Raymond Albert LeBrun of Bourne, who had a 30-year career in the Bourne Public Schools, died April 24. He was 86.
He was the husband of Lorraine E. LeBrun for 56 years; his wife died in 2015.
Born in Salem, he was the son of George and Lillian (Jalbert) LeBrun. He graduated from Salem High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.
In 1952, he enlisted in the US Navy, and in his four years of service he was awarded several medals. He played first base for the All-Navy baseball team.
Upon his discharge, Mr. LeBrun enrolled at Salem State College, where he also played baseball, and from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education.
Several years after their marriage, he and his wife moved from Salem to Cape Cod. They settled in Bourne in 1963 and raised six children here.
Mr. LeBrun earned a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College, and completed an additional 30 credits in guidance. He went on to a more than 30-year career in the Bourne Public Schools. He spent 20 years as a teacher and guidance counselor at Lyle Junior High School on Otis Air Force Base, and then in the fall of 1983 was transferred to Bourne High School to fill a guidance counselor position.
Before he left Lyle, he was honored by the faculty and staff for his 20 years there, and they gave him a painting.
At the high school he enjoyed working with the upperclassmen, helping them on their search for college and career paths. Upon his retirement on the last day of school in 1995, BHS Principal John A. Grondin called Mr. LeBrun a “truly caring teacher and individual” and said that he “could always be counted on to be at all the student functions. He is a great supporter of the students and all that they do.” Mr. Grondin also noted that Mr. LeBrun was “a great family man and an asset to the community” and said that he would be “greatly missed here at the high school.”
In addition to his work in the school system, Mr. LeBrun was known as the “Odd Jobber” during summers and on weekends. He provided painting, landscaping, and maintenance services to many clients who appreciated his work ethic and attention to detail.
With his wife he was fond of vacationing in Florida and Aruba, and particularly enjoyed a trip to Europe presented as a gift from their children upon his retirement.
His lifetime interest in sports created a passion for coaching and he was at the helm of many football, basketball, and baseball teams during his years in education. He coached the Dodgers of Bourne Little League to six championships from 1977 to 1982. After his retirement he volunteered to coach a women’s softball team.
Mr. LeBrun also taught religious education and was a devoted member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset. He shared his faith through his involvement in the Cursillo movement, and was one of the pioneer leaders of the Encountering Christ in Others (ECHO) program on Cape Cod.
He was a volunteer with The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands and ran weekly Bingo groups at Bourne Manor. He often delivered food and clothing to those in difficult circumstances. He had also served on the Bourne Council on Aging.
In his later years he enjoyed the communities at Atria Woodbriar Place and Keystone Place.
He leaves his children, Kathleen Norton Cannavo, Donna McGonagle, Peter LeBrun, Leanne Dineen, Michael LeBrun, and Scott LeBrun; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother and sister.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister.
A funeral Mass was said on Monday, April 29, at St. John the Evangelist Church.
Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.