Roland Xavier LeBlanc passed away in the early morning on June 19, 2019. Roland “also know as Ronny” was born on May 13, 1938 in Plainville, Massachusetts to Ferdinand and Lillian LeBlanc. He often told the story that his dad misspelled his name on the birth certification by switching the “n” and “l” which would have had his name as Ronald.
He Joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and later reported to the USS Compass Island (AG-153) which was stationed in New York. This is where he met his future wife Cecilia “Lynn” from Cauhgnawaga, Canada. The story of their first meeting was a situation where he was pulled under a table by Lynn during an altercation in a bar in Brooklyn, New York, to protect him from getting involved in the altercation. They fell in love and married on Aug. 9, 1958 in Canada. Together they raised three sons, Glenn, Dwayne and John and settled in Altmar, New York near many of Ronny’s family.
After his four years of active duty in the Navy, he had a number of other jobs. He spent more than 30 years in construction with more than 22 years as an Iron Worker as a member of Local Union No. 711 out of Montreal, Quebec. His iron worker career took him to many places both in the United States and abroad. Most his travels in the United States included bringing his family to places like Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland and Virginia. Although he worked many hard and long hours, he always found the time to take the family on trips to the nearby historical sites, camping and fishing. He loved being around his family, camping, fishing and hunting. He was on the volunteer fire department and a member of the underwater rescue team.
His iron worker career was cut short with a serious injury during an accident at a construction site in Pennsylvania. The injuries would no longer allow him to climb the steel structures he loved to erect. After a long rehabilitation, he started a refrigeration business and did this for a few years. He later trained and became a security officer in which he retired from.
In his extraordinary life, Ronny would help others in any way he could. In his later years, he became dependent upon his younger sister Shirley and his son John as well as other extended family members to be there for him when he needed help.
He is survived by his sons Glenn (Michelle) and John; sister Shirley; bothers Jerry, Brian, Bruce and Michael; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lynn, son Dwayne, mother Lillian, father Michael, sisters Joyce and Patricia and brother Bernie.
His wishes were to have no services. Any donations can be made in his name to a charity of your choice.