Roger Andre Letourneau


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North Andover - On Monday morning our incomparable dad, Roger Andre Letourneau, died swiftly and in peace at his North Andover home. For many, many years he was widely known as the physician with the unlit cigar stub who treated thousands of patients across their lifespan without regard for their ability to pay. The medical practice motto was, simply, "The line forms to the right." Dr. Letourneau chose to age with his patients, working well into his 80s, and making bi-weekly hospital rounds with a walker, failing health and fading eyesight. He was kind and gentle, proudly difficult, and prone to smiling with a joke up his sleeve. He took genuine interest in everyone he met.
Dr. Letourneau, or "Doc," was born on Mt. Vernon in South Lawrence, the son of Rose and Louis Letourneau. After being booted out of the seminary at a tender age, he finished high school at Central Catholic, went on to Boston College, and completed medical studies at Lavalle University, in Quebec, Canada, and the University of Michigan in Lansing. It was at a jazz-filled chess club in Quebec that he met his match and the love of his life, a brilliant brunette bombshell and unbeatable player who played up to 16 games at a time. Jacqueline Noella Groulx and Roger married and had four children: Lyse, Renee, Mona, and Guy. Jackie died in 1988. He leaves behind granddaughters McKayla McCrum, Michelle McCrum, Ravn Jenkins; and great-grandson Pearse Haynes. He also leaves behind a sister, Doris Bernardin; brother-in-law, John Sylvester of Danbury, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews and their progeny.
Roger was most fond of work, cards, crosswords, feeding wild birds, book group, art, listening to music with Jackie and, much later, to lengthy audiobooks, and his cigars.
He will be long remembered and greatly missed.
With that zesty nonconformity and elan for which he was legend, Roger was keen on selecting Perez Funeral Home above all others. He saw in that blue awning and tidy facade the early cameo of himself as a first generation, young entrepreneur making a go at the American Dream from the ground zero of South Broadway Street in Lawrence. It's across the street from the old barber shop, former Al's Diner and the family drug store.
Calling hours are Friday 4 to 7 p.m.
A private service for family and friends will be held Saturday morning. Please inquire with Mona through Facebook or by phone.
Published on July 13, 2019
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Michael Bernardin
Jul 12, 2019
'Uncle ' Roger was a great man to me and my wife Lifang. He was always wanting to know more about us and share thoughts on life, culture, music and books. He also was one of the few people I have known who could present his point of view and then listen to an opposite opinion without judging it or the presenter! As a ND(Certified Naturopath) I would enjoy discussing health issues with him from both a medical and natural point of view and we often gave each other helpful professional advice. During a visit a week before he passed, we talked about the afterlife for which he wasn't as certain as I am. If anyone hears from him, please let me know :) . Bon voyage mon oncle! Je vous aime toujours...! MichaelRead more
Robert Kenny
Jul 12, 2019
Heavenly Heights Bouquet was purchased for the family of Roger Andre Letourneau by Robert Kenny.  Send flowers
Normam Letourneau
Jul 12, 2019
Roger was my uncle and one of my greatest friends. It was always fun with Letourneau family gatherings. I will miss him very much!
Jocelyne Scrofano
Jul 12, 2019
He was my primary care for years . My mom and dad looked at him like he was a God . If doctor Letourneau said it it was without questions you listen . Also may I ad he was gorgeous .. My since re sympathies
Jay Sylvester
Jul 12, 2019
Uncle Roger was instrumental in expanding my cultural worldview at an impressionable age, and, I hope, help make me the artist I am today. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Robert & Janet Leger
Jul 11, 2019
Hé was our Doctor for many years. HÉ WAS ONE OF THÉ BEST!!
Joyce LaFrance
Jul 11, 2019
Lyse and Renee,

Thinking of you as I read his wonderful story. I see that you both inherited the twinkle in your eyes from your Dad. I remember it fondly.

I'm very sorry for your loss.
Candy (Roberts) Lunt
Jul 11, 2019
I remember Dr. Letourneau and his unlit cigar!! May he rest in peace. I know him from the Bon Secours Hospital. May you have plenty of memories to comfort you at this time.
Kimberly A Julien
Jul 11, 2019
RIP Doctor Letourneau, to the man who saved my life, thank you and God bless you, may you rest in eternal peace with our lord Jesus.