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BENNINGTON -- Robert J. LaPorte, 85, a lifelong resident of Bennington, passed on Friday June 8, 2007, in the company of his wife of 58 years, Naomi Willard LaPorte, and their daughters Beverly Pierce and Sharon Corcoran.

He was born on Jan. 28, 1922, the first son of Eli LaPorte and Lucy Bellemare, and was a graduate of Benn High Robert LaPorte loved sharing life with his family and friends. He was a man of clear insight, accumulated knowledge, and common sense.

Corporal LaPorte enlisted in the Marines Sept. 23, 1942, and received his boot camp training at Paris Island, S.C. He served in the south and central Pacific and was a veteran of Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima and he participated in the consolidation work in the Northern Solomons. In addition to his battle stars, LaPorte received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Iwo Jima. A few months after his return to the States, LaPorte received a citation dated Aug. 18, 1945, and signed by Major General G.B. Erskine, in command, Third Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. The certificate reads as follows.

”For meritorious service in action against the Japanese while serving as a squad leader, in the above mentioned campaigns, His aggressive and courageous action throughout these campaigns was a constant inspiration to the men of his platoon. His skill and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the US Naval Service.”

Mr. LaPorte owned and operated Bennington Tile then the Bennington Bus Station.

Throughout his life Bob was an inspiration. In the good times and the bad he was always there doing whatever was needed, lending an ear and a shoulder, resources and know-how, giving of himself to make life better for those around him. He found joy in the simple things of life: fishing early in the morning, tending to his vegetable garden, picking apples that his son grew, dancing and watching the sunset with his wife. Bob made a mean apple pie. He was a man’s man and a family man. He loved his family, his state and his country. He will be missed.

Robert LaPorte is survived by his loving wife Naomi of Bennington; their four children and their spouses, Sharon and Richard Corcoran of Colchester, Beverly and Brian Pierce of West Rutland, Robert and Paula LaPorte of Shaftsbury, and David LaPorte and Sue Manchester of Milton; eight grandchildren, Pamela and Alison Corcoran, Vera and Hillary LaPorte, Brian and Kimberly Pierce and Renee and Eli LaPorte; two great-grandchildren, Violet Corcoran and Brian Thomas Pierce; four sisters, Genivieve Elwell of Bennington, Rita Scullari of Pittsfield, Mass., Lorraine Vivaldi of Florida and Evelyn Carelli of Florida; and everal nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Raymond LaPorte and two sisters, Marjorie LaPorte and Beatrice Scott.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Monday June 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The burial with military honors will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery on Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m.

If friends desire contributions in memory of Robert J. LaPorte may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 9 to June 11, 2007
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