Edward Buddy LeRoux Jr.
Edward Buddy LeRoux Jr. of Tuftonboro, N.H., a former part-owner of the Boston Red Sox, died Monday at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, N.H. He was 77.
Born in Woburn, he graduated from Woburn High School in 1950.
After finishing school, he worked extensively in real estate development in Boston and Central Florida. He served in the Marine Corps briefly and went on to become a sports trainer with the Barrie Flyers Hockey Team, a minor league affiliate of the Boston Bruins [team stats] in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
He was a trainer for the Boston Celtics [team stats] from 1958 to 1966.
From 1966 to 1977, he was the trainer for the Red Sox, including the Impossible Dream pennant winners in 1967. From 1978 to 1979, Mr. LeRoux served as vice president of the Red Sox and then became owner of the team until 1986.
Buddy was very friendly, very outgoing, said Lou Gorman, general manager for the Red Sox from 1964 to 1984. I think his legacy will be there forever in the Red Sox organization.
After leaving the sports industry, Mr. LeRoux invested heavily in real estate in New England and Florida. He opened the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn. He also developed many elderly housing facilities throughout New England and Florida.
He was a member of the Presidents Committee on the Handicapped, the Presidents Committee on Physical Fitness and the Governors Committee on Physical Fitness. He founded Champions for Children at Bostons Childrens Hospital and in the 1960s he traveled throughout Europe and South America conducting athletic injury clinics for the State Department.
He had enjoyed spending summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in Tuftonburo since 1959.
Mr. LeRoux is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Adelaide (Wyse); two daughters, Lisa Tranchita of Tuftonburo and Denise McCall of Weston, Fla.; a son, Scott of Tuftonburo; a brother, Roger of Tuftonburo; two sisters, Judy McGue of Medfield and Dianne West of Nashua, N.H.; five grandchildren, a great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church, Wolfeboro.
Burial will be in Townhouse Cemetery, Tuftonburo.
Arrangements by Lord Funeral Home, Wolfeboro.