Sentinel & Enterprise Fitchburg, MA
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Victor W. Leger -
Former Director of Veterans Services, City of Leominster for 27 Years; 88
LEOMINSTER Victor W. Leger, 88, of Leominster, died Sunday, December 20, in Leominster Hospital after an illness. He was born August 21, 1921, in Fitchburg son of the late Edward N. and Emelie R. (Dufort) Leger. He graduated from Saint Francis Parochial School and Fitchburg High School in 1941. Mr. Leger entered the Army in 1942 and saw service in France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and Germany, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He served with the 320 th Combat Engineers 95 th Division, 3 rd Army General George Patton, and 9th Army General Simpson. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He received a medal from the government of France for the Liberation of the City of Metz. In 1962, Mr. Leger was appointed Director of Veterans Services for the City of Leominster, retiring in 1989. He was a charter member and former Post Commander, State Commander, and National Commander of the Franco American War Veterans Post 13 Leominster. As National Commander, Mr. Leger was honored to design and present a plaque and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC. He was also Service Officer of the American Legion Post 151 Leominster, a member of the Amvets Post 38 Leominster, and a member of the International Veterans Chorus. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 99, and life member of the Bishop Beaven Assembly and served as Commander of the 4 th Degree Honor Guard for 21 consecutive years. He also chaired the annual prolife Mass for 6 years. Mr. Leger was former President of the Montachusett Men's Retirement Club for 3 years. He enjoyed visiting veterans in nursing homes, rest homes and those who were homebound. Mr. Leger had the honor of being Veteran of the Year, and was also Citizen of the Year in 1962 and again in 2006. He was a member of Saint Cecilia's Parish where he was Chairman of the Parish Booster Club for 17 years, Secretary of the Parish Bingo, and a member of the Parish Finance Committee. He leaves his daughter, Nancy Walden and her husband, Darrell of Cottonwood CA, six grandchildren, Ronald V. Leger, Jr., Matthew Leger, Melissa Leger, Vickie Lambirth, Renee Powell, and Candace Davis, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, one brother, Allen Leger of Fitchburg, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Olive (Beaudette) Leger, his son, Ronald V. Leger, Sr. in November 2009, his brothers, Charles, Dosithie, and Valmore Leger, his sisters, Marie Leger, Edwidge Lemoine, Constance Morin, and Emelie Huard, and his dear friend Marie Walsh. LEGER A Military funeral will be held Tuesday, December 29, from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, with a Mass at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Cecilia's Church, 180 Mechanic St., Leominster. Burial will follow in Saint Cecilia's Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, December 28, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the Knights of Columbus Ritual at 6:00 P.M. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leominster Veterans Council, 100 West St., Leominster, MA 01453.