WWII Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient
Leo Edgar Bournival, 96, of Waterbury, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019. He was the husband of the late Marie Claire (Berthiaume) Bournival.
Leo was born in Trios-Riveres, Province of Quebec, Canada on March 27, 1922, to Ovila and Rita (Lord) Bournival. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 5th Army, 3rd Division, 441st Battalion Anti-Aircraft. He was part of the European Theater and the Anzio, Italy Invasion of 1944, where he received a Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster pin for three separate injuries, before going into France, then Germany.
Leo worked as a header tool setter for most of his life, retiring from CT Manufacturing in 1985. He was an avid bowler in his early years and later took up golf, which he played until the age of 91, proudly scoring three hole in ones. He also enjoyed landscaping, gardening, and horseshoes. Most of all, Leo was a proud family man who loved them all dearly.
Leo is survived by his four sons, Norman Bournival, and his wife, Gail, of Waterbury; Gary Bournival, and his wife, Sharon, of Thomaston; Daniel Bournival, and his wife, Fe, of Waterbury; Mark Bournival, and his wife, Deborah, of Torrington; his four daughters, Susan Barrowclough, of Waterbury; Denise Bournival, and her husband, Steve, of Meridian, ID; Linda Bournival, of Waterbury; and Andrea Bournival, Waterbury; his 5 grandchildren, Andrew; Jennifer, Crystal; Kimberly; and Lori; 3 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Including his wife of 61 years, Marie Claire, Leo was predeceased by all of his siblings, Bruno Bournival; Fernand “Butch” Bournival; Gillis Bournival; Cecile Dussault; Ida Pichette; and Julie Hebert.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Woodtick Memorial, 420 Woodtick Road, Wolcott. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, to St. Michael’s Church, 62 St. Michael Dr., Waterbury for Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery with full Military honors.
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