WADDINGTON, New York (WWNY) – The funeral for Richard G. Legault (Rick), 73, of Waddington, NY, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at the Frary Funeral Home with Msgr. Aucoin officiant. Interment will follow at Notre-Dame cemetery with military honors. Call hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to funeral services at Frary Funeral Home on Saturday June 26, 2021. Mr. Legault passed away on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2021, at Claxton Medical Center Hepburn, but his flawless humor, kindness and generosity will not be forgotten.
Rick was born July 1, 1947, in Timmins, Ontario, CA, the youngest son of Laurent and Isabelle Whalen Legault. He graduated from the Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1965 and enlisted in the Navy. He served on the USS Annapolis (AGMR-1) off the coast of Vietnam and on the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) before his honorable release in 1968. Upon his return, he received his apprenticeship diploma. of the local bricklayer 81. Richard married Theresa Sweeney on July 4, 1970 at Notre Dame Church with the Reverend Roland Menard as officiant. He worked for the Alcoa Aluminum Company of America for over 32 years before retiring in 2005. He loved people, could strike up a conversation anywhere with anyone, and he never met a car he didn’t like. His friends and family will recall that they were often surprised when he visited because he always arrived in a car they didn’t recognize, and it was rarely the same as his last visit. He loved dancing, laughing, Elvis Presley, and although he never knew the lyrics to the songs, he was always able to make them up when he sang them, and they were always funnier. His advice was free, offered free of charge, and always friendly. He was a mason by trade and a builder of nature, and always available to help his friends. Maybe the only thing he didn’t like was the winter in the north of the country, but he was somehow able to handle the cold by switching to a “winter t-shirt”.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Theresa (Tee) Legault; his two children, Richard L. Legault and his wife Suzanne, of Silver Spring, MD and Kathleen Whitchurch and her husband Christian, of Los Gatos, CA; his two grandchildren, Nicolas Legault and Elliot Whitchurch; his brothers, Laurent J. Legault and his wife Genieve, of Dayton, OH and Gerald E. Legault and his wife Virginia, Sweetwater, TN; her sister, Paulette Stearns and her husband Paul, of Louden, TN; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents.
Retired Rick enjoyed traveling and riding with his “biker gang” of dear friends, helping friends, family and neighbors wherever he could, as well as his special cat, Blizz.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Potsdam Human Society, 17 Madrid Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676 or Vietnam Veterans of America at https://vva.org/donate/. Condolences can be made online at www.fraryfuneralhomes.com
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