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Dennis LaChapelle

LaCHAPELLE, Dennis Dennis LaChapelle, 58, husband of Deb (Fitzgerald) LaChapelle, passed on unexpectedly on Saturday (December 20, 2008). He was born in Manchester, to Clarence and Ruth, the 12th of their 13 children. He later settled in Becket, MA where he planted the roots for the life that he embraced. Dennis touched so many lives, near and far, while enjoying decades of travels throughout the world while driving folk singer and dear friend Arlo Guthrie's tour bus. He enjoyed sharing stories of his journeys and takes many great memories with him. He was currently employed by the Massachusetts Highway Department where he took pride in keeping the roads safe for everyone. He loved to drive, fix things, anything mechanical, and most importantly to lend a hand to help everyone and anyone he could. He also loved pepper and spicy food, and surely had a zest for life. Dennis will always be remembered as a big huggable guy with a heart of gold, enthusiastic spirit, and an ear to ear smile. The road of destiny now drives Dennis to where his help must be needed next. Besides his wife Deb and her children Sam, Zach, and Sara and grandchildren Tyler and Serena; Dennis is survived by six LaChapelle brothers, Clarence, Ted, Jerry, Fred, Joe, and Greg; four sisters, Mary Mazzochi, Eileen Fuller, Judy Fuller, and Margaret Yonika; three foster brothers, John and Bob Hershey, and Armand LeBrie; many nieces and nephews; a huge Blunderite family; and countless "bus driver groupies". He is predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Ruth (Bennett) LaChapelle; two brothers, Jack and David; and a step-grandchild Brodie. A "Celebration of Dennis' Life" will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 29, at The Guthrie Center, 4 Van Deusenville Rd., Great Barrington, MA.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 25, 2008
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