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Dr Benjamin Amadee LeBlanc
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Birth: Feb. 4, 1879
Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: Jun. 28, 1946
Nova Scotia, Canada

From the Richmond Record dated July 6, 1946



Arichat has lost a valued and respected citizen in the death of Dr. B.A. LeBlanc, the sad event occurring at his home here on Saturday, June 29th at7 p.m., surrounded by his devoted wife and relatives. He passed quietly and peacefully to his eternal rest after a long and trying illness borne with his usual fortitude and courage. He was a patient at the Infirmary, Halifax for several months, and leaving that institution he was conveyed to Inverness, where he was tenderly cared for by Mrs. LeBlanc, R.N., at the
home of her brothers, Messrs A. B. and Jack MacMillan--both of whom were at the funeral. He arrived home about the middle of May accompanied by his wife and his nephew, J.F. LeBlanc. His condition was most serious and in a
few short weeks after his arrival he succumbed to the Grim Reaper and entered into that bourne from which no traveller returns. Dr. LeBlanc was
in the 67th year of his age. Deceased was one of the most popular physicians that ever practiced his profession in Richmond County, and his
patients were numbered by the hundreds. He possessed a most winning personality and his patients were attracted towards him by his kindness and his deep salicitude for their physical welfare. When the announcement of
his death was made deep sorrow entered into the hearts of his many friends and many tears were shed over his passing. No matter at what hour of the day or night he was called to attend any of his numerous patients, be they well-to-do or poor, he would come from even a sick bed to attend them. It is little wonder, then, that his death has caused such profound sorrow among people he served so faithfully and skillfully for so many years. The Doctor was a son of the late Capt.and Mrs. Benjamin LeBlanc, honoured residents of this town for many years. Dr. LeBlanc was for some years a prominent politician, representing Richmond County in the Provincial Legislature for several terms. He was a member of the Rhodes Government
without portfolio for a time. Ready of utterance, keen of wit, eloquent in expression and vigorous in thought, his platform work was always inspiring. All citizens of Isle Madame and many people elsewhere throughout the province will join, in spirit, in this tribute to the memory
of Dr. B.A. LeBlanc. He was a life-long Conservative and his colleague in two elections was the late Dr. Jack MacDonald, of St. Peters, who later was appointed to the Senate. They were a strong team and unbeatable. Those
were hectic days in the political history of RIchmond County. French Acadian residents of Isle Madame turned out on Tuesday to pay a stirring
tribute to one of their most beloved sons, Dr. B.A. LeBlanc, family hysician and friend to thousands during his 39 years as a medical
practitioner in this district. Funeral services were held in the historic Arichat church which was constructed in 1839 to replace the church
on the same site which had served as the Diocesan seat. Parish priest at Arichat's Church Rev. A.P. Poirier, formerly priest at Main-a-Dieu, was
celebrant at the Solemn Requiem High Mass. Deacon was Rev. A. Boudreau, Petit de Grat; Sub-Deacon, Rev. W.A. Boucher, D'Escousse; Master of Ceremonies Rev. S. Doucette, West Arichat. Present in the sanctuary was Rev. A.E. Mombourquette, who retired recently after serving as parish priest at Arichat for 40 years. The careers of Father Mombourquette and the late Dr. LeBlanc were closely interlocked in matters of life and death in this Richmond County shiretown. The church was draped in purple and
white in mourning for a beloved son. In attendance were the full choir of the Church of L'Assumption. Pall bearers, all life-long friends of the deceased were: E.A. Cosman, Bertram Bourinot, Charles Malzard, Charles P. Stone, Godfrey J. LeBlanc, John Tyrrell. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the widow in her hour of deep affliction.
(Note: the above clipping contains a photo of Dr. LeBlanc)


Arichat, July 1 - Dr. B.A. LeBlanc, 67, one-time Minister without portfolio in the Nova Scotia Government and one of the best known medical practitioners in the province, died at his home here Saturday night after an illness of 17 months. A native of Arichat, he received his early
education in Richmond County schools and was graduated with the degree of bachelor of arts from St. Ann's College, Church Point. He qualified for his medical degree at Dalhousie University. During the First Great War Dr.
LeBlanc held the rank of captain in the medical corps and for some time was stationed at the old Moxham Castle in Sydney. After demobilization he returned to Arichat where he practised for more than 39 years and became
one of the most beloved and most widely esteemed residents of Richmond County. A powerful figure in the Conservative Party in Richmond County, he was a member of the Provincial Legislature for 12 years, being first elected in 1916. From 1923 to 1928 he was minister without portfolio in
the cabinet of the late Hon. Edward N. Rhodes, who later became Minister of Finance in the Federal Government. He is survived by his wife, the former Edie McMillan; one sister, Sister Gustave Marie of the Daughters of Jesus,
Dalhousie, N.B.; one brother, Andrew, Saskatchewan. Another brother, Gus, a mechanical engineer, died at New Victoria a few years ago. Fraternally Dr. LeBlanc was a member of the Knights of Columbus. The funeral will be
held Tuesday morning at 9:30. Doug McMillan of the Canadian Pacific Telegraphs staff in Sydney, is a brother-in-law. NOTE: (from Janis Boudreau-Kean) My mother always told the story of Dr. LeBlanc performing an operation to remove her tonsils when she was just a young child on the dining table in her mother's kitchen in Poulamon. Apparently such
procedures were commonplace in those days, and most likely he would have performed a few more operations before returning (via horse & wagon) to Arichat.
Note: Newspaper Clippings provided by Janis Boudreau-Kean from her Mother's records
Arichat l'Assomption RC Cemetery
Richmond County
Nova Scotia, Canada
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