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Benjamin J. LaPorte Jr.
February 2, 1938 ~ September 7, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Benjamin Joseph LaPorte, Jr.
February 2, 1938 – September 7, 2023
Benjamin Joseph LaPorte, Jr., 85, of Savannah, GA, passed away on September 7, 2023, peacefully surrounded by family.
Benjamin was born to Benjamin, Sr., and Adele LaPorte on February 2, 1938, in Providence, RI. He graduated high school in Burrillville, RI in 1956. Benajmin served in the US Navy as a submariner from 1956 to 1966. His career in the Navy brought him to Spain, the Mediterranean, Scotland, Copenhagen, the Artic Circle, and San Diego during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then worked as a submarine electrician at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Kittery, ME. He was a resident of York, Me for 35 years before spending 10 years in Jonesboro, TN with a beautiful mountain view, 3 years in Marlboro, MA and his final 4 years in Savannah, GA where he loved watching the ships go up the Savannah River.
Benjamin is survived by his four daughters, Diane Kane and husband Sean of Abington, MA, Suzanne Perron and husband Jeff of Dover, NH, Karen LaPorte and husband Edward Taylor, IV., of Savannah, GA, and Melissa Hallock and Daniel of Marlboro, MA. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Alanna Perron, Kyle and Nicholas Kane, and Liam and Ryan Hallock, along with his brother Russell LaPorte and wife Susan of South Berwick, ME. Benjamin was predeceased by his parents Benjamin, Sr. and Adele, his wife Cécile, and his grandson Zander Perron.
Benjamin loved to spend time with his friends and family playing cards, sharing stories, or dancing surrounded by laughter and a variety of music. He was very young at heart and lit up every room he entered. In his spare time, he also enjoyed photography, wildlife, gardening, astronomy, cooking, watching Westerns and his extensive Lionel train collection. However, what he enjoyed the most was traveling by car or train across the United States and Canada, meeting people from all walks of life. He was loved by everyone he met and will dearly be missed and always remembered.
Benjamin’s family will host a Celebration of Life in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., in York, ME on Saturday, September 30th from 11:00am – 1:00pm followed by a burial with Military Honors at 1:30pm in the First Parish Cemetery, York, ME. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his memory to the National Audubon Society by clicking on this link (Honor the memory of a bird lover in your life. | National Audubon Society).