Waltham, MA — Brother Leo L. Lapointe, S.M., 83, of Waltham, died on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Brighton. Brother Leo was born in Salem on February 26, 1930, and was a son of the late Alfred and Helen (Pelletier) Lapointe. He was a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, and after that worked for H.E. Hersey Construction before entering the Marist Preparatory Seminary in 1949. Brother Leo was assigned to the Marist Seminary in Bedford, where he served as the caretaker of the grounds and livestock. In 1960, he was sent to the Marist Mission in Vanuatu in the South Pacific, where a was an engineer on the mission boat, “St. Joseph,” for one year. He was also the plantation manager for 17 years. He returned to the United States in 1979, and was in charge of general maintenance at The Marist House in Framingham until 2004.
He is remembered by his Marist confrères as being kind, strong, gentle, resourceful, and capable of handling any situation that came his way.
In addition to the Marist Community, he is survived by his siblings, Rita Gagnon of Lawrence, Sister Theresa Lapointe, SMSM, of Framingham, and Philip Lapointe of Lawrence. He was also a brother of the late Gerard R. Lapointe.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends will honor and remember Brother Leo's life by gathering to visit at 9 a.m., on Wednesday, August 7, in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Andover, at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Marist Mission Office, 27 Isabella Street, Boston, MA 02116. To offer condolences, please visit www.joycefuneralhome.com.