Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Funeral of L. J. Zenon Robillard, 1918, Lowell, Massachusetts

While I was at the library Thursday I was going through a roll of microfilm of the Lowell Sun from 1918 and as I was looking for Athala Albert's (nee Caron) obituary I just happened to find the funeral of Louis Joseph Zenon Robillard. He and Athala died died 1 day apart. L. J. Z.'s obituary has already been posted to my blog, you can read it here..

Published in The Lowell Sun Friday, December 20, 1918

ROBILLARD--After impressive services at St. Joseph's church all that was mortal of L. J. Zenon Robillard was tenderly consigned to its last resting place in the Catholic cemetery today. The funeral took place from the home of the deceased, 728 Moody street at 8:30 o'clock and the long automobile cortege, headed by a machine filled with beautiful floral offerings, wended its way to St. Joseph's church in Lee street, where, for several years, deceased had been oneof the soloists from the choir.

The congregation was very large, showing the esteem in which Mr. Robillard was held. At 9 o'clock a solemn high mass of requiem was celebrated by Rev. Aureliemn Martell, O. M. I., assisted by Rev. Eugene Turcotte O. M. I., as deacon and Rev. L. N. Bachand O. M. I., as sub-deacon. A choir of over 50 voices, under the direction of Telesphore Malo, rendered the Gregorian mass, the solos being sustained by Dr. George Caisse, Telesphore Malo, Olier J. david, Edouard F. Gegire, Telesphore Brassard, Arthur G. Leveille, and E. J. Laroshelle. At the offertory the choir rendered "Jesu Domine Christe," and at the elevation Dr. Caisse sang "O Meritum Passionis" At the close of the mass "Les Adieux de Schubert" was sung by Miss Antoinette Alexander.

The bearers were the following members of Court St. Paul, C.O.F.: Arthur Lavoie, J. B. Fremeau, Edmond Lambert, Raoul H. Monier, John PInault, Michel Huote. The Lowell aerie of Eagles were represented by Willliam Higgins, Laurent Grenon, Armand V. Sicard and Albert J. Bolduc. Attending the funeral from out of town were Jerome Robillard and Edgar Joly of Cohoes, N. Y. and Mrs. Laura Ross of Nashua, N. H. Burial was in the family lot in St. Joseph's cemetery where the committal prayers were read by Rev. Anthanase Marion, O. M. I. Funeral in charge of Undertakers Amedee Archambault & Sons.


  1. Thanks for another interesting post ,I am going to have to figure out who Telesphore Malo was. I don't seem to have captured him yet in my Malo database. Do you mind if I post this obit on my Malo family genealogy blog at I will credit you.

  2. Sure, Go right ahead. Telesphore is mentioned in many a number of funeral write ups in the Sun. Sign into Newspaperarchive with facebook and you can view as many as 10 pages a day for free. Here's his obituary, Goodluck!