SOUTH DEERFIELD - Robert "Bobby" Joseph LaBrie, 84, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
He was born in Holyoke, to the late Anna Rose Gore. Bobby was raised in Holyoke, and later moved to South Hadley where he raised his five children. Most recently he resided in South Deerfield.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War. In his earlier years, Bobby was employed by Stella D'oro and State Line Potato Chips. He later founded and was co-owner of OKE-DOKE Popcorn in Whately. He was most proud of that accomplishment.
In his retirement, Bobby spent many summers operating his hot dog cart, Dick's Dogs, also known as Bobby's LongHotDogs, at Lake Wyola in Shutesbury. He enjoyed having his children and grandchildren working the cart with him during the summer months.
In his leisure time, Bobby loved to restore antique vehicles. He had a special talent for taking something not wanted and restoring it to its original condition. He was especially proud of his baby blue '66 Mustang convertible, bright yellow '46 Willy Jeep, and his hot pink '63 Willy Jeep.
Bobby was predeceased by his two brothers, Francis (1988) and Earl (1990), and his niece Joann Pijar (2001).
He leaves his five children, David LaBrie and wife Allyson of South Hadley, Cathy LaBrie of South Hadley, Mary LaBrie and fiancé Jack Gilligan of South Hadley, Ann Strycharz and husband David of Granby, and Rose Mick and husband Ken of Granby. Bobby also leaves his seven beloved grandchildren, Courtney and Katelyn LaBrie of South Hadley, Melissa, Andrew and Lexie Strycharz of Granby, and Rachel and Collin Mick of Granby, several nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Bobby was a hard worker with a big heart. He will be remembered by many as kind, generous, compassionate and a loyal friend.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield.
A funeral mass will be held Monday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Parish Roman Catholic Church in South Deerfield. Burial service will follow with full military honors at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Expressions of sympathy are available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.
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Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 8, 2014