HENNIKER, NH: John P. LeBrun lost his battle with cancer on January 29th, 2023, at the VNA hospice house in Concord. He was 68 years old. He put up the fight of a lifetime until the very end.
John was born in Woonsocket, RI, on December 15th, 1954, the fourth of five children born to Robert and Pauline LeBrun. A proud graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy, John went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, his Master’s in Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and his JD from Franklin Pierce Law School. His law practice, Goldman and LeBrun, was his professional home for decades. Prior to his diagnosis, he was primarily representing clients at New Hampshire Hospital, a job he deeply valued.
John attended all his daughters’ athletic events, from childhood through high school. He played catch in the yard with us after dinner. He educated us on all things Beatles, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Allman Brothers. He taught us to ice skate and ski. Our friends remember trips in the “way way back” of his Volvo wagon to play mini golf or ride go-karts on the weekends. As hard as work could be, he never carried it with him in the door at the end of the day; he was always just “Dad” when he came home.
His greatest love was our mom, Debbie. Married for 41 years, John loved Debbie more than anyone or anything. He was loyal, unwavering, and supportive throughout their marriage. They shared mutual loves of good music and good food, and as Mom always says, they traveled well together. Mom’s extroversion perfectly complemented Dad’s introversion. He kissed her every night when he walked in the door. Until the end, the most important thing to him was always that Mom was okay.
John is survived by his loving wife, Debbie LeBrun, of Henniker, his daughter, Emily Dillon, and son-in-law, Steven Dillon of Hillsborough, and his daughter, Audrey Redmond, and son-in-law, Aiden Redmond of Concord. He was a beloved “Papa” to his five grandchildren, John LeBrun, Colton Dillon, Savannah Dillon, Oscar Redmond, and Flynn Redmond. He leaves behind two sisters and a brother, as well as lifelong friends and colleagues across New England.
We are grateful to the VNA hospice house for their compassionate care in his final days. Play a song by The Dead or root passionately for the New England Patriots as a way of remembering John and holding him in your heart.
A funeral service will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton, NH, on Saturday, February 25th at 2:00pm.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service Hillsboro, NH is assisting the family.