James Lawrence 'Jacques' Robillard passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.
After high school, the longtime Shorewood resident entered the U.S. Naval Reserves, serving in WWII in Great Britain, France, and the Pacific theater until May 1946.
He received his Bachelor of Philosophy from Marquette University and attended Graduate School at UW-Madison. Afterward, he began a long international career teaching, working at embassies, and for numerous international tour/travel organizations.
He then worked in French/French-Canadian cultural and historical research, especially Milwaukee’s French heritage, helping to found the annual Bastille Days in 1982 and promoting local French Mass. Robillard was an active parishioner and researcher of St. Robert Parish.
Robillard was the son of the late Joseph Lionel Ovila and Diana Helen (nee Rousseau) Robillard. Survived by relatives, his extended families of David J. White, Christopher Hamm, Dr. Robert Cronin, Brent Gregory and other friends.
Visitation will take place on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Northshore Funeral Services Chapel, 3601 N. Oakland Ave. and on Friday after 9:30 a.m. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 2224 E. Capitol Dr., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Donations to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Jesuit Partnership Program (Wisconsin Province) and St. Robert Parish Shorewood, are requested in lieu of flowers.
(Courtesy of North Shore Funeral Services)