Normand J. Babineau, 93 from Fitchburg, MA entered Eternal Rest on Sunday September 12, surrounded by his loving family.
Normand was born January 4, 1928 in Fitchburg, MA to Alphee & Alvida (Arsenault) Babineau. One of ten children born to proud French Canadian immigrants, Normand embraced his Acadian heritage.
He attended Assumption Preparatory and Assumption College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1950. After graduation, he was inducted into the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War, reaching the rank of master sergeant. He was honorably discharged from the army in 1952 and joined the Air Force reserves for six more years.
Normand found his spiritual and emotional roots when he married his wife Suzanne in 1954. There was no one he loved more deeply and had greater esteem than his beloved wife.
In 1962, he was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in the 13th District of Worcester as the first (and last) Republican since the mid-1930s.
Normand has lived his life in the service of a higher power and in the service of those around him. He was deeply involved in his church and community and was a member of several local clubs, professional and neighborhood associations, as well as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Knights of Columbus. He was director of the MA Association of Independent Insurance Agents. He was chairman of the Fitchburg Charter Commission and a director of the Wallace Civic Center. He was a past president of the United Way’s annual campaign. In 1963, he was named the Young Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. He was a member of the new Fitchburg Central Fire Hall Research Committee. Normand was a member of the board of directors of Assumption Compagnie Mutuelle d’Assurance-Vie, headquartered in Moncton, NB Canada. On June 16, 1966, Normand’s Memorial Day speech at Fitchburg was recorded in the Congressional Record by the Hon. Philip J. Philbin.
Normand was one of the founders and chairman of the Arthur M. Longsjo Jr. Memorial cycle race program. In 1998, he received citations from the City of Fitchburg and the Commonwealth of MA for his dedication and service to the residents of his community.
A long-time member of the Immaculate Conception, he was president of the parish men’s club and a member of the school association. During his stay in the Immaculate Conception, he was appointed extraordinary minister of the Eucharist.
He and Suzanne were a presenter couple for Worldwide Marriage Encounter from 1975 to 1990. During this time they served as a couple on the Worcester County leadership team on two occasions, making many friends for the life.
He owned and operated the Babineau Insurance Agency from 1966 until his “retirement” in 1996, but still found pleasure in coming to the office almost every day. Norm and Sue spent winters at Satellite Beach in Florida and were able to travel to Europe several times.
He enjoyed plenty of games of bridge, cribbage and pitch with his siblings and friends, as well as bird watching, golfing, reading, roller coasters, white water rafting, and riding. his Saab convertible. At 81, he went skydiving in Hawaii for the first time, then went two more times with his children and grandchildren.
Norman looked forward to the annual Great Lake Stream fishing trip, where he held court, demanded silence during the card game, and passed on his years of wisdom and philosophical reflection to his sons and grandsons in quiet canoes on Lake. Normand and his family made the trip to Grand Lake Stream again in August, just a month before his death.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Suzanne and his four sons. David (Susan), Marc (Renee), Greg, John (Jane) and his favorite daughter, Renee (Jeff). Normand had 11 grandchildren – Emily, Stephen, Mallory, Marcus, Margaux, Joseph, Jack, Jake and Shawna Babineau, Jacob and Samuel Beauvais and an honorary granddaughter Abby Jollimore. Normand was also Pep-Pep to three great-grandchildren, Jared & Olivia Quill and Alexandra Babineau.
He also leaves his brothers, Dr T. Arthur Babineau, Dr J. Paul Babineau, and his sister Lucille Gaudet. Normand was predeceased by his brothers Raymond Babineau, Dr Robert Babineau father, Dr Francis Babineau and his sisters Juliette Roy, Louise Lemay and IrÃ¨ne Quintal.
The family would like to thank Dr. Rob Babineau Jr. for the wonderful care he provided to his uncle Norm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the St. Vincent De Paul Society c / o St. Joseph’s Parish 49 Woodland St. Fitchburg, MA 01420.
A funeral mass for Normand will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph Church 49 Woodland St. Fitchburg, MA with interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Call hours will be on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All relatives and friends are welcome to attend. Lavery Chartrand Alario Funeral Home 99 summer St. Fitchburg runs. Michael S. Alario – Director – Owner.
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Posted by Sentinel & Enterprise on September 17, 2021.