Edward Henry LaFrance, Jr., 72, husband of Linda LaFrance, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Born in Waterbury on August 16, 1946, he was the son of the late Edward Henry and Clarice LaFrance Sr. He had resided in Meriden for over forty years. Ed was employed by Connecticut Light and Power where he had various positions for thirty-two years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era, having served with the United States Marine Corps. He was a parishioner of St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Cheshire. Ed was an avid fan of UConn Women’s basketball. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Meriden. He loved traveling, tag sales and talking with people. He was a CPR instructor and took great pride in teaching people to save lives. Nothing brought Ed greater joy than his family.
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Besides his loving wife of forty-three years, he is survived by his children, Edward Henry LaFrance III and his wife Heather, Susan Long and her husband Gregg and Deborah Wechsler of California; his grandchildren, Edward IV, Connor, and Alexis LaFrance, Jacob and Julianna Long and Michael, Cori and Austin Wechsler; his great grandchildren, Lana Ann and Michael Wechsler IV; his siblings, Michele Ulinksas, Claire Fox, John LaFrance, Shirley Tarbunas and Mary Olson and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Veronica Gostyla.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget of Sweden Church, 175 Main Street, Cheshire, CT. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial with military honors will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT on Monday, February 18th from 4 to 7 p.m.