Thomas "T.J." LaPlante Jr.
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LaPlante, Thomas Jr. "T.J." Age 46 of Union, New Jersey (formerly from Minnesota) passed away 11-16-09. Survived by wife, CathyAnn; son, Colton; daughter, Cierra; parents, Tom and Barb; brothers, Jim and Kevin (Michelle); mother-in-law, Ann Burke; brother-in-law, Tom Burke Jr. (Rachel); many other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and friends. Preceded in death by Tom Burke Sr. and grandparents. Memorial service at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 7025 Halifax Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, MN on December 4th at 11 AM. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Memorials preferred for the Colton and Cierra College Fund: c/o Jeanette at Northeast Bank, 200 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.

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Published in Star Tribune on Nov. 29, 2009.
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May 11, 2010
I still think of and miss you every single day. It's still impossible to comprehend that you're gone and I'll never hear that amazing laugh again. The pain of your loss is a sharp as it was when I heard the news of your passing.
April 7, 2010
T.J. I imagine you are watching the masters from above with George - guess they needed two great greesnkeepers up there.
you are missed every day, by so many.
D Holdren
April 6, 2010
It's Masters Season, dearest Tom . . . your favorite event - I don't know if it was so much for the golf or because of your fabulous memories of interning at Augusta . . . the pain of your loss is as strong today as it was months ago - perhaps stronger because you're not here on earth to watch the Masters.
March 11, 2010
In the book of Psalms it reads... precisous in the sight of the LORD is the death of HIS saints,
my prayers are with you
Thomas LaPlante of clovis NM.
January 23, 2010
We had just recently found out about the loss of our friend Tom...what sadness filled our hearts when we heard the news. Mike and I have many a fond memories of him, and his stories he used to tell. He loved his children more than life itself, and when I got pregnant with our daughter, he said cherish every moment with her because life passes so quickly, and they grow so fast. He was such a kind generous soul...he will be missed terribly! Our condolences to his family.
Mike & Kim Dulinski
January 17, 2010
We can only hope that the Vikings/Cowboys game was transmitted to Heaven!!! Go Vikings GO all the way for our friend, Tom!
January 15, 2010
Tom always had the most positive outlook on life. He managed to turn even negative situations into something positive. When you were in his company, the sun shone brighter, the air was fresher, and all was well with the world. We will miss hearing his laughter, but will never forget it or him. He was a very special man - one in a million.
Dennis & Katie
January 14, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of this sad news. Tom was all heart with the best laugh and sunniest smile. He loved all God's creatures and looked after all that needed help. He regularly regaled us with stories about "his" Red-Tail Hawks - the attached picture shows one that he rescued. The fledgling had fallen from its nest and Tom rescued it. When it was returned from a rehab center, he was bestowed the honor of releasing it back to its parents and siblings. He was in his glory! He also spent a lot of time telling us about his children and how they were thriving in Minnesota. They were the loves of his life and we have no doubt that he is looking after them from Heaven above and will do so for the rest of their lives. We will miss Tom more than words can ever express. Our condolences to his family.
Jim & Sarah
January 11, 2010
I just found out last week that Tom is gone and I just can't believe it - the world won't be the same without him in it - he was among the most wonderful people I've ever known - thoughtful, generous, caring and considerate. His love for his children was off the charts - they meant the world to him. All of us in NJ that knew and loved him were blessed by having him in our lives.
December 11, 2009
My sincere condolences to TJ's family. I can't help but look back to the time we spent together on the Park Center swim team (diving). He was a very sincere and honest friend. I know his laughter and personality will be missed on earth, but welcomed in heaven.
Marcus Yarns
December 5, 2009
LaPlante Family,

I am so very sorry to hear about Tom's passing. It's been since just after high school that I saw Tom.

I have fond memories of him welcoming me to a new school in third grade(Garden City) and we were best friends up to junior high. He always looked out for me and I will never forget that! Remembering him at the Civic Center diving with his brothers, church activities and laughing in class. He had a magnificent heart and I know that's how you will always see him (as I will).

My deepest condolences to you all. Keep the faith and may God bless you and be with you always.

Jim Davich
Jim Davich
December 4, 2009
We all would like to pass on our deepest sympathies for your loss. May God bless T.J. and your family.

T.O.M. Bensenville,
Rob Marousek
December 3, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Tom at Suburban in 2001 when I was an assistant golf pro there. I just heard about his passing today and I'm deeply sorry to hear about the news. He was a pleasure to work with, and I always had the upmost respect for him professionally and personally.
Dan Hollis
December 3, 2009
We all would like to pass on our deepest sympathies for your loss. May God bless T.J. and your family.

TRx Trucking,
Chicago Group
December 3, 2009
TJ in his glory at the Golf Course he so loved!
December 3, 2009
Cathyann,Coltonand Cierra, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I knew him ony a short time, but you meant a lot to me when we were all young. I t was so good to she you, a couple of years ago, when you came to visit Tom. Sorry I never went to your resort. Wish you all the very best! I will keep you in my prayers. Kathy Charnstrom
Kathy Charnstrom
December 2, 2009
Dear LaPlante family, I am so sorry. I have many great memories of TJ from Park Center and as young men, May the love of friends and family carry you through this tuff time. God Bless!
Patrick McNaughton
December 2, 2009
LaPlante Family
I'm so sorry to hear of TJ's untimely passing. I have lots of memories of TJ in high school. Please know that I'm thinking about you
Geri (Brey) Colosey
December 2, 2009
Cathyann and family:
I am so sorry for your loss. TJ will be missed by many.
Your family is in my prayers.
Orpha Paciorek
December 1, 2009
Cathyann, Colton & Cierra,
I am so deeply saddened and sorry for your loss. I have such great memories from our time at Penn State and the years that followed. My son Jason worked for T.J.-it was a great opportunity for Jason to work at a top 100 course.
The last time we (PSU classmates) were all together was at GCSAA's in Anaheim.
I don't know how the years got between us and I had hoped that this year we might all meet again in San Diego.
My memories of T.J will live on forever, he was a bright spot in many lives. Yours too I am sure. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Deborah Holdren PSU class 0f 1992
Deborah Holdren
December 1, 2009
Dear LaPlantes, tragic news to hear the loss of your Son,Husband,Father,Brother and old friend.Many fond memories of T.J. from Garden City Elem. through Park Ctr. High.My deepest sympathies to all.Respectfully, Jim Lucking
November 30, 2009
LaPlantes ~ I am so very sorry for the loss of a great husband, father, son, friend and so much more to so many. Memories of TJ growing up through Jr and Sr High School for anyone that grew up with him are vivid, humorous and can only make bring a smile and tears. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Kim (Johnson) Berbaum
November 30, 2009
Cathyann, Colton and Cierra,

I'm sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Nothing I can say will take away the sorrow of losing a loved one but please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Casey, Lyn, Brittney and Madison Moilanen
November 30, 2009
Cathyann,Colton and Cierra,
I will always remember TJ from our Penn State Days and how he helped me out when I lost my Job. I will also remember that great laugh and that he loved you and the children very much. Cathyann, please accept my thanks for your help and my deepest sympathies.

Love, Richard Tacconelli
richard tacconelli
November 29, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. There are not words to express. TJ had a smile that would light up the room. God Bless you and your family.
Kathleen Seydow
November 29, 2009
LaPlantes... I am in complete shock after learning of TJ's death. He has a huge place in my memories of Jr. & Sr. High. I am so very very sad to hear of his passing. I am so sorry for all of you.
God bless,
Jan Clare
Jan Clare
November 29, 2009
Cathyann,Cole & Cierra,
TJ was a sincere man who loved his family, he gave great hugs. I have fond memories of how I was there when Cathyann and TJ met and how they were then when I met my husband. The Carlsons are always here for you, and we are sorry for your loss and pain.
Barb Carlson
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