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Charles LaChance Jr.

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Charles LaChance Jr. Obituary
NORWICH - Charles LaChance Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2018.
Charlie was born, June 28, 1941 in Pittsfield, MA to the late Charles LaChance Sr. and Genevine (Clapper) LaChance. Charlie attended Dalton High School with the Class of 1959. Charlie married the love of his life, Inez (Crouch) LaChance on September 8, 1962 in Bozrah, CT.
Charlie enlisted in the U.S. Navy March 1959, and had a extensively rewarding and honorable career; retiring in 1980 as Communication System Manager – NAVCAMS LANT, RMC Charles LaChance Jr. USN Ret. Charlie's duty stations included Clarksville TN, Norfolk VA, New London CT, USS Harold J. Ellison, COMCRUDESFLOT FOUR, Newport RI, Bainbridge MD, NAVCOMMSTA DC, USS Shangri-la, USS Intrepid, USS Forrestal, and NAVCAMS LANT Naval Command Norfolk VA. Charlie's career included several years with NASA's Gemini space programs followed by three tours in Vietnam. Charlie never spoke in detail of his service but was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy. He received many decorations, medals, badges, citations and ribbons.
Charlie's civilian career path included a Degree from Mohegan Community College, the Norwich Post Office, Manager of Benny's in Norwich, Manager of Norwich Ten Pin, Manager of Silver Lanes AMF Bowling Center in East Hartford, Slot Attendant and Income Audit Slot Auditor for Foxwoods Resort and Casino. He retired from Income Audit in 2014.
He enjoyed following his sports teams, bowling, causing good humorous mischief, a stiff handshake, and a stiffer cup of coffee. Charlie loved his family, going to their events, and going out to breakfast. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
Charlie was predeceased by his wife Inez, his parents, his brother, Robert Eugene LaChance, his sister, Helen Mayberry-Anello, his brother-in-law Anthony Anello, all from Massachusetts and his brother-in-law Glenn Dion Sr. of Arizona.
Charlie leaves five children and their families: Marie J. Perrin and her husband Mark of Preston, Robert N. LaChance of Norwich, Cheryl L. Sebastian and her husband Richard of Groton, Charles E LaChance and his wife Deborah of Norwich, and JoAnn L. Beguhl and her husband Keith of Norwich. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Kelly, Thomas, Ashley, Lauren, Evan, Renee, Kyle, and Kenneth; and one great-granddaughter, LeeAnne. Charlie also leaves a sister, Linda Dion of Arizona, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 12pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Church and Allen Funeral Home, 139 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT. Calling Hours will be from 11am to 12pm previous to his Service. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 Norwich, CT (In memory of Mr. Charles LaChance Jr. C/O Beguhl Family, 6 Linden Parkway, Norwich, CT 06360) or the Cancer Foundation www.cancer.org. For online condolences please visit http://www.dignitymemorial.com/church-allen-funeral-service/en-us/index.page
Published in Norwich Bulletin from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2018
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