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Richard "Dick" M. LaChapelle, Sr.


Dick passed away at his home on February 15, 2020 after a brief illness. He was born, raised and resided in Northfield all of his life. He is the oldest child of the late Lucien and Pauline LaChapelle. Dick is predeceased by his wife Debra Harbour LaChapelle who passed in 1996. He leaves his guiding hands to his sons Richard LaChapelle Jr. and wife Lisa of Belmont, Kevin LaChapelle and his wife Tarra of Tilton, grandsons Craig, Jake, Bryson,and Kegan. He was also expecting his first great-grandchild in June. Dick has spent the last 9 years with his sweetheart and lovebird Barbara Shumway. Barbara and her children have been an amazing addition to Dick’s family. Dick also leaves behind his sisters Mary Jane Atherton of Northfield, Vicki Rogers of Northfield and brother Butch LaChapelle of Sanbornton. He also leaves behind busloads of nieces and nephews. Special mention to his brother-in-law and life-long friend Charlie Harris of Northfield.So many more friends to mention especially his second family at Tilton Sand and Gravel (Pike).

During his childhood he was known to be part of the “Park Street Gang” before moving to his lifelong home on Harbour Hill.

Dick recently retired from Pike Industries after piloting a Cat loader for 40 (fotty) years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Whitman-Davidson Post 49, Tilton-Northfield Arch Trail Travelers, Swift Diamond Riders and former Captain of the Tilton/Northfield Fire Department Engine Company #3 “Always in Heat”.

He had a passion for the outdoors. His home away from home was at camp in West Stewartstown. He loved to snowmobile in the North Country and go on his annual snowmobile trip to Northern Maine. His greatest passion was his Jeep rides with his sweetheart Barbara. They could often be found putt’n around the backroads of New Hampshire in their Red Jeep. He and Barbara especially enjoyed evening Jeep rides to Spaulding to watch the deer.

He will forever be remembered for keeping things; clean, polished, dusted, waxed, straight, level, plumb, square, organized, tidy, neat, folded, oiled, greased and spit-shined.

Donations in lieu of flowers to Concord VNA and Hospice, 30 Pillsbury St.,  Street Concord, NH 03301

Visiting hours will be held on Friday February 21st from 2pm-5pm at the Paquette-Neun Funeral Home, 104 Park Street in Northfield, NH. There will be a Celebration of Life immediately following at the Northfield Train Station, 5 Park Street in Northfield where there will be time for stories and refreshments until 9 pm. 

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February 21, 2020

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Paquette-Neun Funeral Home
104 Park St.
Northfield, NH 03276

Celebration of Life
February 21, 2020

5:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Northfield Freight Depot
5 Park St.
Northfield, NH 03276


Concord Regional VNA & Hospice
30 Pillsbury St., Concord NH 03301

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