SOUTHBRIDGE/WOODSTOCK, CT: Donald W. Lachapelle, 77, died Saturday, December 26, 2015 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center after being stricken ill.
Donald leaves behind his wife of fifty-six years, Jeanne (Carpentier) Lachapelle; a son James Lachapelle of Woodstock; a daughter Lori Lachapelle and her companion Gary Dumas of Putnam;two grandchildren: Ashley Lachapelle-Messier and her husband Jeremie of Woodstock and Richard Roy and his companion Darcy Aguilar of Florida; and one brother Wilfred Lachapelle, Jr. of Sturbridge. Donald also leaves his furry friends, Peanut and Benjamin. He was predeceased by one brother Nelson Lachapelle and one sister Edye Nuyttens. He was also predeceased by his beloved Bassett Hound, Donnie.
Donald was born on November 1, 1938 in Southbridge, the son of Wilfred and Mary (Digregorio) Lachapelle and lived in the Southbridge/Woodstock areas for all his life.
Donald worked for American Optical in Southbridge for well over twenty years where he received several awards with recognition for innovations and inventions. In addition, he owned Schofield Avenue Package Store in Dudley, MA with his wife for twenty-two years. Donald was very involved with Pop Warner Football and coached Little League and Babe Ruth League. Donald loved to tell stories and was an especially wonderful “Santa Claus.” He enjoyed raising tropical fish, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed time outdoors. Donald especially loved time spent with family.
Services will be private.
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