Conrad N. Lajeunesse, 94, of Falmouth, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, October 5, 2018. He was predeceased by Florence, his beloved wife of 62 years.
He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on February 6, 1924 to Joseph and Yvonne Lajeunesse. At age six, he contracted polio and was one of the first children to successfully use the Iron Lung. He was left with minimal effects of the disease except for some partial paralysis in his throat. Dad graduated West Point Military Academy in 1947 and entered the newly formed United States Air Force. Basing assignments mostly included the then “Strategic Air Command” and both overseas and domestic bases.
He loved every aspect of the Air Force and had a love of airplanes and anything related to them for the rest of his life. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1967, based at Otis AFB. His training included a degree in Electrical Engineering and Explosive Ordinance Disposal School. He worked with Nuclear Weapons most of his career for both bombers and fighters which fit very well with his detail conscious mind and meticulous record keeping. He was stationed in Guam, Japan, Canada, and multiple bases throughout the US.
His first employment directly out of the Air Force was with Southern Airways where they hired him as their Director of Maintenance. Southern had just purchased a new fleet of DC9 jets and needed someone with a strong background in jets to oversee their fleet. He was perfect for that position. He commuted to Atlanta for three and a half years but ultimately decided that New England was best for the family so he left his position with Southern and remained on the Cape the rest of his life.
Dad also worked for a number of Cape Cod companies including Wright Oil, Poyant Real Estate, and his final work place, the Plymouth Savings Bank. He retired from the bank in 1995. He was a beloved employee wherever he worked, treasured as a meticulous record keeper, a loyal and tireless worker who thrived on a challenge and always produced results beyond the expected. People soon learned if you wanted a job done right, ask Conrad.
His passions were football, quality craft beer, good food, fast cars and planes, electronic gadgets and toys and friends, not necessarily in that order. He was a regular member of the Falmouth Athletic Club where he could be seen arriving at 6:45 every morning for his daily workout with Bill Wixon and other members.
He is survived by four of his six children Carl of Fort Myers, FL, Nina Meyer (Richard) of Yarmouth
Port, Marc (Anne) of Lafayette NJ, and Marie Van Law (James) of Charleston, SC, his son-in-law Bruce Mogardo, nine grandchildren, one great grandson and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his brother Don of Titusville, FL. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his oldest daughters Michele Mogardo and Suzanne Lajeunesse, and granddaughter Danielle Mogardo.
We wish to thank all his loyal friends at the Athletic Club, especially Bill Wixon, and his loyal friend Sue Todd who became so invaluable as a driver and caregiver in the last year of his life…true friends all.
A eulogy followed by a funeral Mass will begin at 9:45am on Friday, February 8th atSt. Patrick Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth. Interment will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.