Kenneth R. Lafontaine

April 7, 1940 - March 16, 2021
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Kenneth R. Lafontaine, 80, of Ludlow, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.  Son of the late Albert and Yvonne (Normand) Lafontaine, he was born in Webster, MA on April 7, 1940.  His family moved to Fairview to be nearer to his father’s family. Ken graduated from Chicopee Comp in 1952. Ken met his first love at the Willow Theater in Willimansett.  He saw her standing in line and told his friend…”that is the girl I’m going to marry”.  He’d just turned 16 at the time.  He married that girl and they moved to Ludlow to raise their three fantastic children.  Ken worked as a tool and dye maker in several small job shops in the area.  He was very accomplished at his trade and proud of his work.  Ken was very involved in his parish community of St. Elizabeth’s teaching religious education for many years.  He also served as a Eucharistic Minister and a leader of the RCIA program and prayer ministry.  He also volunteer at the Hampden County House of Corrections in Ludlow teaching Bible study.

Ken loved the outdoors; he was the first leader of the Weblos at church, hosting the first meeting of the group in his basement.  He particularly loved camp outs with the group. He also loved hunting and fishing in Vermont with his friend Red.  He was a great carpenter, making his own kitchen cabinets and oak woodwork for his home.

Family was Ken’s greatest joy, he leaves his beloved wife of 61 years Nancy (Dascanio) Lafontaine; his son Glen Lafontaine and his wife Corrine; daughters Debra Lamb and her husband Ron and Tammy Deyo and her husband Chuck.  He also leaves his brother Robert Lafontaine and his 6 beloved grandchildren Kyle, Chelsea, Amber, Ashley and Zachary as well as his great-grandchildren Aiden, Madelyn, Olivia and Chelsea’s children who live out of state.  Sadly, he was predeceased by his brother Richard Lafontaine.

Walk-through, no contact visiting hours for Ken will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish.  Burial will follow in Island Pond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ken’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org or Dakin Humane Society 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105 or www.dakinhumane.org. Masks, social distancing, no contact and all gathering restrictions will be adhered to.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home

Address:

64 Sewall Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Walk-through, no contact visiting hours for Ken will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA.

Masks, social distancing, no contact and all gathering restrictions will be adhered to.


Service Information

Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth

Address:

181 Hubbard Street, Ludlow, MA, 1056

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A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021  at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish.  Burial will follow in Island Pond Cemetery.

Masks, social distancing, no contact and all gathering restrictions will be adhered to.


Donation Information

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ken’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org or Dakin Humane Society 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105 or www.dakinhumane.org.


 

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Born: April 7, 1940
Died: March 16, 2021

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Margaret Natario posted on 3/23/21

Nancy, so sorry for your loss. You have been such a dear friend and neighbor to my mom, Rose, who loves you. Rose and I want to express the most heartfelt condolences to you at this time. Ken surely lived a great life with you, ever vigilant by his side with love. Please reach out at any time and without reservation. Deb and Tammy, hope you are both well and so sorry for your loss. Wishing you all peace in the coming weeks and months. Best, Margaret

 

St Elizabeth Church posted on 3/21/21

On behalf of the parishioners and staff of St Elizabeth Parish please accept our deepest sympathy on the recent death of Kenneth Be assured of our prayers for consolation and strength

 

Missy posted on 3/19/21

We are so sorry, Deb.

 

Santi & Bev Camarotti posted on 3/18/21

Our sincere deepest condolences to the entire Lafontaine family. May your memories keep him alive in your hearts. RIP Ken 🙏🏻

 

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