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Updated: 02/19/2014 08:00:01AM

John H. LaFrance

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John H. LaFrance, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, and now joins his beloved wife, Dorothy May Burgess.

John and Dot enjoyed their retirement very much. What made their day was sitting at the jetty watching the boats come in, and the sunset.

John lived the past 23 years in Venice, Fla.; previously, he was a longtime resident of Hudson and Chatham, Mass. He enjoyed fishing, boating and a good book.

John served in the Marines during World War II before working as a foreman at Raytheon and GM. He retired from the Water Department of Hudson, Mass.

John leaves behind his daughter, Diane, and her husband, Stephen Smith, of Hudson, Mass.; his stepdaughters, Paula and her husband, Jack Merloni, of Southborough , Mass., and Susan and her husband, Butch Cataldo, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and his stepsons, Jack Gagen of Nokomis, Fla., and Richard Gagen and his wife, Irene, of Millis, Mass. He also leaves two sisters, Dorothy Young of Sarasota, Fla., and Lucille Cain of Wayland, Mass.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. John enjoyed 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Their pictures are all around the house.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.

Services: Services will be in Massachusetts at a later date. Farley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To send a condolence, visit:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of John LeFrance to the hospice of your choice.