LaFrance, Robert A., 89, of Falmouth, formerly of Hingham and Belmont, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017, after a brief illness. Bob was the loving husband of Barbara (Curley) LaFrance for 66 years, who passed away in 2016. He was the son of the late Donat J. and Alice (Maxfield) LaFrance of Leominster and was pre-deceased by two sisters, Lucille Fontaine of Leominster, and Arlene Krummel of Fitchburg and Gerald, MO.
Bob is survived by his two sons, Mark C. of Braintree and Robert A. Jr., of Canton, two grandchildren, Noel R. and Carly N. of Canton. He is also survived by his brother Raymond of Leominster.
Bob was a 1946 graduate of Leominster High School, and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948 as a radio intelligence communications specialist in the South Pacific. He graduated from Bentley College in 1950, after which he worked for the former Florence Stove Company in Gardner. In 1954, he began a career with NCR Corporation, where he worked for 36 years, retiring in 1990. In 1968, Bob was one of 10 founders of the stock brokerage firm Beacon Park Securities in Boston and was its Treasurer.
Bob participated in many sports and activities throughout his life. Among them were tennis, scuba diving, skiing, golf and sailing, and he always enjoyed a good game of poker or cribbage with a wide circle of friends. He also participated in annual hunting trips to Cape Breton and New Brunswick, Canada where he became friendly with many local citizens. Bob was a past member of the Falmouth Yacht Club and the Hingham Yacht Club. He was also active in several civic organizations during his life, founding the Leominster Junior Chamber of Commerce in his early years, actively assisting with the reorganization the Falmouth Men’s Club in 1971, and as a Falmouth town meeting member in the late 1990’s.
At Bob’s request, visiting hours have been omitted. A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 9:30 AM on August 16, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Church, Falmouth, MA. Burial will follow in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne, MA at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis MA 02601.