CUMBERLAND — Ronald Alphonse LeBlanc, 59, of Cumberland Center, died at home on Feb. 27.
Born in Meteghan Centre, Nova Scotia, to Alphonse and Cecile (Thibedeau) LeBlanc, he lived most of his life in the United States. He became a citizen on June 15, 1964.
LeBlanc attended schools in Nova Scotia and the U.S., obtaining a degree in computer technology. He married his former wife, Thea, in December 1986. They had a son together, Crispen, and though later divorced, remained good friends. Through this marriage, LeBlanc became stepfather to her children, Micah and Maija.
LeBlanc was a well-known builder in the Portland area, work he greatly enjoyed. In 2006, he went to Antarctica to help support the McMurdo Research Station near the South Pole. He also worked in New Orleans, helping to rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina.
An avid traveler, he visited other destinations including Japan, Costa Rica, Jamaica and New Zealand. He especially loved nature and being outdoors. Early in life he was a cyclist and runner, and in the summer of 1981 he hiked across the United States. Camping and hiking long continued to be his passions, which LeBlanc shared with his son and stepson. He also enjoyed visiting Clare, Nova Scotia, with his nieces and nephew.
LeBlanc spent many nights camping and kayaking around the islands of Casco Bay, meeting people who became close friends. They included kayaking partner Kim Schroeter, who went on trips with him through the Maine Outdoor Adventure Club.
LeBlanc is survived by his son, Crispen LeBlanc and wife, Mika; stepdaughter, Maija Comeau and husband, Keith; stepson, Micah Hilton and partner, Tanya Arens; three grandchildren, Marcus, Hunter and Chase; two sisters, Mariette LeBlanc, and Simone Rogan and husband, Paul; a nephew, Paul, and two nieces, Monique and Justine. He is also survived by his beloved “Tante Edith,” of Nova Scotia.
At LeBlanc’s request, a memorial will be held at a later date near St. Mary’s Bay in Nova Scotia.
For those who would like, memorial donations can be made to any of the organizations he supported, such as Rippleffect, Habitat for Humanity or The Pine Tree Society.