Arthur J. LaPierre Jr.

EAST THETFORD - Arthur Joseph LaPierre Jr., 69, formerly of East Thetford, died Feb. 14, 2013, at Duke Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

He was born in Lebanon, N.H., May 2, 1943, the son of Mary (Ashford) and Arthur LaPierre Sr. He was a graduate of Thetford Academy, Mary Fletcher School of Nursing, Claremont Technical College and Keene State College. He had long careers in nursing, the mining industries, and retired from the Vermont League of Cities & Towns as safety director.

Arthur was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, receiving the Bronze Star Medal. He was a volunteer firefighter, EMT member, Booster Club leader and a basketball coach. He enjoyed his Limehurst Campground family and was an avid basketball fan.

Arthur is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marina, and his beloved dog, Gus; three daughters, Julia LaPierre-Heer and husband James of Raleigh, N.C., Carrie Baker and husband Jason of Brookfield, and Michelle Hollis and husband Derek of Thetford; five grandchildren, Timothy and Taylor Hollis, Henry and Emily Baker and Logan Heer; two brothers, John and Peter LaPierre; and many other relatives. He was predeceased by his son, Donald LaPierre.

A service will be held in the spring with arrangements by Hale Funeral Home of Thetford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Donald LaPierre Scholarship Fund, c/o Carrie Baker, 4988 Vt. Route 65, Randolph, VT 05060.

Published in Times Argus on Feb. 24, 2013