WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA- Jeffrey LaPorte died unexpectedly on August 12. He leaves behind his beloved wife whom he has been with for 42 years, Cecelia LaPorte, and his two daughters and their families: Heather LaPorte and Dr. Joseph Strebel, of Longmeadow, and Megan and Anthony Verteramo, of Agawam.
Mr. LaPorte was a devoted “Papa” to his four grandchildren, Bella, Sawyer, Ellie, and Meadow. He spent countless hours with his grandchildren and he leaves behind an appreciation of the great outdoors that is now shared by all of his grandchildren.
Mr. LaPorte was preceded in death by his parents, Delano and Mary LaPorte. He leaves behind three sisters, Deborah Robbins, Donna Cheria, and Kim Innarelli and their spouses. He had a special bond with his buddy, Mark Robbins, who was more like a brother than a brother-in-law to him. He also leaves behind a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, Mr. LaPorte was like a second “Pa” to his four youngest nephews, Zachary, Jonathan, Jacob, and Marco, throughout their childhood, and became close to his nephew John.
Mr. LaPorte loved the outdoors and filled his days hunting, fishing, walking, and enjoying breathing fresh air. His true home was Vermont, where he spent many years with friends.
Mr. LaPorte had a unique way of expressing himself, but he certainly was the kindest man. There was no person that he would not talk to and every person he talked to became his friend. He was a humble man with a contagious personality who will be missed by countless people.
There will be a luncheon on Sunday, August 25, at noon at 86 Whites Hill Road, East Dover, VT, where the family will celebrate his life.
There are no visiting hours. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Dillon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Autism Connections at https://autismconnectionsma.org.