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Leo (Bunny) J. Gousse

Date of Death: June 7, 2015

Date of Birth: February 27, 1922

Biography:

On Sunday, June 7, 2015 Bunny left us to be in the comfort of his lord. He was born in Lewiston, Maine on February 27, 1922 to Yvonne and Adelard Gousse. He is predeceased by his brother Roland Gousse and his sister Florence Webber. He leaves his wife Shirley of Freeport after 67 years of marriage, as well as his three daughters, Pat Sloat and husband Bryan, Michelle Manter and husband Kevin, Cindi LaHaye and Mike Yates.Grandchildren: Corey Sloat and wife Kelly, Jody Bennett,Josh Manter and Allison LaHaye. Great Grandchildren: Kelsey Bennett, Reid Bennett and Jaelen Hersey. Bunny loved the Boston Red Sox, the Celtics and the New England Patriots. He even went to Fenway Park on his honeymoon! Just a few years before his passing, he went to Fenway for the last time on Father’s Day. He loved to go fishing even though he would not eat anything from the water except lobster and shrimp. His other sport love was golf. He was over the age of 70 when he shot a hole in one. Bunny lived the simple life. He never had a bad word about anyone, kind and gentle. He was a true dad who always showed love and compassion and would put other people’s needs before his own. He was a lifelong member of the Danville Grange, a member of the AMVETS in New Gloucester and the Danville Fire Dept. He graduated from Edward Little High School with the class of 1940. At the onset of World War II, Bunny enlisted into the Army. His basic training was at Windsor Locks, Connecticut where he qualified on the 50 caliber machine guns. After basic he was sent to England where he became a cook for his engineering squad. It was while he was in England that he was able to find his brother Roland who was also in the Army. As time went on Bunny’s outfit advanced to France and Germany. As the war ended, Bunny once said,” One of my fondest memories was seeing the Statue of Liberty upon arriving in New York Harbor”. After the war he and Shirley settled in Auburn and later in Danville Junction where their three children were raised. Bunny worked over thirty years for Lewiston Welding Company as a delivery driver and stock person.

 On Saturday, July 25 at 11 am there will be a graveside service with military honors at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, Maine.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Danville Jct. Grange in care of Roberta Meserve,  48 Pond Rd.  Raymond, Maine 04071 The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Freeport Place Assisted Living Center for their kindness and professionalism while Bunny was under their care.

 

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