Fernand Larocque

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BARRE - Fernand Larocque, 75, died May 23, 2018, at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, after a long illness which started with cancer.
He was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Barre, Vermont, the son of Adam and Enneme (Lamontagne) Larocque.
He attended Vermont schools in Randolph Center, Montpelier Graded, St. Michael's High School and Montpelier High School.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Washington. He was chauffeur to the colonel and also a general warehouseman until his discharge.
He then lived in Boston, Massachusetts, selling records for a record company for a short time. He later moved to Hull, Massachusetts, bought a home and had a business as a painting contractor. He kept his home in Hull as a summer home until he moved to Vermont in 2005.
After leaving Hull, he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, and co-owned a disco club. He later sold it and went to work at the Veterans Administration in Manchester in 1980 in general housekeeping. He was later promoted to a new position as assistant director in the Recreation Department. He loved his job. He retired from the Manchester VA after 25 years. After his retirement, he sold his property in Hull and Manchester.
He then purchased a condo at Westview Meadows in Barre, to be near his family. He always enjoyed all the family gatherings. He lived in Barre in the summer and returned to his home in St. Petersburg in the winter. He loved gardening, working in his flower garden and shrubs. He also enjoyed playing cards.
He is survived by his sister, Jeannine Murphy and husband Gordon, of Williamstown, Vermont; a sister-in-law, Melanie LaRocque, of Brookfield, Vermont; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, John, Roger, Gerald (infant) and Gerard.
There will be no calling hours.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 43 Hebard Hill Road, Randolph, Vermont, by Father John Milanese. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Randolph following the Mass.
Published in Times Argus on July 11, 2018
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