Thursday, March 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Obituary of Louis Joseph Zenon Robillard, 1918 Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun 18 Dec 1918, pg. 11.

L. J. Zenon Robillard, prominent in fraternal, social and musical circles of this city died late yesterday afternoon at his home, 725 Moody street, Pawtucketville, after an illness of but a few days, death being due to a pneumonia. Deceased was taken ill with what was believed to be a slight cold last Thursday evening after attending a local theater, but his illness soon developed into pneumonia and the end came yesterday while he was surrounded by his wife and four young children.

Mr. Robillard was born at Ste. Melanie, Que.. Dec 30 1877 and after completing his studies at the Montreal seminary he came to this city where he secured employment as a bookkeeper for a local concern. After his marriage to Miss Rose Anna Foucher of this city, he returned to Canada with his wife, but came back to Lowell about 18 years ago and had made his home here since. For the past two years he was employed as a bookeeper for L. F. L. Turcotte & Co., in Merrimack street, where he was held in the highest esteem by both is employers and fellow employees.

Possessed of a genial disposition Mr. Robillard has a way of his own of making friends and the friends he made he held. He was always cheerful and his bright smile and sunny disposition assured him a welcome everywhere.

Deceased was a singer of great ability and an accomplished musician and for many years he was a conspicuous figure at social gatherings. He was connected with St. Joseph's church choir and was the bass soloist in the church double quartet that sang at requiem masses.

Mr. Robillard was a man of good habits and had no enemy. He was an exemplary father, and devoted husband and was always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend in need. He was a prominent member of Court St. Paul, C.O.F., the Lowell aerie of Eagles and Club Citoyens-Americains. He is survived by his bereaved wife, four children, Hector, Anita, Stella and Edna; five brothers, Octavien of Ste. Melanie, Que., Joseph of Montreal, Que., Arsene and Jerome of Cohoes, N. Y., and J. Arthur of this city; four sisters, Mesdames Pierre Joly of Joliette, Que., Gilbert Joly of Cohoes, N. Y., Joseph Deshais of Michigan and Geo. Ducharme of Springfield.
I was unable to find any information pertaining to his funeral. However, I do know that he is buried in

L. J. Z. is buried in sec. c, lot 12 at Cimetiere St. Joseph, Chelmsford, Massachusetts. L.J.Z. (as I call him) Robillard was the son of Jerome (my father's namesake) and Sophie Riberdy. He was also the husband of Rosanna Foucher. The couple was married on 18 May 1896 at Lowell, Massachusetts [Source: Massachusetts Archives-Robillard Zenori Lowell 1896 461 217 Marriage] He was also an uncle and godfather to my paternal grandfather, Joseph Zenon Heria Robillard.

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