William R. Bordeleau

Deceased: 20 March 1974

Under: Obituary

William R. Bordeleau, manager of Community Services since December 1970 and closely associated with that area of the company's activities throughout his 26 years with Aramco, died suddenly in Dhahran last Wednesday, March 20. Funeral services were held Monday morning in the Dhahran Theater.

Since joining Aramco on Feb. 1, 1948, Mr. Bordeleau spent his entire career, except for a one-year period in Abqaiq, in Dhahran in what has been known most recently as Community Services. His first position here was as an administrator of expatriate housing.

For five years from the end of 1950 Mr. Bordeleau was a supervisor in Retail and then Retail and Wholesale Services. During the second half of the 1950's he was associated with Dhahran Residential Services, transferring to Abqaiq to become superintendent of Community Services there beginning in June 1960.

Returning to his original home area, Mr. Bordeleau was named general superintendent of Community Services and remained in that organization, whose name was changed in 1968 to Recreation and Residential Services, until he succeeded W. L. Crampton, the retiring incumbent, as manager of Community Services more than three years ago.

While Dhahran's recreation facilities were for a long time a part of his overall official responsibilities, Bill Bordeleau was himself a very active participant in many of the sports the Dhahran area offers. He became a charter member of the Rolling Hills Country Club soon after arriving here and has been a perennial member of its board and held the office of president of the RHCC during many terms. He has also held high offices over the years in the Arabian Golf Association. He was very instrumental in bringing into Arabia professionals who could improve the game of his fellow golfers, both veterans and neophytes.

Bill Bordeleau was an enthusiastic bowler, averaging scores of between 180 and 185 in Dhahran's lanes. His other major sport was badminton. In earlier days he was an active member of Dhahran's baseball and football teams.

Mr. Bordeleau was born and received his early education in Wallingford, Conn., and attended George Washington University and the University of Maryland. He was married in 1946 to Miss Marcelle Bruneau of Canada.

Besides his widow, Mr. Bordeleau is survived by a married daughter, Mrs. Kathleen LaMothe of Schefferville, Quebec; a two-year-old granddaughter, Melanie LaMothe; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William G. Bordeleau of Lake Worth, Fla.; a brother, Francis, of Wallingford, and a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Leahy who lives in Bel Air, Md.

Mrs. Bordeleau will be making her home at 37 West Blumosa Lane, Lake Worth, Fla. 33460. [Photograph]

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