Ronald A. LaPierre passed away in Newburyport on Saturday, March 7th in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family.
Ron is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Anne (Lenane); his four daughters: Joanne Cordón and her husband Luis, Lynn Sullivan and her husband Michael, Terri LaPierre and her partner Basil Magee, and Amy Anwyl and her husband Roderick; grandchildren: Sean and his wife Jennifer Sullivan, Anna Cordón, Ryan Sullivan and his fiancée Sadie Cathcart, Em Cordón, Amy Sullivan; and one great grandson, Jack Sullivan. He is also survived by his brother William LaPierre and sister Dianne Weeks, sister-in-laws, Frances LaPierre and Mary Duggan, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, John, Kenneth and Mary Lois LaPierre.
Ron was born in Haverhill, MA the son of Urbain and Mary (Hardiman) LaPierre. Ron attended St. James School, graduated from Haverhill High and Haverhill Trade School and Peterson’s School of Steam Engineering, and served his country as a member of the U. S. Army.
After Ron and Anne married, they started to raise their family in Newburyport. He felt blessed to be the father of four daughters of whom he was fiercely proud and loved very much.
Ron appreciated the value of a hard day’s work starting as a newspaper boy and caddying at Haverhill Country Club. He worked at the Haverhill Box Board, Haverhill Gas Company, Salem Power plant and at Mass Electric where he retired after twenty-nine years of service. Never content to stay at home, he found joy in his later career as a driver for Abraham’s Bagels, and his final job as a driver for Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health where he could combine his love of people, driving and the added joy of working for his daughter.
Ron believed strongly in his faith and giving back to his community. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Groveland, a Sunday School teacher, lector and faithful communicant at Immaculate Conception, and a proud and loyal member of the Greater Newburyport Exchange Club. An avid golfer, he shared his appreciation of the game with many he loved but he was most proud of the fact he won the Caddy Championship at Haverhill Country Club.
As a snowbird, he and Anne enjoyed their winters in Seminole FL where he could bask in the sunshine, mock their northern neighbors and remain free from shoveling their driveway. He enjoyed playing golf, craft brews, winning at the track, and a good cigar.
A funeral is scheduled for 11am on Thursday, March 12th at Immaculate Conception, Green Street in Newburyport. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4-7 pm at Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Ron’s memory to Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Center, 180 Water Street, Haverhill, MA 01830, or online at www.Sarahsplace.org.
The family would like to thank Continuum Hospice for the loving and professional care they showed Ron and our family.
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