William Louis L'Heureux



William Louis L'Heureux, 89, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 21, 2009. He had spent a few days each at Providence Hospital and Avamere Three Fountains following a fall at home. He was in the latter stages of Alzheimer's and the fall accelerated his rapid decline. Bill was born in New Bedford, Mass., on May 18, 1920 to John William and Avis Pittsley L' Heureux. He had fond memories of picnics and clambakes at Cape Cod, and loved the Atlantic Ocean.

He joined the Army in March 1943 and was honorably discharged in February 1946. He served as sergeant with medals and ribbons from service in the Asian Pacific Theater. In the following years he moved to Long Beach, Calif. Eastman's Office Supply and Stationary Store employed him. Eastman's distributed office supplies to other stores throughout California and finally became The Office Depot, now widely known. Bill had a high level position and was fond of his staff. At one point, he personally paid for a black tie dinner for approximately 200 staff members. After the dinner festivities they all crossed the street to attend the theater, which Bill had reserved especially for them. Bill loved the theater, especially musicals, until the end of his life. He personally met many well-known stars backstage.

Bill showed bulldogs in large dog shows for many years. He loved each and every dog, as well as his cat, Dolly. His last dog, Coco, an American Water Spaniel, was at his side every day until her death in 2008.

He also belonged to a very active car club and loved showing his yellow Thunderbird convertible.Bill had a warm and generous nature. He provided funds to support a child through the Christian Children's Fund for many years. He had several favorite charities, but the Salvation Army held a special place in his heart.

In 1996, he moved to Medford. He became a member of the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ. Pastor Kurt Katzmar gave Bill a large print copy of The Lord's Prayer, which he kept at his bedside. During the last four years of his life, Bill established his "dream team" to assist him to live in his home with Coco as long as possible.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Donald L'Heureux. Survivors include his sister-in-law, Marion L'Heureux; nephew, Donald L'Heureux; and family of Queen Creek, Ariz.

No services are planned according to his wishes. Interment will be at Forest Lawn, Long Beach, Calif., next to his mother.