OLD ORCHARD BEACH - Leo Oliva Bouchard, 89, most recently of Old Orchard Beach, ME, son of Sylvio Bouchard and Marie Louise Lagasse, died on the morning of Aug. 19, 2015, of natural causes.
Born in Baker Brook, New Brunswick, Canada in 1925, he was the beloved older brother of Fernand and Rachel. At the age of 17, he left the small village of Baker Brook to join the Royal Canadian Airforce where he became an airman flying numerous sorties over Germany. After the war he emigrated to ME where he worked for Frasier Paper as a stationary engineer and was a union shop steward but ever ambitious and possessed with a remarkable drive, he also founded and operated a logging business, and was instrumental in the development and construction of the Mid Town Shopping Center in Madawaska.
Leo loved entertaining his family and friends at the cottage he built at Baker Lake in New Brunswick. In the 1970's he moved with his family to South Portland where he was employed by the National Chamber of Commerce but ever the entrepreneur also started the Wood Box, a firewood business. He moved to Saco in the 1980's, where he worked in Sales for the Consolidated Chemical Company and then the Combined Insurance Company and eventually founded Perma Steel Incorporated, a roofing company that his son Philip continues to operate today as Saco Roofing.
Leo was civic minded and very patriotic, and never missed a parade where he would proudly wear his WW2 medals. He was involved for many years in scouting, was a life time member of the Knights of Columbus as a 4th degree knight, loved playing bridge and achieved life master status, was a president of the Madawaska Lions Club, and was very involved in the credit union movement in various capacities.
Leo loved to travel and took many memorable trips with his family to Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK, France, Italy and the Vatican, and throughout North America, and spent more than 30 winters in the Hallandale area of FL.
In addition to the joy he derived in spending time with his family, Leo was very intellectually curious and an avid reader, who kept abreast of current events and politics, and was a lifelong, passionate Democrat. Leo was a true original, beloved by all he met, and lived by the motto "Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve."
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Brigitte, his sister Rachel Beaulieu and her husband Frederick of Milford, CT., his daughter Francoise White and her husband Sam of Phippsburg, by son Jacque Bouchard and his wife Carol of Saco, and son Philip Bouchard and his partner Linda Hettling of Saco, three grandchildren, Lise Turgeon, and her husband Doug of Savannah, GA, Nick White and his husband Dan Butler of Raynham, MA, and Allison Bouchard of Saco, and two great grandchildren Olivia and Sam Turgeon.
Visiting Hours will be from 5-7PM Friday, August 21, 2015, at Cote Funeral Home, 87 James Street, Saco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM Saturday at Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco. To view Leo's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please go to www.cotefuneralhome.com