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Obituary: Paul A. "Big Red" Leclerc, 74

Nov 18, 2016 04:14PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Paul A. "Big Red" Leclerc obituary

METHUEN, MA- Paul A. "Big Red" Leclerc, 74, died peacefully Saturday, November 12, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He had endured a long and hard fought battle with Evans Syndrome through which his loving wife Laurie never left his side. 

Special thanks to his best friend since childhood, Jack Fuchs, of Lowell, for also being there every day, lending unending comfort and support.

Born in Lowell on August 30, 1942, he was the youngest son of Joseph G. and Blanche (Boucher) Leclerc. Paul attended all of the Lowell schools. He worked for General Motors before purchasing Royal Feast Potato Chip Company, which he operated for over 47 years before retiring.

Paul was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. His passion was ATV riding and racing dirt bikes in hare scrambles and enduros with his 2 sons along the east coast. For many years, Paul was a dedicated member of the AMA, NETRA, and New Hampshire ATV Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Laurie (Gacek) Leclerc with whom he shared 54 years of marriage, as well as his 3 children, Mary Ann Bobola and her husband Robbie of Exeter, NH, John Leclerc and his wife Nancy of Haverhill, and Paul Leclerc, Jr. and his wife Ines of Hudson, NH; and two sisters, Estelle Denver of Lowell, and Pauline Brousseau of Simi Valley, California. He was also the devoted grandfather of 5 grandchildren who will miss him dearly, Robbie Jr, Brady, Anice, and Blake Bobola, and Levi Leclerc.

Paul was predeceased by his granddaughter, Nikki Bobola, and 3 brothers, Leo "Ace," Norman, and John Leclerc.

Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4 to 8 p.m. on THURSDAY, November 17th at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. His funeral service will be held in the funeral home on FRIDAY, November 18th at 9 a.m. Burial will take place in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nevins Farm (MSPCA) in Methuen, MA, as Paul was a lover of all animals, especially his dearly beloved black lab "Dog" with whom he is now reunited. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit, or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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