Paul's Story

BEVERLY HILLS, FLA., AND GRAND LAKE STREAM - Surrounded by family Paul went to his heavenly home on Jan. 21, 2015, at Citrus Memorial's Hospice, after a long battle with heart disease and recent lung cancer Paul was born on September 5, 1929, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the young child of the late Hormisdas and Eva Bernadette Daudelin LaMarche.

Paul graduated from Latin High School in Boston Massachusetts. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he began his medical career serving as a Pharmacists Mate aboard the USS Midway and at one time attached to Marine Expeditionary Forces during World War II and the Korean War.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Paul attended Boston College receiving a BS in Biology/Chemistry, Boston University School of Medicine receiving his MD in Medicine/Surgery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology receiving MS in Biochemical Genetics, Winstar Institute / University of PA & Brown University received an MA in Cytogenetic Pediatrics.

Paul was board certified by the American Academies of Pediatrics & Physician Executives, American Board of Pediatrics, and Founding Member of the Genetics Section, American Board of Medical Examiners, and American Board of Medical Examiners.

He was a member of the active staff at Rhode Island Hospital in the departments of Pathology and Pediatrics from 1963-1975, was Director and Founder of the Cytogenetic Lab, Medical Director of the Child Development Center and Assoc. Chief of Pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital. In 1975 Paul and his family moved to Bangor, where he became the Chief of Pediatrics and Genetics at Eastern Maine Medical Center until 1985 when he became Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director of EMMC until his retirement in 1995. During his time at EMMC he helped found Maine Toxicology Institute and Norumbega Specialists, LTD. Paul had Academic appointments as an Assoc. Professor, Genetic Research with Brown University, Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Tufts University Medical School, Cooperating Professor, Emeritus, University of Maine at Orono, Professor of Health Science and Director, Research Institute Husson College.

Paul received awards, Navy Commendation Medal USN Medical Corp 1950, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award 1984, Health Education Award from Maternal and Child Health Assoc. in 1980, Child Development Center Award 1974, Eastern Maine Healthcare Distinguished Service Award 1994 and Pediatric Leadership Award Rhode Island Hospital 1997.

Paul published numerous medical articles and co-wrote many published articles and books with many of his associates. He worked tirelessly with the Cystic Fibrosis clinics' in addition to many other pediatric clinics. He worked his work, the patients and their families.

The summer home at Grand Lake Stream was where he enjoyed to be, a place to gather with family, friends and beloved dogs. There was great pleasure watching nature from the sun room or out on the lakes.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Robert; sisters, Bernadette Pazasis and Lorraine Jones; his first wife, Genevieve Judge LaMarche; second wife, Erlinda Polvorsa LaMarche, M.D.; and a granddaughter, Jessica Pepin LaMarche.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Rolande M. (Belanger) LaMarche; sons, Paul LaMarche Jr., Ph.D., and wife, Sue, of Ewing Township, NJ; son, Phillip LaMarche of Augusta, ME; daughters, Marian and her husband, Patrick O'Brien, of Lisbon ME, Claire and her husband, Dr. Ron Welch, M.D., Patricia and her husband, Chad Bruce Carlisle PA; stepsons, (Ret.) MSgt, David Belanger and his wife, Tarilyn, of Ashland, MO, Darel Belanger and fiancee, Cherie Soto, of Woodstown, NJ; stepdaughter, Rachelle Belanger and her husband, Christopher Ashmore, of Tallahassee, Fl.; grandchildren, Kiernan LaMarche, Riley LaMarche, Casey LaMarche and her spouse, Corey, Denis Murphy and his wife, Alexis, Colleen Murphy and her husband, William DePaolo, Jennifer O'Brien and her husband, David Peters, Brendan O'Brien and his wife, Emily, Marygrace O'Brien and her husband, Nicholas Trakas, Rory O'Brien, Terrence O'Brien, Neal Wheaton, John Russell and wife, Kaede Johnson, and Rebecca Russell, Jessica Belanger and Jenna Belanger, Alyssa Belanger, Abel and Eli Ashmore, Cole and Alex Soto, and Hunter and Haleigh. Paul had several great-grandchildren, Aine, Nora, Eamonn O'Brien, Ronan Russell, Bryce Loeffler, William and Ella DePaolo, and Noelle and Reina Murphy.

Relatives and friends are welcome to call 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Brookings- Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, Maine. A Funeral Mass will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, North Main Street, Brewer. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the parish hall, immediately following the Mass. Interment with military honors will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Chapel of Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.

Those who wish to remember Paul's generosity are requested to do so by assisting the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; The Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401; EMHS Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931 or All Saints Catholic School, 768 Ohio St., Bangor, ME 04401.

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