Edward N. LaCoille, Jr., 64, of Lenox, MA, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. Born in Putnam, CT on December 4, 1956, he was the son of Edward N. LaCoille, Sr. and Rachel Morin LaCoille. He graduated from Smith Academy in Hatfield, MA in 1974. He went on to graduate from Holyoke Community College with a degree in Hotel and Food Service Management, leading to a career as a chef. Among other places, he was a chef at Hampshire College as well as The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp; founded by Paul Newman for children with serious illness.
Ed was a self-taught oil painter, beginning at the age of ten. He created beautiful pieces of art which have been displayed in numerous galleries, exhibits and shops throughout New England and adorn the homes of many near and far. His love for music, art and family led to numerous trips with his wife, the former Linda Shirtcliff, whom he married on June 9, 1996. He loved to explore new places, attend a concert and visit family in other states.
Ed resided in South Deerfield, MA until suffering a debilitating stroke in 2014 where he then moved to Lenox, MA. His stroke resulted in paralysis of his dominant side and loss of speech. After beating all odds, he persevered and rehabilitated back to becoming quite independent. Within less than a year, he picked up the paint brush again and taught himself to paint with his opposite hand creating pieces that were just as beautiful and detailed as they were before the stroke. Those who hear of his story are awestruck and encouraged by his tenacity.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Valerie Guinther and son-in-law, Cory of Fort Mill, SC; his son, Erin LaCoille (Cindy) of Troutman, NC; his sister, Cheryl Bean and brother-in-law, Brian of Becket, MA; 4 grandchildren, Cameron and Millie Guinther and Connor and Morgan LaCoille; his nephews; Jason Bean (Amanda) and Kyle Bean (Carlye); his niece, Dani Shirtcliff; 3 stepchildren, Karen Mariani (Mark) and their 2 children; Todd Uzdavinis (Rebecca) and their 4 children; Jason Uzdavinis (Heather) and their 2 children; and his sister-in-law, Christine Shirtcliff (Fran Ferry).
Ed was predeceased by his wife, Linda (2011), his mother, Rachel (2009) and his father, Edward, Sr. (2019).
The family would like to deeply thank everyone at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center for the years of friendship, dedication, love, and support shown to Ed. So many of you touched his life.
Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of Ed's life will be held in Montague, MA at a later date. Expressions of sympathy and remembrance may be made with a donation to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Arrangements were made under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield.
Published by The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 12, 2021.
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Ed was a great guy. I feel honored to have known him and to be able to cut his hair while he live there. Had a great sense of humor. He he really could take a good razzing as well. I will miss you Ed very much. Your hairdresser Kathy Chapman
Kathy M. Chapman
January 13, 2021
He touched our lives also. Everyday. With his humor , stubborness , the bellowing laughter and silly side when he was talking to his grands. What a smart aleck. Such a multifaceted man. It was an honor to get to know him.
January 12, 2021
Cheryl and family As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. He was a good man and friend. I will pray for him and miss him too.
January 12, 2021
I’ll always remember Ed Great sense of humor loved his expressions that were more than words. Cutting his hair and trimming his beard was a pleasure even though he couldn’t speak he exuded humor and stubbornness. He wouldn’t let me cut his hair for months he was starting to look like Rip van Winkle until finally I got to cut his hair and beard. I will miss you greatly Ed keep painting.