March 5, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Obituary: Leo Lawrence Bourget 1925 – 2013:

Leo Bourget, a former Santa Monica businessman and Pacific Palisades resident, passed away February 5, 2013 at the age of 87.

He was born in Santa Monica, California, on August 10, 1925 to August and Celina Bourget. 

Leo grew up learning the values of family, faith, and hard work. Starting at the age of 7 he sold newspapers on the sidewalks of Santa Monica. His father would take his daily earnings to help support the family, and he would receive a $0.25 allowance every weekend to go to the movies and buy popcorn and candy.

Leo did not graduate from high school, as he enlisted in the Navy at 17 years of age to support the U.S. efforts in World War II. 

At the end of the war his ship was stationed in Port Angeles, where he met his wife of 68 years, Marjorie Shamp, on a blind date. After World War II he worked at Rayonier Mill and picked strawberries to support his family. Within five years – and four children later – Leo and Marge moved to Santa Monica, where he started a business with his brothers.

Although Leo had only a seventh grade education he helped build a multi-million dollar company. Bourget Bros. Building Materials was established in 1947 after brothers Henry, Lawrence and Leo Bourget bought a concrete manufacturing plant and opened Bourget Concrete Products Co. with an initial investment of $300 for a resale permit, business license and rental on a small store.

It was just after World War II, and the brothers saw a tremendous demand for concrete blocks. Spurred by the post-war construction boom, the business grew. In 1950, the brothers stopped manufacturing masonry units and expanded their product line to include natural building stone, plumbing, masonry, landscaping supplies, bricks, tools and hardware. This expansion resulted in a complete building materials supply establishment and prompted a new company name, Bourget Bros. Building Materials. When Bourget Bros. bought an existing stone company in West L.A. (Coast Flagstone Co.), it was Leo who was dispatched to the location to build up the business. Eventually that business, now thriving, was moved to Santa Monica and was renamed Bourget Flagstone Co.

At the age of 35, Leo decided that he needed his high school diploma, as he was demanding all his children graduate from high school. He worked an average of twelve hours a day and went to school at night in order to graduate.

Leo was a rare individual who could relate to poor, sick, famous, blue and white collar, all races alike. It was often said of him “he is my favorite!” 

Leo was warm, loving, sincere, funny, goofy, understanding, charismatic, passionate, vibrant, tough, wonderful, caring, eccentric, devoted, dynamic, and forgiving – the list is never ending. 

Leo loved his family deeply and was always there for them, to protect and support them. 

Leo’s loves were his wife, Marge, family, God, fishing, golf, rummy cubes, stone cutting and laying stone, cards, horseshoes, his country and, of course, chardonnay.  While living in Pacific Palisades, Leo and Marge were very involved with the Lutheran Church. Leo retired to Port Angeles in the late 1990’s.

He touched the hearts of everyone who met him. 

Leo was preceded in passing by his son, Vaughn; daughter, Lorraine.

He will be waiting for his wife, Marjorie, daughters, Sharon and Annette; sons, Dennis, Larry, and Jim; daughters-in-law Diane, Belen, and Theresa; brothers Leonard and John; sixteen grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren. 

A “Celebration of Life” will be held this Sunday, Feb. 24 from 12 pm to 2 pm at Bourget Flagstone Co., 1810 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to Port Angeles Food Bank, P.O. Box 1885, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

in News
Related Posts

Instagram Executive Puts Spanish-Style Venice Home on the Market

March 4, 2024

March 4, 2024

Nestled in the heart of the East of Lincoln neighborhood, the bungalow includes coved ceilings According to a report by...

Seven-Bedroom Beachfront Home Lists for $12.5M

March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024

Built in 1929, Amenities Include a Sparkling Pool, Home Theater and Elevator  This beachfront residence, boasting panoramic views from Palos...

LA City Council Greenlights Master Leasing Program to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024

Unanimous Vote Sets Stage for Different Approach to Expand Housing Options The Los Angeles City Council came one step closer...

LAHSA Report Exposes Failures of Anti-Camping Ordinance, Allegedly Kept Secret Since November

March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024

City Controller and Council Members Speak Out Against Withheld Report  LA City Controller Kenneth Meija posted comments on social media...

Construction Alert: Topanga Canyon Boulevard Faces Nightly Closures Starting March 4

March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024

Caltrans Announces 18-Mile Project Spanning Chatsworth to PCH Commuters in the Los Angeles area should prepare for significant delays as...

Film Review: Nyad

February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

FILM REVIEWNYADRated PG-13121 MinutesReleased November 3rdOscar Nominations: Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress “I failed many times, but I can...

Security Officers Being Deployed at Big Blue Bus Stations and Routes

February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

The Guards will be provided by a firm with other security contracts with the city of Santa Monica  By Zach...

Leap Day Brings Once-in-Four-Year Deals at Popular Restaurants All Day Long

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’, and More Roll Out Special Offers to Mark the Occasion Leap Day, that rare additional day occurring...

Sweet Lady Jane’s Social Media Tease Continues As Locations Sport Hiring Notices

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Mysterious Posts Leave Fans Eager for the Return, But Questions Linger By Dolores Quintana After resurfacing on social media, the...

Upcoming Ice Cream Shop on Montana Ave. Will Serve Multitude of Vegan Flavors

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

The Company Has Come a Long Way Since Its Humble Beginnings as a New York City Food Truck By Zach...

(Video) Pro-Palestine Protest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Protesters were there to protest the arrival of U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi Counter-protesters drove by in a car. @smmirrornews Pro-Palestine...

(Video) Restaurants Replace Glass Front Doors After Late Night Robbery Spree in Del Ray

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Seven restaurants and small businesses in Del Rey and Venice, including Nick the Greek and Dudley Market, were robbed. Council...

SMMUSD Appoints New Asst. Superintendent of Education Services

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Dr. Williamson Will Assume Her Role on March 8, Bringing 17 Years of Education Experience In a special board meeting...

Hollywood Royalty to Shine at 96th Oscars: First Wave of Star-Studded Presenter Lineup Unveiled

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Incredible Lineup of Actors and Previous Oscar Winners Announced Executive producer and showrunner Raj Kapoor, along with executive producers Molly...

Vote Smart, Vote Early: Streamlining Your 2024 Presidential Primary Experience in L.A. County

February 27, 2024

February 27, 2024

Skip the Lines and Save Time – Your Guide to Early Voting Options  In preparation for the upcoming 2024 Presidential...