Joseph Aurèle LeBlond, Abercrombie, NS. On August 26, 2020, Joe, age 87, passed away peacefully in the Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow, NS. Born in Grand Falls, NB on December 10th, 1932, he was the son of the late Alfred and Anna (Godbout) LeBlond.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Barbara (MacInnis); daughters, Susan LeBlond Turner (Larry), Abercrombie and Monique Ballard (Carl), Truro; son, Paul (So Jeo), Scotsburn. Grandpère had a close relationship with each of his grandchildren; Aidan Ballard, Elyssa Ballard, Heather Ballard, Philip Ballard, Josey LeBlond and Ryan LeBlond. Joe is also survived by sisters, Anne-Marie LeBlond, Thérèse Michaud, Gertrude Parent; sisters-in-law, Yvette LeBlond, all of Grand Falls, NB; Roberta MacInnis Edmond (Lloyd); brothers-in-law John Wayne MacInnis, all of Port Hawkesbury; Neil (Lolly) MacInnis, Fredericton, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers Lucien LeBlond, Dr. Oscar LeBlond; sisters Heddy Robidoux, Juliette Guimont, Claudette LeBlond; parents-in-law, Neil H. and Agnes MacInnis.
Joe was a graduate of Moncton Tech. He retired from Scott Paper in 1994 after 28 years. Previously, Joe worked at Northern Machine Shop Bathurst, Robb Engineering, Nova Scotia Pulp, Rothesay Paper.
He was a former choir member and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Pictou County Parkinson Group and participated annually in the Parkinson SuperWalk. He was also involved with Boy Scouts, Abercrombie Fire Dept Executive, Cursillo Movement.
Dad was happiest to be working in his garage building furniture or repairing anything that needed fixing for anyone. He enjoyed many trips to Grand Falls for family gatherings, the Cape Breton Cabot Trail, a drink of Crown Royal, and sharing his homemade fudge. Joe built his home and many pieces of furniture, including the furniture in the Aberdeen Hospital Chapel. Barb and Joe enjoyed many road trips, including driving across Canada in 1995.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, but he never complained and kept going.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gregor MacLean, Charlene Knoester, 4th Floor Nursing Care, and Emergency Room Staff.
Visitation will take place from 2-4pm and 6-8pm Friday, September 11, at R.H. Porter Funeral Home, 55 Almont Avenue, New Glasgow. Those attending must wear a mask and physical distancing must be respected. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Stella Maris Church, Pictou at 11am on Saturday, September 12, Fr. Peter MacDonald officiating. Burial will take place at the Abercombie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Canada, the Pictou County Food Bank, or a charity of choice.
Upon reaching the Pearly Gates, Dad probably said, "Let me fix that creak, and I’ll add a coat of paint while I’m at it." Bon Voyage, Dad. À bientôt.