Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Joe-Levesque-SMALLBRISTOL – Deacon Joseph Jean-Eudes Levesque, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Harford, died on July 16, 2010.

He was the son of the late Thomas Meddly Levesque and Ernestine Goudreault Levesque of Bristol. An early member of St. Ann Parish, he attended the parish elementary school. He graduated from Bristol High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably in the occupation of Japan. After returning from his service, he attended Cheshire Academy and graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Deacon Levesque and his colleague, Henry LeBlanc, founded and operated the L & L Pharmacy in Forestville. Deacon Levesque later owned and operated the Liggett Rexall Pharmacy in the Bristol Plaza and then was a pharmacist for CVS.

He married the late Ardath Milburn in 1955.

Deacon Levesque was ordained to the diaconate in 1981 and served at St. Ann for 29 years. He also taught religious education for the parish for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his sons Mark, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Alan, of Simsbury; Michael, of Madison; Richard, of Southington; and Thomas, of Bristol; and foster son, Father Attillio Zarrella of Maryland; and daughters Lynne, of Howard, Colo.; and Nicole, of Windsor Locks; brothers Paul, of Gilmanton, N.H.; and Pierre, of Unionville; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a grandson, Thomas Levesque Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 22 at St. Ann Church. Entombment followed in the Holy Family Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.

Donations in Deacon Levesque’s memory may be made to St. Ann Church, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010.