L eo Patrick Pauquette, age 85, passed away on December 23, 2011 at Glens Falls Hospital. He will being joining his son Daniel who passed away on Oct. 29,2011 for his first Christmas in Heaven.
Leo was born on November 12, 1926 in Raceville, New York the son Henry and Catherine (Nealon) Pauquette.
Leo attended the Granville High School. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving from 1945-1947. Upon his discharge from the military he went to work at GLF, which later became Agway, in Granville, for four years. He then went to work for Decora Corp. in Granville in 1951 where he worked for the next six years, at which time he transferred to their facility in Fort Edward. Leo worked there until he retired in 1992 after 41 years of dedicated service. He held many positions in his tenure there. He started at the bottom and worked his way to foreman, Dept. Manager and finally Plant Superintendant, which was his position at retirement.
Leo was a member of the Granville Lions Club since 1960. He was a trustee of the former All Saints Church. Leo was a proud member of the Granville VFW Post 1653 and the American Legion Post 323.
In his younger years Leo was an avid snowmobiler. He and Remus Tatko made many of the original snowmobile trails on Braymer Mountain prior to the formation of the snowmobile club.
Leo’s family meant the world to him. He grew up during the depression which may have accounted in many ways for his appreciation of his blessings. He spent his life caring for his cherished family. He was always there for the love of his wife, Theresa. He and Theresa cared tirelessly throughout the years for their son Dan. Though Danny needed them for his day to day well-being, Leo was also always there for his son Ray. He was an amazing and devoted father and husband. Leo’s kind and caring nature also branched out into his extended family and friends. He and Theresa were a team. Theresa cooked up wonderful dishes and treats and Leo delivered these to friends and family. He was always “Johnny on the spot” to run errands or give someone a ride somewhere.
Leo was passionate about horse racing. He was at Saratoga, whenever time allowed. And not just in August, Leo was a race fan all year round. He visited OTB where he had many friends and acquaintences. If only Aqueduct wasn’t so far away. In addition to horse racing, Leo was an avid football fan.
Leo was very into history. Either local or his families own genelogy. If you had a question about where someone lived, or who was related to whom, Leo was the man to go to. He also had the talent of being able to tell a joke and tell it well. He loved do so, and making people laugh. He had a wonderful sense of humor.
Leo was predeceased by a son Daniel Pauquette, as well as his siblings: Henry, Theodore, Helene Montestano, Regina Caizza, Veronica Aldous, Madeline Lawler and Kay Buker. Leo is survived by his wife Theresa (Zovistaski) and his son Raymond Pauquette and his wife Kim of Granville. He is also survived by his siblings: Pauline Grottoli of Middle Granville, Joseph Pauquette and his wife Betty of Florida, Wilfed Pauquette and his wife Lynn of Albany and Margaret Fennell and her husband Tom of Granville. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jaime Pauquette and Lou Pauquette and his great grandchildren: Kayla and Leah. Leo was blessed with an large family and was an uncle to 50+ nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was to be held Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 23 Bulkley Ave., Granville. Burial was to be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Middle Granville.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, NY 12832.