Louis Joseph Laplante

LEWISTON – Louis Joseph Laplante, 93, of Lewiston, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Jan. 30, 2021.

He was the son of Ludger and Alphonsenne Laplante, born Jan. 21, 1928 in Berlin, N.H. Louie was married to his loving wife of 68 years, Geneva, who passed on June 3, 2018.

He is survived by one brother, David and his wife Irene; two daughters, Diane and her husband, David Weyers and Brenda and her husband, Brian Breton, two sons, Patrick and Michael and his wife Denise, all of Lewiston. Louie has nine grandchildren, Tracie Cheeley, Angie Hughes, Cassandra Theriot, Steven Hughes, Darcy Morgan, Ivy Gaudette, Andy Breton, Erica Laplante and Jhanae Laplante; 16 great-grandchildren, Kalab, Zachary and Aiden Theriot, Drake Dumont, Skylar and Payton Gaudette, Ryan and Carson Cheeley, Hunter, Hailey and Haydin Hughes, Alyvia Wilkens, Alex Breton, Lexie Jackson, Adelia and Meredith Morgan; two great-great-grandchildren, Makayla and Maddie Theriot.

Louie’s family migrated to Lewiston in the ’40s and still has several family members in the Berlin area.

Louie retired from his favorite occupation of 60 years in 2015 as a master carpenter of finish work and remodeling houses. He is the founder of Laplante Home Improvement.

Louie served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the tanker ship USNS AO-41 Matchstick as a courageous fireman second class.

He was an avid sports fan of all the New England teams. His favorite were the Red Sox and like many senior fans thought, but still hoped and prayed he would live long enough to see the Sox win just one World Series. He loved to talk about seeing Ted Williams play but his all time favorite was as he called him “Peedro” Martinez never missing a game when he pitched.

Louie enjoyed playing pool, bumper pool, any game of cards, horseshoes and brook trout fishing. In his later years he built furniture, and as he was slowly unable to get to his workshop, took up building balsa wood model airplanes the past three years, over a dozen or more.

Spring was his favorite time, it meant fiddlehead picking time. He had his special secret spots from where he picked which were passed down to him from his father, which in turn he passed to his children, but only after a solemn oath of lifelong secrecy.

Louie will be remembered always as a man of integrity, compassion and understanding. He will be missed and never forgotten. May he rest in peace.

Services will be private. A public celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Donations and condolences may be found online at http://www.albert-burpee.com.

Donations may be made in his memory to the

American Cancer Society

1 Bowdoin Mill Island Suite 300

Topsham, ME 04086 1240

or to the

Alzheimer’s Association

225 N. Michigan Ave.

Floor 17

Chicago, IL 60601

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