Norman Joseph Labbe
Eagle Lake - Norman Joseph Labbe, age 95 of Eagle Lake, was called home on September 19, 2019 following a brief illness. Norman lived his long, full life by the qualities he held most dear: family, faith, service, sharing knowledge, and love of country. Norman entered this world on December 4, 1923 in a humble farmhouse in Winterville, Maine. Norman worked right alongside his parents and brother, harvesting potatoes and caring for livestock. Norman excelled in his studies and dreamed of becoming a teacher. Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the US entry into World War II, Norman put his studies at the University of Maine on hold and enlisted in the US Army. The love of his life, Mary Furlong, remained in Eagle Lake praying for his safe return. Norman's gift for language led to intensive training in the French language and history at New York University in New York City. He was then ordered to North Carolina to train as a Glider soldier and paratrooper. Norman joined the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles, where he landed behind enemy lines and held off Hitler's surrounding army in the Battle of Bastogne. The Screaming Eagle's took over Hitler's Berghof and Eagle's Nest, gaining valuable intel and later guiding Allied commanders on tours through the fortress. Norman returned to Maine at the end of the war and married Mary in Eagle Lake. Sons John and Michael were born in the following years as Norman and Mary completed their degrees at the University of Maine with the boys in tow. Norman moved the family to Connecticut where he spent decades teaching and mentoring city youth as a Guidance Counselor at Weaver High School in Hartford, CT. Every summer, Norman packed up the family and headed to "The Camp" on the shore of Eagle Lake, enjoying months of fishing, camping, and entertaining family and friends. Norman and Mary decided to spend their golden years living the "Snowbird Life" between Eagle Lake and Venice, Florida. Following Mary's sudden passing in 1998, Norman returned to Eagle Lake permanently. Norman soldiered on, spending several years assisting parish priests by reading aloud Mass readings in French at Mercy Home. Eagle Lake Honor Roll students received personal calls from "Mr. Labbe" congratulating them on their hard work. Norman thrived on providing "teachable moments" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren- from French vocabulary to properly reeling in a salmon. Norman's mind, wit, and love of crosswords remained strong until the end. Norman held many titles: son, friend, brother, soldier, husband, Dad, teacher, "Pere", "Grandpere", and Red Sox Fan.
Norman was predeceased by: his parents, Clarence and Maria Labbe; his brother, Clarence Labbe Jr.; and his beloved wife Mary.
Left to cherish Norman's memory and wisdom: son John (Jane) Labbe; son Michael (Martha) Labbe; grandson Jamie (Kristy) Labbe; granddaughters Amanda (Nicholas) Perry and Jessica Labbe (Ryan); great-granddaughters Emmeline Perry, Amelia Perry, and Esme Labbe; and Max, Norman's faithful feline companion.
The family would like to thank Crosswinds Staff for providing Norman with compassionate care while allowing him to maintain independence. The family also thanks so many others in our extended family, including Elizabeth Tardiff and Carol Labbe, for their help and support.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday September 26, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: The Ladies of St. Anne of Eagle Lake.
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Published on September 24, 2019


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