George E. LaPlante, Jr., age 74, of Shelby Township, died October 12, 2010, at Triumph Hospital in Detroit. He was born August 18, 1936, in Detroit to the late George E. and Marie (Carda) LaPlante. A veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a paratrooper, he was employed as a CAD-CAM designer for General Motors and retired in 1997 after 36 years of service. Known as "Captain George", he was a member and past Commodore of the North Star Sail Club, the Mount Clemens Power Squadron where he served as past Commander and Shipmaster. He also enjoyed wood working. Beloved husband of Carol L. LaPlante, whom he married December 27, 1985. Loving father of Dawn (Kevin) Miller of Pinckney, Dana (Dawn) LaPlante of Eldorado Hills, Calif., Mary Rae (Brian) Thatcher of Harrison Township and Michele Oakland of Shelby Township; proud grandfather of Meghan, Robyn, Kyle and William, his fishing buddy. Brother of Ronald (Mary) LaPlante and Margrette (Michael) Farah. Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 18, 2010, at The North Star Sail Club, 32041 S. River Road, in Harrison Township. Arrangements entrusted to Pixley Funeral Home of Rochester. www.pixleyfuneralrochester.com
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Published in The Macomb Daily on Oct. 15, 2010