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Former Waterloo principal, WWII vet & coach passes away

Edward Mark Boudreau of Waterloo, passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday morning in Bradenton, Florida, following a brief illness. Boudreau is best known for his years as principal, teacher and coach at Waterloo High School, but as you will read in his obituary, he led an amazing life that will have a lasting impact on all fortunate enough to know him…Ed was born in Hyde Park, New York, on April 3, 1927, the son of Mark and Alma Boudreau. Following his graduation from Roosevelt High School in 1944, he embarked on a life which was marked by public service to his country and community. He served in the Navy during W.W.II and was a decorated Veteran of the war against the Imperial Forces of Japan in the Pacific Theater.Following his service with distinction during W.W.II, he attended and graduated from Oswego State University in 1951. While there he lettered in basketball all four years. While student teaching in the Waterloo School District he was offered and accepted a permanent position as a social studies teacher and coach in the District. From 1951 to 1964 he taught and coached several teams including football, basketball and baseball. As the varsity basketball coach, he successfully led Waterloo Teams to their first two sectional championships, in 1956 and again in 1957. He was awarded the honor of “Coach of the Year” five times. He was a great supporter of all types of athletics, including establishing the Waterloo Varsity Club in 1954, helping to create The Waterloo Sports Hall of Fame, and serving as a Section V Football official for many years. He was inducted into the Waterloo Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. After earning his Certification in Administration, he became the guidance counselor at the Waterloo Junior High School in 1964. He then became the Junior High School Principal in 1965 and served in that capacity until 1984, at which time he became the Principal of the Waterloo High School until his retirement in 1989. During the time he served as an administrator in the Waterloo School District he encouraged and promoted several programs including enrichment, foreign languages, reading and community involvement in the curriculum. He served on several boards of directors and committees including: President of Waterloo Rotary Club, Seneca County Red Cross, Seneca County United Way, Section V High School Athletics, Waterloo Little League, Geneva American Legion, Waterloo Hall of Fame, Section V Football Officials, Section V Baseball Umpires, and Gould Pumps Scholarship Committee.After his retirement from the Waterloo School District, he served for 12 years on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors where he was elected to six terms as Town of Waterloo Supervisor. While representing the Town of Waterloo as a Member of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, he chaired or served on various committees including the County Personnel Committee, the Committee on Veteran Affairs and the Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation Committee. He was a member of Seneca Falls Country Club for more than 40 years. He cherished the time spent there with friends and family. He also acted as the General Manager at the Seneca Falls Country Club in 1990. He was a devoted member and communicant of Saint Mary’s Church in Waterloo for over 60 years. In addition to his public service, Big Ed, as he was affectionately known, enjoyed his friends, former students, former athletes, County employees and officials, his fellow educators and coworkers from the Waterloo School District and community members.His true love, however, was in spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and watching them participate in sporting events and cultural activities. Having grown up without knowing a grandparent, he saw to it that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren did not have the same experience and he traveled far and wide to attend their activities and events. He is survived by his adoring and devoted wife of 62 years, Cecelia (Bertino); a sister, Irene Campbell; two daughters, Deborah (Louis) DiLorenzo and Joan Lincoln; one son , Edward (Jill) Boudreau; a daughter-in-law, Vicky Boudreau; grandchildren, Louis (Lindsay) DiLorenzo, Lisa (Patrick) Patchen, Laura (Zack) Page, Sean Boudreau, Julia Boudreau, Elizabeth (Mike) Altieri, Jessica (Patrick) Wallenhorst, Taylor Lincoln, Jacqueline Boudreau and Emily Boudreau; great-grandchildren, Miabella DiLorenzo, Alessandra DiLorenzo, Louis P. DiLorenzo III, Lucas Patchen, Miles Patchen, Tate Patchen and Luciana Page. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Mark and Alma Boudreau, his son Mark Boudreau and a sister, Annie Lou Disbrow.A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Mary’s Church in Waterloo, New York, in the Spring of 2015.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either The Boudreau Scholarship Fund or St. Mary’s Church.To make a donation to the Boudreau Scholarship Fund, please send checks to:The Boudreau Scholarship Fund C/O Edward Boudreau56 Taylor AvenueWaterloo, N.Y. 13165.

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