Laframboise, Joseph T.Skippy
died October 4, 2013 after a long, happy and full life. Joe was born May 6, 1932 to Albert J. and Marian R. Laframboise. After attending Catholic schools in Springfield, MA, he went to work at the Springfield Armory with his father. He encountered problems with his supervisor and made the decision to attend college. It was years later that Joe learned his supervisor was requested by his father, to harass him so that he would quit and further his education. Joe had several advanced degrees in education, counseling and journalism. He attended Holyoke Jr. College, Boston University, Westfield State Teachers College and Springfield College in Massachusetts. He also attended Harvard University
on a Grant. He frequently boasted that his crowning achievement came when he met and married Gertrude (Trudy) and together they raised six children who made him very happy and proud. He is survived by his wife Trudy, their children, Cheryline, Susan, Debbie, Lisa, Mark and Dena, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, all of whom he cherished and who equally cherished him. He is also survived by his brothers, Al of Jonesborough, TN, George and his wife Catherine of Boulder, CO and his sister Margaret Wendlandt and her husband Gary of New York City. While stationed in Germany as a photographer for the U. S. Army's Counter Intelligence Program, he met his wife Trudy while exploring Salzburg, Austria during an off-duty furlough. They married and after his service to the Army, the family moved to Massachusetts, where he worked as a school guidance counselor. Eventually the family settled in Puerto Rico where Joe worked as Director of Guidance at Antilles High School (his self proclaimed second best decision) on Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico for 18 years. In 1985, he moved to Orlando, Florida and was a school counselor in the Central Florida area. Over the years, Joe worked as a sports reporter
for the Holyoke Transcript, Boston Globe, San Juan Star and the Orlando Sentinel. He was an avid golfer and even had a trophy testifying he beat Chi Chi Rodriguez in a round of golf. He was also President of the Puerto Rico Golf Association and later Tournament Director for the PRGA. Joe coached most of his own children in basketball, softball and/or golf during their years in high school and proudly wrote of their achievements in the paper. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and former students. He is now resting in peace and most definitely still rooting for the Red Sox.