Lawrence David LaFreniere was born in Malden, Massachusetts on September 28, 1929. He was the beloved husband to Barbara Jean Shea LaFreniere, his high school sweetheart, and they were husband and wife for 68 years. He was father to Kathy Wing, Lauren Sullivan and husband John, and Lawrence M . LaFreniere and his wife Lisa. Grandfather to John Sullivan, Madison LaFreniere and Nicholas LaFreniere.
He was the son of Florence Patchell LaFreniere, and nephew to Howie Patchell and Bill Patchell, who helped his mom raise him.
Larry was a Malden High School hall of fame athlete. He starred in football, basketball and track. Larry was the Vice President of his 1948 class. He was a formidable force, playing sports in a time when high school rivalries were fierce.
Larry joined the Navy after High school and was a radio operator. Right up to his final days, Dad could still quickly translate a sentence into morse code.
His career was spent at Mass Electric. As a crew leader, Larry set the pace and the quality standards for his crew. He prided himself on his work ethic and the expertise he brought to his craft.
Larry’s real passion was his family. Having grown up during the Great Depression, and without a father, Larry made sure his family didn’t have to endure the hardships that he did. He worked countless nights in storms, climbing poles in blizzard conditions to restore power and make some overtime money to treat his family.
Dad was relentless--always pushing the family ahead and always being there for us. He loyally anchored the sidelines at countless games for his children and his grand kids. Larry took enormous pride looking over his three generations of family always saying, “Wow, I started all this.”
In retirement, Larry enjoyed golf with his pals. They would always have the first tee time and always walked. He often read books or watched videos to improve his game. Meantime, he was always ready to babysit or to help with anything at all around the house. Larry always kept a tool box in his trunk and could fix anything. Often leaving a note that said simply: “papa was here “
Larry loved to tell stories and loved a good joke or prank. He loved family gatherings and hearing what the grandkids were doing. Always proud and happy for their accomplishments. He will be deeply missed for his devotion, his love, and his smile.
Papa was here. And he left all of us, all the better for it.