Rene (Pete) G. Ledoux passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2020 surrounded by his beloved wife, Susanne and his friend and sister-in-law, Pauline. Pete underwent a liver transplant on May 24, 2019, through the generosity of a deceased donor. The transplant was a success, however, his body had other ideas and continued to break down. He was in 3ICU at UMASS University Campus for almost a year, during which time the nurses became family and affectionately referred to him as “The Mayor” of 3ICU. His family wishes to extend a sincere Thank you to them for the wonderful care he received. The nurses, staff and doctors of 3ICU were phenomenal with their compassion and love for Pete. He was born on March 17, 1946 and was brought up in South Holyoke, MA - a Frenchman born in Holyoke on St. Patrick’s Day. He was truly honored to hold this title and was always proud of his Holyoke heritage. He attended Precious Blood Grammar and High School in Holyoke, MA. He graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts/Philosophy from Niagara University after attending St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and Our Lady of Angels in Albany, NY. He was predeceased by his father, Homer M. Ledoux, who was born in Sutton, Canada and his mother, Jeanne (MacDonald) Ledoux, who was born in Victoriaville, Canada as well as his two sisters, Lorette Roy and Carmen Ledoux. He is survived by his wife and lifelong love Susanne (Jubinville) Bouvier-Ledoux; his brother Ralph Ledoux and his wife Claire; his sisters-in-law Pauline Marulli and Leona Robinson; his beloved children, Michelle Jennings and her husband Rob and Michael Ledoux and his wife Cathryn as well as his grandchildren Mariana Jennings, Michael Jennings, Alicyn Ledoux and Gracyn Ledoux. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great great-nieces and nephews. Pete began his career in Boston with Fidelity and returned to Western Mass with his family where he worked at Shawmut Bank, SIS Bank and later started a company called Maple Leaf Investments. He earned his CFP designation in 1991. In 2003, he moved to Myrtle Beach with his wife Susanne and worked at Merrill Lynch. For three years, life was idyllic living near the beach. They returned to Massachusetts in 2006 where he took a position at Westbank. He held many prestigious positions and continued to work as an independent financial advisor up until he was hospitalized. His clients were family and friends who were truly devoted to Pete and his business expertise. He was admired by his peers for his integrity, his quick wit and his professionalism. Pete was passionate about maintaining relationships with family, especially his relatives in Sutton, Canada, his friends and colleagues. Pete loved the outdoors, woodworking, hiking, playing golf, beaching it on a beautiful day and reading autobiographies. His real passion was singing, which he started at a young age, gathered around the piano with his family. He sang with the Wilbraham Men’s Glee Club, the Community Chorus and spent many years with the Dan Kane singers. He was dedicated to singing at funeral masses because he felt it was important for the deceased to have a special sendoff. He served as Business Manager for the Old Post Road Orchestra in Wilbraham for many years. Pete spent 25 years working with The Children's Study Home, was a member of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, a member of the ERC5 and was on the Baystate Medical Center Professional Advisory Committee. The wooden urn holding Pete’s ashes will be hand-crafted by Florence Casket Company in remembrance of his grandfather, Frank MacDonald, who had a long career at Florence building caskets. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 526, Dallas, TX 75244, Alzheimer’s Foundation, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or UMass Memorial (memo: Transplant) or by mail to UMMHC Philanthropy Office, 375 Plantation St, Biotech 1, Worcester, MA 01605. There will be a Celebration of Life for Pete in October 2020. The Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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