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David C. Laferriere

Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother;

David C. Laferriere, 86 of Lowell, Massachusetts, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

He was the loving husband of the late Claire R. (Blanchette) Laferriere who died in 2001.

Born in Lowell, MA, July 31, 1937, the son of the late Henry and the late Jeanette (Aselin) Laferriere, he attended the Immaculate Conception Grammer School and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

A veteran of the Korean Conflict, David proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1954 until 1958 aboard the USS Coral Sea as a Boilerman 1st Class Petty Officer. He received the Navy Occupation Service Medal as well as the Good Conduct Medal.

Prior to his retirement, David was the owner and operator of David C. Laferriere Plumbing and Heating for over 30 years. He previously co-owned and operated Laferriere & Sons Plumbing and Heating Company with his father and brothers. He also had his Master Plumbers License in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, as well as Massachusetts Gas Fitter, Pipefitter, and Contractor’s license.

Amongst his various interests, David enjoyed dancing, antiquing, and going to flea markets. An avid golfer and member of Long Meadow Golf Club for many years, he also took great pride in taking care of his lawn and flower gardens. David also cherished spending time reminiscing about his yesteryears with his longtime friends, family, and anyone who wanted to sit and listen. He most especially loved the special bond he had with his youngest great-grandchildren: Claire and William.

David was also an active member to many organizations: The USS Coral Sea Association, Disabled American Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion, and the National MA and Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors where he held many titles.

He was also a former member of the Greater Lowell Vocational High School Committee for three terms and was very passionate about vocational schools. He was a proponent for education and would always say, “a vocational school to a tradesman is like going to heaven.” He was also a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Church where he would attend daily and weekly masses.

David is survived by two daughters: Maureen Soucy and her husband Joseph of Lowell, MA, and Michele Martineau of Tyngsboro, MA; a son David C. Laferriere Jr. and his significant other Theresa L. Corriveau of Nashua, NH; six grandchildren Melissa Taborda and her husband Eric, Amanda Laferriere and her fiancé Michael King, Ashely St. Croix and her husband Christopher, Jonathan Soucy and his significant other Samantha Laferriere, Ryan Martineau and his fiancé Jacqueline Talbot and Blake Martineau and his wife Erin; five great-grandchildren Hollie Boisvert, Nicholas and Dylan Taborda, Claire and William St. Croix; a brother Gilbert Laferriere of NH; a sister-in-law Virginia Laferriere of Lowell, MA; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.He was the brother of the late Gloria Laflamme, Beatrice “Sookie” Reiderer, Arlene Normandin, Delores Soucier, Jannette Hargreaves, Jeannie Campagnon, Henry and Michael Laferriere.
Friends may call on Thursday morning November 16, 2023, at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. followed by his Funeral Mass to be celebrated at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in LOWELL, MA, at 11:30 A.M. Burial to follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery. E-condolences/directions are available at http://www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Immaculate Conception Church, 3 Fayette St. Lowell, MA, 01852. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (13)
  • Bonnie Johnson  - Great Neighbor and Friend
    I just became aware of Dave’s passing as Maureen was so nice to send me a card and say she received the Christmas card we sent him. He was a great neighbor and friend to Russ and Gloria Hopkinson as well as to me and my sisters Deborah and Janice. May his family be comforted by fond memories of good times spent together. God Bless!
  • Diane (Laferriere) Dean  - so sorry
    I just heard about cousin David. From Uncle Dick's family we are so sorry for your loss.
  • Brian P Barry
    Dave and Maureen , So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May he rest in peace
  • Fran Nowak  - Friend and Neighbor
    I knew Dave was in poor health but am so sorry to hear of his death. As a plumber, he didn't get rich on my home as a client. He kept my mother's heating system going for so long that it was antique by the time I took it over. He was a raconteur par-excellence and since we agreed on most everything, we could talk at great length. He was a great asset to the Greater Lowell Technical School - I so wish he could be active on the education or political scene locally today. Another good man gone. My deep sympathy to his family.
  • Kathy Flynn
    Dear Maureen and family, My sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
  • Bill Fox
    My deepest sympathy
  • Pam Hutchins  - friend
    Michele, so sorry for the loss of your dad. You and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
  • George and Kathi Cheney  - Thanks to a great friend
    Thanks so much to Dave for all he did for us. He was a major help as we started work on our weekend camp. He generously donated his time and skill installing the plumbing and heat as well as his general construction expertise helping with so much else. We remember going camping together with Claire and Dave at White Lake State Park in Tamworth, NH. Also, we frequently enjoyed dining out together and a memorable trip to the bowling alley. Thanks also for introducing George to L. L. Bean in Freeport. Dave was a great friend and we’re sorry that we drifted apart. Our sincere condolences to Maureen, David, Michelle and the rest of the extended family. George and Kathi
  • D.J. Deeb
    My deepest sympathy is extended to the family at this difficult time. I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We served together for over 10 years on the Greater Lowell Technical School Committee and we became good friends during that time. Dave was a devoted public servant who always looked out for the best interests of the students and taxpayers. Since moving to Tennessee a few years ago to accept a position as a professor I remained in contact with Dave, but distance and settling in made it difficult to keep in touch as often as I would have liked these last few years. This is a loss for the community that he loved as well as his family, but I know that he is in a better place with Claire. Rest in peace, my good friend.
  • Debbie and Tom Bellegarde
    Maureen, David ,and Michelle. Very sorry about your dad. He was one of a kind. A great brother to my mother and ,just a really gentle ,nice, guy. He sure was always ready and willing to tell a story. We will all miss Uncle Dave
  • Maureen Gillette Spinney  - Friend
    My sincere condolences to all the family. As a close neighbor to Gloria LaFlamme and her family, I grew up as an acquaintance to your Dad and Mom. I will remember him as a friendly gentleman always willing to chat about our families and reminiscing about the past. May your happy memories bring you peace. Sincerely, Maureen Gillette Spinney
  • Erin Hart  - Your Dad
    Dear Maureen and Michelle, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Tom O'Hare  - friend
    Gil - Very sorry to read about Dave. Remember him from growing up on Bartlett and East Merrimack St. For a few years we lived on Hoyt Avenue together.Always a big smile on his face.I remember he was good friends with Eddie Gath. My deepest condolences.....Tom O'Hare
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