Newburyport — John A. LaPierre, 80, of Newburyport, died June 15, 2014, in Newburyport, after a short illness. John was born in Haverhill, Mass., on October 25, 1933, to the late Urbain and Mary (Hardiman) LaPierre. He graduated from St. James High School in Haverhill, Class of 1951. He served with the U.S. Army for 3 years in Germany. John worked for 25 years with United Shoe Machinery in Beverly, Mass., and 8 years with Bostik in Middleton, Mass., retiring in 1993.
He was a Past Grand Knight with the Groveland Knights of Columbus. John enjoyed traveling and especially loved going to Aruba many times with his beloved wife, Frances. He was an avid fisherman, runner and swimmer. John was a very devoted family man.
He was predeceased by a son, Gerald LaPierre; and a sister, Mary Lois LaPierre. John will be greatly missed by all his family, and he is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Frances (Kiman) LaPierre of Newburyport; a son, John LaPierre and his wife, Robin, of Newburyport; daughters, Paula Doyle of Newburyport, and Andrea and her husband, Alan Bronzetti of Greenland, N.H.; a sister, Diane Weeks of Newburyport; brothers, Ronald LaPierre of Newburyport, William LaPierre of Haverhill, and Kenneth LaPierre of Florida; grandchildren, John A. LaPierre of Amesbury, Kristin and Brian Piracini of Merrimack, Mass., Jamie and Tyke Karopoulos of Newburyport, Kim Doyle and Nate Zane of Jamaica Plain, Mass., Kevin and Dajana Doyle of Cambridge, Mass., JJ Arslanian of Dover, N.H., Adam Arslanian of Steamboat, Colo., Alex Arslanian of Hampton, N.H., Brian Crowley of Newburyport, and Jamie Crowley of Methuen, Mass.; and six great-grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday, June 18, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Conte, Twomey and LeBlanc Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, at 10:30 a.m., in Immaculate Conception Parish, 42 Green Street, Newburyport. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newburyport. Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Parish Building Fund, 42 Green Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. For condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.