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Alfred Jean Lemire

January 12, 1934 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Alfred Lemire Obituary

“I love life and love people and would not leave this life willingly”

Alfred Jean (Al) Lemire, 89, died on December 16, 2023 at the Jewish HealthCare Center, Worcester, MA. Born on January 12, 1934, Alfred was the youngest son of Dr. Joseph Eduoard Lemire and Alida Exilda (Granger). He was predeceased by his brothers Joseph, Louie, Paul, and Georges and by his sister, Marie Ernestine.

His lost his father when he was ten and his mother when he was seventeen, but with the support of his brothers and sister, he graduated from Assumption Prep and the University of Maryland, and, as an enlisted soldier, studied Chinese at the Army Language School in Monterey, California. After graduation from Maryland, he worked as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal in Washington, DC., beginning his career in journalism, a career that fit with his English major.

He reported on sports and wrote human interest stories for The Daily Banner in Cambridge, Maryland and then the Salisbury Times on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In 1964, after a year of teaching, he returned to work for the newspaper he had delivered to people across Main Street from Clark University and other streets near his own, Gates Street. A recipient of the Ralph M. Hall Award of the Worcester County Editor’s Council, he was proud of a series of articles that led to the reorganization of house assessments in Worcester and a frontpage story he wrote for the Salisbury Times about a South American weasel that escaped from a local zoo. Writing about his neighbors helped him to understand and respect them more and gave him the satisfaction of serving others.

In his slightly more than 20 years as editor of Paul Revere Life Insurance Co., he led two publications. One served the company’s sales staff. The other largely contained Mr. Lemire’s articles on developments in the Home Office and reports of the loss of life of company staff.

Al was devoted to his Catholic faith, his French-Canadian heritage, and his family. Like his siblings, he had a life-long intellectual curiosity, was an avid reader, and enjoyed a variety of interests: hiking on the Appalachian trail where he was known by the name Keys, photography, gardening, classical music, following the Red Sox, Patriots, and the Notre Dame football and women’s basketball teams, genealogy, and local history. A bibliophile, he had an especial love of languages and even in his last days enjoyed brushing up on his Tagalog and creating a dictionary of interesting words.

Nothing brought a smile to his face more quickly than to hear news of his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and of his neighbor’s daughters. He loved life and people, had a sympathy for others, and always tried to be kind to others and help those in need. A unique individual, he left an impression on all who knew him. As his mother’s friend Corinne Rocheleau wrote: En Amerique aussi, il faut qu’ on se souvienne.

 The family would like to express their thanks to the Jewish HealthCare Center, to John Paul Plouffe and Golden Rule Home Care, to Susan Ritz and Nicole Kanis, and especially to Dr. Joshua Greenberg, for their kind care.

A Funeral Masss will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at Christ the King Church, 1052 Pleasant St, Worcester, followed by burial with Military Honors at Notre Dame Cemetery.  A calling hour will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 am in the church prior to Mass.  Arrangements are in the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, Worcester.

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December 21, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Christ the King Church
1052 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA 01602

Funeral Mass
December 21, 2023

11:00 AM
Christ the King Church
1052 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA 01602


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