LYNN — Norman Edwin Bourgeois, a lifelong resident of Lynn, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 in the company of family.
He was the beloved husband of the late Susanna (Brancaleone) Bourgeois, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Emile and Edmee (Melanson) Bourgeois and brother of the late Leo Bourgeois and the late Lorraine Bourgeois.
He is survived by his children, Norma Reardon and her husband Paul of Groveland, Robert Bourgeois and his wife Pamela Liu of Lynn, Richard Bourgeois of Salem, Paul Bourgeois of Lynn, and Lorraine Bourgeois of Lynn; his sister, Bernice Reagan of Cambridge; and five loving grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew, Amy, Jocelyn, and Andrew.
A man of duty and principle, he served in the South Pacific during World War II in the Navy "Sea Bees." For his meritorious service he was awarded several medals including the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon his return home, he built houses on the North Shore before joining the Lynn Fire Department, where he served for 30 years before retiring as a lieutenant. During this time he continued to work as a carpenter, building several homes in the Lynn area including two of his own.
He and his wife were devout Catholics and longtime communicants of St. Pius V parish in Lynn, which they supported faithfully. Norman was known for his sharp wit and mischievous side which could always be counted on to keep his family and friends laughing. He enjoyed sports and dancing with his wife, but there was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with and spoiling his grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered by all.
ARRANGEMENTS: The funeral will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn. Funeral Mass in St. Pius V Church, Lynn at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Gloucester. Visiting hours Thursday 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Band of Parents, P.O. Box 335, Dewittville, NY 14728, in honor of Norman's beloved grandson, Ryan Reardon. For online register book please visit www.cuffemcginn.com.