing others thrive.
He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Évangéline, née Pitre (2020), as well as by his two brothers and two sisters.
In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and at the request of the family, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. In memory of Edouard and in lieu of flowers, a charitable donation to the newly established Évangéline Boudreau Acadian Scholarship at Mount Allison University may be made (go to www.mta.ca/donate and click on scholarship name under the "gift details"; donations help provide entrance scholarships for Francophone students in need).
Funeral arrangements are in the professional care of Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, Moncton (858-1900).
Words of comfort can be made at www.frenettefuneralhome.com.