Raymond M. LaCroixFebruary 28,2014
Raymond M. LaCroix
Raymond M. LaCroix
BARRE TOWN — Raymond Maurice LaCroix, 85, of 24 Pine Hill Road, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Montpelier March 26, 1928. He was the son of Henri-Louis and Bertha (Proteau) LaCroix. He was the third of 10 children. At age 8, his parents moved to Lambton, Quebec, where they bought a farm.
He worked as a lumberjack in Ontario, then at home to help his parents on the farm. In 1947, he moved to Barre, where he was employed at LaCross Memorials and learned his trade as a stonecutter and finisher.
In 1951, he married Jeannine Maurice at St. Monica Church, and through this union, seven children were born.
He started working for Maurice Memorials in 1953, and in 1966 he joined in partnership with his brothers-in-law and the president, Raoul Maurice (father-in-law). He was a proud, hard worker and served as foreman and finisher.
Raymond enjoyed many activities in his spare time, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, bowling, fishing, gardening, hunting, woodworking, boating and camping. He also enjoyed cutting firewood each fall with his wife, Jeannine, for their winter warmth. His travels included Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and throughout the rest of the United States. He also enjoyed his camp on Lac St. Francois in Lambton, Quebec.
He was an active member of St. Monica Catholic Church, fourth-degree Knights of Columbus of Barre, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Barre Elks and the Canadian Club. But most of all, he enjoyed spending precious time with his family, especially at their camp in Northfield.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannine; his seven children: Leo and his wife, Leslie LaCroix, of Hartland, Luke and his wife, Jo Ann LaCroix, of Williston, Lise and her husband, Roland Pitts, of Lakewood, Colo., Maurice and his wife, Cyndie LaCroix, of Duxbury, Louis and his wife, Tracy LaCroix, of Mathews, N.C., Marielle and her husband, Gary Fitch, of Concord, N.H., and Michelle and her husband, Mike Matteis, of East Burke; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Also, his siblings: Real LaCroix, Rejean Richard, Pauline Bellevance, Mariette LaCroix and Andre LaCroix.
Besides his parents, Raymond was predeceased by his sister Jacqueline; Mariette (an infant); and two brothers, Roger and Renard LaCroix. Calling hours will be held Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Burial will take place immediately after the service at Hope Cemetery.
If you would like to make a donation, please send to: Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre, Vt.
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