Laurent G. Bellavance

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HARDWICK - Laurent Gerard "Zoom" Bellavance, 83, of Hardwick, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Laurent was born in Walden, Vermont, on Dec. 29, 1934, to the late Aime and Beatrice (Godbout) Bellavance. He was raised in Walden in a large, loving, French-Canadian family and attended Star School through eighth grade.
On June 6, 1959, Laurent married the love of his life, Teresa Ann Morley. They lived in the village of Hardwick, starting their family of five children.
In his earlier years, Laurent worked on the A. Bellavance & Sons Dairy farm bottling and delivering milk until joining the Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a proud member of the 82nd Airborne.
After the Army, he came back to Vermont to join the family trucking business, A. Bellavance & Sons. He worked side by side with most of his brothers, driving long distance for 13 years until taking a leap to start his own excavation business in 1969, LG Bellavance & Sons. He worked alongside his son, Gary, and grandson, Timmy, for many years before retiring. He was an honest, strong and hardworking man who taught his children the foundation of these work ethics. Laurent and Teresa also owned many rental properties which they enjoyed managing together. The repair work and ongoing maintenance was a good part of keeping him young and active over the past many years.
He was active in the town of Hardwick, serving as a selectmen for years. He was a member of the St. Norbert's Catholic Church, also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Post 7, serving as commander from 1982 to 1984. He also served on the board of directors at Greensboro Nursing Home.
Laurent enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved and cherished his wife, Teresa, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always kind and friendly to everyone and loved a good joke. Some of his favorite things included Friday nights at the Legion with friends, Old Orchard Beach vacations with family, NASCAR racing, Bellavance family reunions, trips to Key West and the many years he spent as a snowbird in Frostproof Florida playing shuffleboard, corn hole and square dancing with friends.
Laurent is survived by his wife, Teresa; five children, Gary (Rachel) Bellavance, Terri (Dean) Schoolcraft, Claire (Rod) Mayo, Brett (Bonnie) Bellavance and Gerard (Heather) Bellavance; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by five siblings, brothers Frank and Bert, and sisters Alice, Beatrice and Doris.
He was predeceased by two infant siblings and brothers Alphonse, Arthur, Joseph, Paul and Leon; and sisters Therese, Jean and Gertie.
Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the des Groseilliers Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on May 16 at St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Hardwick with Fr. Michael Augustinowitz as celebrant. Burial will follow immediately in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick. Please plan to join us for a luncheon at the parish hall thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, VT 05843.
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Hardwick, VT 05843
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Published in Times Argus on May 15, 2018
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