Ernest A. LeBlanc
March 22, 1932 – June 26, 2020
Ernest A. (Pete) Le Blanc of Pocasset, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his loving family, at the age of 88 after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was one of seven sons of Albina and Walter Le Blanc of Bellingham, MA. He is pre-deceased by brothers Lionel, Robert, Maurice, and Dr. Raymond Le Blanc. Surviving brothers include Norman, and his wife Sanom from Bellingham, and Oscar and his wife Patricia from Marshfield.
Ernest grew up with a love of gardening, learning, and playing music. From a young age, he played the accordion and entered national competitions, winning first prize in his age bracket for playing Malaguena when he was age 16. Over the years, “Ernie” taught at his studio and often played with his trio in the Providence, RI area.
After graduating from Bellingham High School, and working a few years at the Worsted mills in Woonsocket, Ernie joined the army and served in Germany during the Korean War. Upon his return from service, he attended Brown University, graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and in later years received his Masters at the University of Lowell.
Ernie often played accordion with his trio during the summers at the Captain Linnell House in Orleans, MA where he met his beloved wife, Marie, with whom he was married for sixty years. Together, they enjoyed traveling in North America and Europe, attending musical and symphony performances, and spending time with family. For many years, Ernie had also been a member of the South Shore Neptunes Diving club, both for recreational diving as well as to support Civil Defense for search and rescue/recovery missions.
Ernie’s engineering career included work at Hazeltine and RCA Aerospace Division (later merging with GE and then Lockheed Martin). He was proud of all the systems and radar design projects he worked on and/or acted as team leader for, including aircraft, Ballistic Missile Early Warning Systems, Lunar Landing Modules, and many other designs of national importance.
After Ernie’s retirement, he and Marie moved to Pocasset, MA, and he enjoyed exploring hobbies in art, sculpture, and glass blowing. He also immediately began volunteer work. Ernie had leadership roles in all the organizations he joined, including the Boston Navigators Club, Buzzards Bay Sail and Power Squadron, Pocasset Village Association, and Cape and Islands Orchid Society. He fulfilled a life-long dream of owning a boat, called the Alouette, which he and his Coast Guard Auxillary crew volunteered for many years assisting USCG and Coast Guard Auxillary Flotilla 11-2 where he served as Boat Crew Coxswain, Aids to Navigation Verifier, Operations and Vessel Examiner and Watchstander, and elected as Vice Flotilla Commander and Flotilla Commander. He also volunteered at Otis Air National Guard Base, proofreading maintenance logs on the helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. These many efforts afforded Ernie numerous service awards for merit and safety over the years. The couple enjoyed a wonderful life on the Cape for 27 years.
Known for his generosity, problem solving, and willingness to help others, Ernie leaves his wife, Marie, and their three children, Pierre, Christopher and his wife Christine, and Laura and her husband Robert with their two children Brian and Jason.
The family extends great appreciation and gratitude to the very skilled and compassionate medical staffs of Falmouth Hospital in Falmouth, Hematology and Oncology Specialists of Cape Cod in N. Falmouth, and Cape Cod Hospital and VNA of Cape Cod in Hyannis. Due to COVID-19, there will be a private service and burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Julie’s Family Learning Program (www.jflp.org) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org). For online condolences, please see Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home (www.nickersonbournefuneralhome.com).
Private Service & Burial will take place.
Ernest A. LeBlanc
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July 10, 2020
I am a member of the South Shore Neptunes diving club and a long-time friend of Ernies. I first met him back in 1974 when we both participated in an advance SCUBA course in Gloucester. My wife Myra and I have remained in contact with Ernie and Marie over the years, and we have many fond memories of spending time together.
Dave Clancy, The Woodlands, Texas
June 30, 2020
Dear Auntie Marie, Peter Chris and Laura, our hearts are sad for your loss. I wish I could add memories but I'm at a loss for not spending time with y'all over the years. What I do remember is that Uncle Pete was quiet strong and smart. I pray that the smiles, the laughter, the strength and wisdom of the years will be the memories that help you through the grief and heartache, With heartfelt love to all the family, we miss you,
Peter and Roseanne
June 30, 2020
My condolences to the Leblanc family. Ernie and I worked together at Otis Air Force Base. He and I worked alternate days at the base. He was my instructor and took me under his wings. He was a joy to work with and will sorely be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Mary Cicciu
June 29, 2020
I was not able to see Uncle Pete often, but the summer I spent a week with him and Aunt Marie, Pierre, Chris and Laura, he always had an encouraging word or words of wisdom he shared with me when I would ask questions. My time there brought me closer to a part of my extended family that would stay with me to this day. I wish I had known him better, his wisdom was extensive.
My sympathies to Aunt Marie, Pierre, Chris and Laura.