March 29, 1933 – June 20, 2020
Manchaug – Jean M. (Leslie) Bisson, of Manchaug, formerly of Worcester and Westborough, passed away surrounded by family Saturday, June 20, 2020 after a period of declining health.
Jean was born in Worcester the eldest of five children of Joseph and Nellie (Tebo) Leslie. Raised in Worcester, she graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and then furthered her education earning two Master’s Degrees, and a Doctorate from several higher learning schools such as Becker, Anna Maria, Assumption, the University of Massachusetts, Radcliff and Northwestern.
Throughout her career, Jean was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, in addition to a dedicated medical professional and educator. She worked as an administrative assistant and unit coordinator for the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and for the City of Worcester as a psychologist for special needs children before retiring.
Jean’s husband, Joseph “Ray” Bisson passed away in January of 1986. She is survived by three children, Andrea J. Quinn and her husband Terry of Southbridge, Jeffrey P. Bisson and his fiance Melissa Vernon of Manchaug, with whom Jean lived; Kenneth J. Bisson and his wife Laura of Charlton; two sisters, Joan Perna of Worcester and Mary Morrison of Rutland , five grandchildren of which she was so proud of, Ryan J. Quinn, Adam Quinn and his wife Maegan, Mitchell Bisson and his wife Alycia; Jacob and Dylan Bisson; two great grandchildren, Owen and Alec Quinn; nieces, nephews, and extended family members including her niece Susan Moisan who was very close to Jean. She is predeceased by her sister, Janice Bond and Brother Richard Leslie.
Jean was a true believer in higher education and the belief that a woman should be able to stand on her own two feet. She encouraged the people around her to continue to grow and learn through education and life’s experiences. Jean was an accomplished baker and enjoyed making special cakes for her family and friends. She was a passionate supporter of St Jude Research and hospital, and the ASPCA for animals. In her spare time, Jean enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, classic New England seafood, old movies, and Perry Mason reruns.
Jean’s funeral will be held Friday, June 26th at 11 am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1290 Grafton St. Burial next to her husband will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. Calling hours are Private.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN. www.stjude.org/donate.
The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St is honored to assist the family with arrangements.