Lena Lions honor Tom Bourassa

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Tedd Nadler, left, and Glenn Magnin, right, were among members of the Lena Lions Club honoring Tom Bourassa for his volunteer work in the community and club.

The Lena Lions Club honored Tom Bourassa on Dec. 3 for his many years of volunteer work for the club and the Oconto and Lena communities. Tedd Nadler, president of the Lena Lions, presented Bourassa with a recognition plaque.

Bourassa acts as chaplain of the Lena Lions and attends Lions board meetings and district meetings. One of Bourassa’s projects is the student of the month award.

Bourassa was born and raised in the town of Oconto, attended Elm Grove School and graduated from Oconto High School in 1949. In 1954, he enlisted in the Army and served in Japan during the Korean conflict.

After his military service, he married Viola Mortier in 1958. They are the parents of four sons and one daughter. One son, Joe, died in 1974. Some of his children were on hand to witness the award presentation.

Bourassa worked a number of jobs before he and Viola formed Bourassa Construction. After 43 years as president and owner of the company, he retired. The business is run by a son.

The Bourassas touched many lives through their support of local sports programs and youth organizations, and involvement with their church and community. Bourassa has been a member of Holy Trinity for 70 years. He has served as an usher, lector, religious education instructor, Mass server, school board member, building and grounds committee member, and a communion distributor at the Oconto County Jail and to the sick and the elderly.

He became a friend to many people in the church and community, especially the teens. He has served as a role model for the youth in the Oconto community and has donated many hours assisting those with special needs.

Bourassa was a member of the Oconto County Farm Service Agency for four years, the American Legion for eight years, Chemical People for five years and the Lena Lions for 16 years. Every year, he is one of the top salesmen for the Lions rose campaign.

Bourassa has been an active member of the Oconto Knights of Columbus Council for 47 years. He has served as district deputy, Grand Knight, chaplain and in other positions. He is also a member of the Fourth Degree Bishop Bona Assembly.

He has been a loyal, dedicated youth sports supporter. In 1978 he received the “Loudest Fan” plaque from Oconto High School and a No. 1 Fan award from the athletic director and principal of Oconto High School. In 1982, he received an autographed bat from the girls softball team.

The Oconto teachers honored him with the Friend of Education award, and the Oconto High School Student Council presented him with the S.C.O.P.E. award.

Bourassa wrote and published an autobiography of his life from early childhood to his wedding day.

He enjoys golfing, maintaining a large rock garden and participating in Machickanee Players performances.