Leo A. Foisy

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PORTLAND - Leo A. Foisy passed away peacefully at home with family caring for him, on January 8, 2019 after a brief illness.

He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on May 20, 1923 to Alphonse and Leah Bourque Foisy. His father died when Leo was four years old, hence he and his younger brother Wilfred spent a few years in an orphanage before going to live with their paternal grandmother.

He joined the Navy in 1941 and went to sea on various ships, most notable the USS Viburnum which was hit by a Japanese mine in 1944. Leo was the only injured survivor, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. During WWII, he traveled to over 20 different countries.

After the war he became a firefighter for the Portland Fire Department for 24 years, and worked at various fire stations in Portland. After retirement from the Fire Department, he went to work in a civilian position at the Brunswick Naval Air Station for many years. He most always held two jobs during his working life, whether his second job was landscaping, scuba diving, or truck driving.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing, mostly at the Elks Club and Italian Heritage of Portland, family gatherings, scuba diving for recreation, socializing with friends, other Veterans and Bingo games at St. Pius Church.

Leo is survived by his loving wife Virginia (Vincenza Fernandez) Foisy of 74 years and 11 months. He is also survived by his son Richard Foisy and wife Kathryn of Westbrook, daughter Bernadette Foisy of Portland, grandsons Ryan Foisy and wife Sherrie of Gorham, Jeremy Felbauer of Portland, Alexander Felbauer of Portland, and granddaughters Maria Foisy Cullins and husband Raymond of New Gloucester and Angela Feldbauer of Raymond. Surviving great grandchildren are Liam Cullins of New Gloucester, Grace Cullins-Forant of New Gloucester, Jack Foisy of Gorham, Ethan Feldbauer and Leah Feldbauer of Portland, as well as numberous nephews and great nephews and a niece and great nieces, and cousins.

Family Fuenral Mass was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church where he was a life-long communicant, on January 15, 2019.

Interment will be in the spring at Calvary Cemetery, So. Portland.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 3, 2019
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