SOUTHBRIDGE — Cleo R. Proulx, 90, died at home Sunday, April 22,, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife of nearly 68 years, Annette M. (Benoit) Proulx. They were married June 17, 1950.
He also leaves two sons, David Proulx and his wife Heidi of North Brookfield, Ronald Proulx and his partner Steven Demar of Sturbridge, and six daughters, Ann Marie Mandeville and her husband Roger of Southbridge, Paulette Fontaine of Sturbridge, Claudette Hardy and her husband Steven of Maynard, Michelle Donais and her husband Edgar of Brookfield, Madeleine Saunders and her husband Guy of Southbridge, Monique Kopas and her husband David of Thompson, Conn., and 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his daughter-in-law Sharon Proulx of Southbridge, many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son Paul A. Proulx, Sr. (2009), his son-in-law Harry Fontaine, Jr, and an infant daughter Susan Proulx, five brothers Claudio, Harry, Roland, Roy, Clarence, and five sisters Florence Levesque, Lottie Earls, Alice Christian, Dorothy Proulx, and Helen Proulx.
He was born in Southbridge, son of Arthur and Yvonne (Lamothe) Proulx, and lived here all his life. He was a member of St. John Paul II Parish, and a former member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, and the League of Sacred Heart.
Mr. Proulx was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a member of the VFW Post 6055. He retired from the American Optical Company, where he worked for over 40 years. He was an avid Red Sox fan, bowled on the senior league and played baseball for the American Optical Co. league.
The funeral will be Thursday, April 26, from Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge, with a Mass at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church, 263 Hamilton Street, Southbridge. A calling hour will be held prior to the mass from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private.
Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O.Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.