Lucienne (nee LeBlanc) Biography
Lucienne (nee LeBlanc) is best known for being the wife surviving Rheal Cormier, a Canadian professional baseball left-handed pitcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball for 16 seasons, from 1991 through 2007. The Canadian pitcher, who spent 16 years in the major leagues is being reported to have died on Monday, March 8th after a battle with cancer.
Cormier was married to Lucienne (LeBlanc). Together, they had two children: Justin and Morgan. He became a United States citizen on September 22, 2004.
“Rheal was one of the most vibrant people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing,” Jim Thome, a former teammate of Cormier’s in Philadelphia and friend, said in a statement. “He loved baseball, but he always put his family first.
“(Cormier) was the kind of guy who would do anything for you and I’m lucky to have called him my friend for many years. Our time spent together in Philadelphia as teammates was unforgettable. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.”
Rheal Cormier Death & Cause
In January 2020, Cormier was diagnosed with a tumor in his lungs. He died of pancreatic cancer one year later on March 8, 2021. The native of Moncton, N.B. was 53. The Philadelphia Phillies, one of Cormier’s former teams, confirmed his passing.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former relief pitcher Rheal Cormier after a courageous battle with cancer,” the club tweeted.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 8, 2021
Cormier represented Canada at the 1987 Pan American Games, the 1988 and 2008 Olympics and the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He became an American citizen in 2004 and was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.
“Not only was he was one of the greatest major league relief pitchers ever to come from Canada, but he was a wonderful and charismatic guy who was proud of his Canadian roots and loved his family deeply,” Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations,“ said in a statement.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame says Cormier ranks second all-time for games pitched by a Canadian with 683.
A sixth-round pick by the St. Louis in 1988, Cormier broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals three years later. After being traded to Boston (1995), Cormier was shipped to the Montreal Expos in 1996.
During his tenure in Philadelphia, Cormier appeared in 363 games as a reliever. It’s the second-most in club history behind Tug McGraw and fourth-most of any relief pitcher. Cormier was also active in the community while with the Phillies. According to the team, he contributed regularly to Phillies Charities Inc. and visited area hospitals