Sylvio LeBlanc

Sylvio LeBlanc, founder of LeBlanc’s True Value Hardware, with his daughter, Vivian, talks about the business in 2017 during a visit to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

MANCHESTER — Long after Sylvio LeBlanc retired from the hardware store he founded in 1967, you could find him outside pulling weeds around the store or outside his home on the West Side.

It’s the kind of work ethic he instilled in his five children and, later, 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Sylvio LeBlanc poses in 2017 with, from left, grandsons Nat and Steve, daughter Vivian and son Phil at the hardware store on Hayward Street.

Mike Cote is senior editor for news and business. Contact him at or 206-7724.