May 8, 2014

Joseph Boudreau, Bishop Maguire's former driver, dies at 91; recently predeceased by wife of 71 years



Staff report

EAST LONGMEADOW – Known to many in the Springfield Diocese as the longtime driver for Bishop Joseph A. Maguire, Joseph A.V. Boudreau, 91, died on May 1 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

A United States Army veteran, Joseph Boudreau was recently predeceased by his wife, Jeannette M. (LaFaille) Boudreau, 95, who died March 3 at Wingate at East Longmeadow.  The East Longmeadow couple would have been married 72 years on May 30.

Jeannette Boudreau was born in Holyoke on Jan. 15, 1919, a daughter of the late Harvey and Eva (Labonte) LaFaille. At a young age, her parents moved to Waverly Street in the North End section of Springfield, where she was raised. She attended local schools and graduated from the High School of Commerce.

Jeannette and Joseph married on May 30, 1942 at the former St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Springfield, and lived in Springfield before moving to East Longmeadow in 1965. Jeannette was previously employed as a merchandise arranger at the former Steiger’s Department Store in Longmeadow. During her younger years, Jeannette was a communicant of the former St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Springfield. She and Joseph were faithful communicants of St. Michael Church in East Longmeadow.

Joseph was born in Springfield on Aug. 1, 1922, a son of the late Joseph and Rose E. (Tremblay) Boudreau. He was raised in Springfield and graduated in 1939 from Cathedral High School, where he played football and hockey.  

During his early years in Springfield, Joseph was employed as a machinist at the former Springfield Armory. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II, with the 11th Headquarters Detachment Special Troops 4th Army, and attained the rank of technician fourth grade. While serving his country, he became a driver for General Marcil Gelice of the 4th Army Infantry at Fort Hood, Texas. He received the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Following his military service, he returned to Springfield and was employed at the former Moore Drop Forge in Springfield. He later was employed as a machinist and then a foreman at the Stacy Machine and Tool which later became Kidder Stacy in Agawam and retired around 1984.

He then applied for and became a driver for Bishop Maguire. Joseph remained as his driver after Bishop Maguire retired and continued in that position until 2013.

Joseph was well-known throughout the Springfield Diocese, where he and Bishop Maguire were often seen at many diocesan events and hundreds of wakes and funerals throughout the area.

Joseph and Jeannette are survived by their two children, Harvey D. Boudreau and Suzanne M. Duguay, both of East Longmeadow; their three grandchildren, Kimberly Bradway and her husband, Steven, of West Springfield, Christine Izzo and her husband, Darryn, of Wilbraham, and Michelle Duguay of Whately; their six great-grandchildren, Ethan and Jack Bradway, Anthony, Avery and Audrey Izzo, and Ryan Redmond; their sister and sister-in-law, Pearl Serrenho of Agawam; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and extended members of the Boudreau and LaFaille families.

Besides their parents, the couple were also predeceased by their son-in-law, Clifton W. Duguay;  and their brother-in-law, Joseph Serrenho. Joseph also was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Eugene, Armand, Joseph, Conrad and Henri Boudreau, Antoinette Madden, Gertrude Murphy, Julianne Charon and Loretta Isabelle.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeannette and Joseph will be celebrated on Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Church, 110 Maple St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Their burial will be private at a later date at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Agawam.