ROUSES POINT — Roland Emile LeBlanc, 94, of Rouses Point, N.Y.. died on March 5, 2014, at Helen Porter Hospital in Middlebury, Vt., with his family by his side.
Roland was born in Shelburne, N.H. on Jan. 18, 1920, the fourth of sixteen children.
He attended grade school in Gorham, N.H., and the family then moved to Montreal, where Roland attended D'Arcy Magee High School, riding the trolley one hour each way to school. After graduating from high school he went to work for the Canadian National (CN) Railroad in Montreal, like his father. In 1941 the family moved to Rouses Point and he continued working for the CN Railroad until joining the U.S. Army in 1942. He served honorably in WWII, starting with basic training at Camp Croft in South Carolina followed by deployment to Fort Read on Trinidad in the Caribbean, where he served in the Quarter Master Corps, ran the NCO Club, and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. Roland then finished active duty at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock, Ark. and returned to civilian life in Rouses Point in late 1945. He worked for the CN Railroad until 1967 and then joined the FW Myers brokerage firm in Champlain, N.Y, retiring in 1985.
Roland married Rita Bulriss on Sept. 6, 1947 and they had three children; a son, Ron, and two daughters, Ronay and Rise'. The family originally lived on Pratt Street, but then moved to their long-time residence on Lake Street where they lived until moving to Priscilla Lane in 1998. The home served as the staging area for many floats built by the St. Patrick's choir for the Fourth of July parades, and the ongoing entertaining of the choir, friends, and family.
After retirement, Roland and Rita spent winters in Jensen Beach, Fla., enjoying visits from family, friends and fellow snowbirds from the North Country. They enjoyed traveling, especially bus tours, often to mystery locations, with their friends. Two memorable family trips were a cruise to Alaska and bus trip to Washington, D C.