Joseph Albert Boudreau, Jr. • September 15, 2021
Joseph Albert Boudreau, Jr. 81, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, joining the “love and light of his life” Mary Alice Boudreau (Marie). Born January 1, 1940 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, Joe is survived by his four children, Joe (Barbara), Darryl (Ree), Keith (Bonnie) and Alane Odom (Bill), 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren,
Joe was one of two siblings born to Joseph Albert Boudreau and Leona Ann Leach and could be described best as a strong-willed, very proud, analytical, and hard-working man, a devoted husband, and great father. Joe was a thinking man and an inventor, with a passion for electronics and technology. Unquestionably, Joe was the smartest man his children ever knew, and he was deeply respected. They were always amazed at the vastness of his knowledge and often wondered how he could retain so much information about anything and everything. Joe was the living encyclopedia, and his friends and family were always going to him for information about something, and it didn’t matter what the subject was, he always knew the right answer and gave very sage advice.
Joe fell in love with Mary Alice Lawrence at first sight on an arranged date (he was paid $5.00 to go out with his best friend’s sister). From that date on he and his wife Marie were together until God called each home. Together since high school, they were a part of each other’s lives for over 65 years, 60 years as husband and wife. A true testament to the love and devotion the two had for each other; a true testament to the love and devotion they passed onto their children. Like everything else in life, Joe analyzed every aspect of his life and made decisions about his career that were always in the best interest of his family. He made tough choices on which jobs to take and where to raise his children and although sometimes those decisions were not always liked by his children, looking back now as fathers and mothers with families themselves, his children see the true wisdom and love that went into each decision. They were always safe and well cared for, loved, and unwittingly educated in ways that went beyond schoolbooks and classrooms.
As a young man out of college, Joe followed in the footsteps of his father, Joseph A. Boudreau by joining the United States Army where he served as an engineer teaching students assigned to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. After his first enlistment he left the service and worked as a Deputy in the White Pine County Sheriff’s Department, as a volunteer fire fighter, and as an evening radio host for a local radio station under the alias “The Shadow”. Joe, loving music as much as he did, was a disc jockey in Alamogordo New Mexico, Ely Nevada, and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Wherever the radio station, Joe would always start his show playing “Sock Hop” by Si Zentner and end his show with “Maria Elena” by Bob Eberly”. This was his way of telling Marie that he had arrived safely and at the end of his show that he was heading home to his beloved wife. Joe found a third passion as a private pilot. He logged hundreds of hours of flight time enjoying the “freedom of the skies” – because if there was a single thing Joe disliked above anything else it was traffic on the roadway! Every driver that got in his way was immediately dubbed a “Sunday Driver”. In the sky he was free and he often took Marie out on special trips that were recounted by Marie as some of her favorite memories.
As devout Catholics Joe and Marie taught catechism until their children completed confirmation and began their own journey with Christ Our Lord, another testament to the sound foundation of life Joe insisted upon for his children. Joe lived an honest and good life and taught his children through example and a few long lectures. There is no doubt he loved his family more than anything in life. Included in the definition of family were several dogs, the last of which was Prince his beloved poodle. Dad never quite got over losing Prince and it was the last pet he owned.
The last year and a half for Joe was a very hard time. With the sudden loss of his wife Marie on September 11th, 2020, while he was quarantined –after four months of separation, Joe found little happiness in life and just wanted to be home. He wanted to be reunited with the “love and light of his life” Marie. With God’s mercy and grace on September 15 his wish came true.
Joseph A. Boudreau was a truly great man that always fulfilled his responsibilities and provided for his family. He was loved and respected by all that knew him, and he will be forever missed by his family. Dad, may Our Lord and Savior and His Blessed Mother Mary be with you and guide you to eternal salvation, rejoining mom and the rest of your family and friends.
A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday, September 18,2021 from 9am until the service begins at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, for those who wish donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The family would like to thank Father Christian of St. Rose of Lima.
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