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Rita M."Memere" (Fortin) McLeod

February 08, 2017

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Rita M."Memere" (Fortin) McLeod, 91, of Fairhaven, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the home of her daughter, after a period of declining health.  She was the wife of the late John W. McLeod.

Born in Fairhaven, daughter of the late Lucien and Exilda (Gobiel) Fortin, she was a lifelong resident of the town and graduate of Fairhaven High School class of 1942.  She was a devout Catholic and longtime communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, in Fairhaven.

Rita attended Kinyon Campbell Business School and later Fisher Junior College.  After raising her family, Rita worked as an administrative assistant at J.C. Rhodes until her retirement in 1987.  Before she was married she worked for the Law Offices of Rutsistsky and Paquin.  She was also well known in town for her cake making skills.

Rita was a member and past Secretary of the St. Mary’s Golden Agers.  She enjoyed watching and feeding her backyard birds and was an avid Red Sox fan.  She most of all enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and the company of her cat Ginger.

She is survived by a son, John R. McLeod, Sr. and his wife Lori of Fairhaven;  three daughters, Elaine M. Pasquill and Nancy J. Lewis and her husband Michael all of Fairhaven and Kathryn McLeod of Rochester;  12 grandchildren, Wayne, Kristine, Beth, Sara, Kate, Jesse, Mickey, John Jr., Sadie, Jocelyn, Alex, Becky and the late Cassandra;  many great grandchildren;  a great, great granddaughter and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including the Peirce family.  Rita was the sister of the late Lucien “Eddie” Fortin, Henry and Albert Fortin, Lauretta Giroux, Rose Prefontaine, Yvonne Rouselle and Anna Daigle.



Funeral Information

Calling hours are Sunday, from 2-5pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven.  Her funeral will be Monday, February 13, 2017, from the funeral home at 9:00am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven.  Interment will be in Nasketucket Cemetery, Fairhaven. 

Donations Information

Memorial donations may be made in Rita’s name to the Community Nurse and Hospice, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719.


Visitation:  Fairhaven Funeral Home

Service:  St. Joseph's, Fairhaven

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