Raymond George Le Beau, 90, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, formerly of Pittsfield and Lenox, passed away June 24, 2019.
Mr. Le Beau was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Westborough to Isabel Harwood (Brooks) and Francis Edward Le Beau. He graduated from Westborough High School in 1946, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1947, graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in business administration in 1951 and received a certificate from the Brown University Graduate School of Savings Banking in 1967.
Mr. Le Beau was married to the love of his life, Janette Irene McDonald, April 7, 1951, in Westborough. Later that year they moved to Pittsfield, where they resided (except for a one year in West Springfield) until moving to Lenox in 2009. Their marriage spanned 61 years and 10 months, producing seven children, seven children-in-law, 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Le Beau passed away in 2013, before the birth of four more great-grandchildren.
Mr. Le Beau worked at the former Union Federal Savings Bank in Pittsfield and Springfield from 1951 to 1959 and at the former City Savings Bank of Pittsfield from 1959 until he retired as president and CEO in 1995. He was active in a variety of community organizations, including the Visiting Nurse Association, the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation, the Berkshire United Way and the former St. Teresa’s Parish.
He was a devoted husband and father, a humble man whose singular expression of pride was for his family. His family was exceedingly proud to know him as son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed and long remembered.
Mr. Le Beau was the third of four children. His oldest sibling, Edward, passed away in 2007; his youngest sibling, Richard, passed away in 2017; and his sister Dorothy Vallincourt passed away May 31. He is survived by his children: Paul and wife Cecilia of Holliston, Jane Papacostas and husband James of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, Mary Rocque of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, Nanci Gustafson and husband Michael of Isle, Minnesota, John and wife Ivelisse of Miami, Florida, Katie Dean and husband Wynn of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Raymond Jr. and wife Lourdes of Phoenix, Arizona; 20 grandchildren: Laura Le Beau Lewis and husband Peter, David and Christopher Le Beau, Charles, Ellen and Maria Papacostas, Tracy Rocque Frey and husband Eric, Carly Rocque, Katrina Gustafson Finley and husband James, Britta Gustafson Larson and husband Tyler, Nils Gustafson, Nicolas and Marissa Berio Le Beau, Carter and Scotty Dean, Rosa Madrid McDonald and husband Nick, Adrianna Madrid King and husband Johnny, and Janette, Abigail and Raymond Le Beau III; and six great-grandchildren: Edilsa and Logan King, Olivia McDonald, Beau Lewis, Milo Frey and Harper Larson. Son-in-law Michael Rocque passed away in 2014.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Berkshire United Way. Calling hours will be Friday, June 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox. A private funeral mass will take place Saturday, June 29, at St. Ann’s Church, Lenox, with burial to follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery.