Leo J. Lavigne, 91, of Bristol, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, at Bristol Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Barbara (Barrett) Lavigne. Leo was born July 30, 1927, in New Britain, a son of the late Napoleon and Mary (Demers) Lavigne. He attended Plainville High School.
In late 1945, Leo enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served our country with the 11th Airborne Division, 675th Battalion, being discharged in 1947 with the rank of Sergeant. Upon his discharge, Leo attended the Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio, returning home to begin his career as a Steel Fabricator. Leo was employed at City Iron in Hartford for six years, National Steel in Newington for 17 years, and finished his career at Topper & Griggs of Plainville, retiring after 18 years of service.
After his retirement, Leo enjoyed playing pool at the Bristol Senior Center. Leo’s family would like to thank the staff of Bristol Hospital and Village Green as well as the staff and residents of Komanetsky Estates for their care and concern over the last several months. Leo leaves his sons, Keith Lavigne, Brian Lavigne and his wife, Holly, and Paul Lavigne and his wife, Vandana, his daughters, Sharon Lavigne Sprenger and her husband, Ken, and Laura Wieleba and his grandchildren, Aaron, Jamie, Amy, Mark, Savannah, Sean, Tiara, Robbie and Anthony.
He was predeceased by his brother, Roger N. Lavigne and his son-in-law, Paul Wieleba. Calling hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, between 9 and 11 a.m. at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville, with a short service at 11 a.m. at the home. A procession will follow to Saint Joseph’s Cemetery for burial. Burial will be with military honors.
Family and friends are invited to a reception afterward. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to a worthy organization of your choice, such as those involved in fighting heart disease or diabetes. For additional information or to leave words of sympathy, please visit www.BAILEY-FUNERALHOME.com .