Saturday, July 11, 2009

Romeo LeBlanc, RIP

Roméo LeBlanc, formerly Governor General of Canada, and the first Acadian to hold the position, died June 24. The funeral was held in Memramcook on July 3 (and here).

Overshadowing the death of LeBlanc has been a controversy over whether the Prime Minister of Canada should have received communion at the funeral.

I had the pleasure of meeting LeBlanc in 1999 at the LeBlanc family reunion in Erath, LA, held in conjunction with that year's Congres Mondial Acadien. His body guards pressed close, but he brushed them off and told them to enjoy themselves saying, "I'm with my family."