LEOMINSTER --- Roland H. “Flip” Lozeau Sr; 92 years old , of Leominster, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at home.
Roland was born December 27, 1924 in Fitchburg MA, the son of Elphege and Marrilda (Gelinas) Lozeau. He leaves 2 sons, Roland H. Lozeau Jr and his wife Sarah of Templeton, and David R. Lozeau of Templeton, 2 daughters, Janet K. Cameron and her husband David of Gardner and Susan Lozeau and her partner Tammy Scott of Fitchburg, his brother Armand Lozeau of New Hampshire, 3 grandchildren, Shannon Lozeau Lampi, Kurt Moisan and Nathan Moisan, and 3 great grandchildren Madison Carter, Briah Romanson and Jacob Sylvia, his best friend Fred DeFeaut, and many nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Gloria M. (Leblanc) Lozeau, his son Steven Lozeau and by 3 brothers Lionel, Raymond and Paul.
Roland graduated from Fitchburg High School, after graduating from high school he enlisted in the US Army in 1942. He saw action in New Guinea, Southern Philippines, and Luzon. He was honorably discharged in 1948, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Service Stars. After being discharged in 1948, he joined the US Air Force Reserves and served until 1968. He was employed as a mechanic for the Crowley Corp, later opening his own garage in Leominster until his retirement. After retirement he went to work for Padula Brothers as a mechanic. Flip loved going to and hanging out at the Turnout in Leominster. He was very dedicated to the sport of roller skating for more than half a century, spreading enthusiasm in the Northeast and beyond. His love of roller skating and his fellow man has endeared him to skaters and their families throughout the United States. Since reaching the age when most people retire, he has won 4 national medals and passed his American Dance Gold Medal. In 1989, at the age of 65, he won a gold medal at the National Championships in Masters Dance with his partner, Saundra Trieber. At age 69, Flip passed his American Dance Gold Medal, another jewel in his crown. In 1996, at age 72, he won a silver medal at the Nationals in adult Senior Solo, competing with skaters nearly half his age. Flip probably holds the world record for videotaping roller skating events. He generously passes on these tapes, numbered in the thousands, to those who express interest in having them. He feels that this is his small contribution to the sport that has brought him so much joy. He brings joy to all those who knew him. He was an extraordinary skater and an extraordinary human being. He was inducted into the New England Chapter of Roller Skaters Hall of Fame in 1997.
A funeral service for Roland will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 10:30 am in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home 106 West St. Leominster. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fitchburg. A calling hour will precede the service from 9am - 10:30am.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Roland H. "Flip" Lozeau, please visit our floral store.