Louis L. Laberge(1938 - 2016)

Louis L. Laberge

Age: 78 • Charlotte, VT

Louis L. Laberge passed away on June 9, 2016 at his home.

Born on March 11, 1938 in Burlington, VT, the son of Raymond and Marie (Aube) Laberge. Lou grew up on the family farm in Charlotte, VT. He received the last diploma from the last graduating class at Cathedral High School in 1958, served in the US Army and retired from IBM in 1992 after 27 years pursuing full time gunsmithing.

Lou was a hunter safety instructor, teaching thousands of people gun safety for over 45 years, and was the 2009 Sportsman's Heritage Service Award recipient. He was an outstanding gunsmith who performed anything from repairs to custom built rifles for family, friends, clients, as well as the USA Olympic Biathlon team for the world championships in Norway and the Texas A&M shooting team among many others. Lou was a top shooter achieving expert level in small bore, expert in F class and high master in high power competitions winning many matches and championships. He was a life endowment member of the NRA.

Lou was a zoning board member for many years. He received the Charlotte Community Citizen Award in 1996 and a Select Board Resolution from the town of Shelburne recognizing his years of service to the community. Lou was the first Eucharistic Minister and a long-time member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Charlotte. Lou was a great man, husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend who was loved by all that knew him.

Lou is survived by Judy his spouse of almost 49 years, his children Karen and Al Myers, Louis Laberge and Susan Bushey, Matthew and Judy Laberge, and Brian Laberge; grandchildren Mickayla, Evan and Melina Myers, Austin and Heidi Laberge, Gregory Bushey, Cody, Miranda, Kylie, Dylan, and Alexah Laberge. Also surviving are Lou's siblings Elaine and Hilton Place, Albert and Donna Laberge, Jeanne and Norman Leduc, Paul and Diane Laberge, Maurice and Mindy Laberge, Lucille and Art Desilets, Peter and Lori Laberge, Gerald Laberge, Amie Laberge, Mark and Terri Laberge, and Denis Laberge, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends and Family may call at St. Jude's Church on Monday, June 13th from 4:00PM - 8:00PM. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Hinesburg and burial at Resurrection Park Catholic Cemetery in South Burlington. Following will be a luncheon back at St. Jude's.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NRA at P.O. Box 420648, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0648 or to at P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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Funeral Home

Gifford Funeral Home & Cremation Services
22 Depot St Richmond, VT 05477
(802) 434-2231

Published in The Burlington Free Press from June 10 to June 11, 2016