Richard 'Dick' LaPointe


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Brunswick - Richard 'Dick' LaPointe joined his Lord on February 5, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born in Livermore Falls on August 15, 1930, to Leo R. LaPointe and Evelyn (Paul) LaPointe.
Dick earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager and was a three sport standout athlete in high school. He graduated from Livermore Falls High in 1949. He graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor's degree in education in 1953. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at UMO. Dick proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War being stationed in Frankfurt, Germany from 1953 to 1955.
Dick's first teaching job was in Washburn from 1955 to 1960. While earning his Master's degree during summer school at UMO he met the love of his life, Beverly Andrews. They were engaged in November of 1959, and as he said, she didn't say no. They were married in North Conway on July 2, 1960.
Bev and Dick moved to Old Town when he was hired as the Physical Education teacher at the Leonard Junior High. He was an icon at the school for 30 years. He influenced countless students to become better people and do the best they could in life. He became the athletic director, freshman basketball coach, and assistant football coach at the high school. Dick was instrumental in starting the Little League program in Old Town. During the summers he worked for the neighborhood youth corp. and Old Town parks and recreation. He loved nothing more than being on a field or court teaching someone the correct technique.
Dick had a love for the outdoors. He could be found in the woods every fall, ice fishing every winter, brook fishing every spring and spent countless hours fishing at the family camps on Lake Kezar. Every summer he and Bev packed their four kids up and went camping. Their journeys took them from Canada to Florida.
In 1991 he and Bev built a house in Brunswick to be closer to their kids in southern Maine. After retirement he and Bev went south to Myrtle Beach for the winter with their dear friends Don and Marcia Soler and Norm and Ann Bridge. They had many guests over the years whom they enjoyed playing golf and cards with.
Dick's crowning achievement in life was being Pappy to his five granddaughters. He spent countless hours attending his girls' games, plays, ceremonies and school activities. All of the girls' friends and teammates who knew Pappy loved him.
Dick was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Evelyn, an infant brother, Leo LaPointe Jr., his in-laws, Raechel LaPointe, Langdon and Dorothy Andrews, Ruth and Ralph Porter and Albert and Joanne Andrews. He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, of Brunswick, brother, Laurence, of Randolph, son, Rick and his wife, Lori, of Topsham, Kathy Shionis of Mountain View, CA, Lynn Wiese and her husband, Dorne, of Newnan, GA, and Lisa Peters and her husband, Dave, of Saco. He was also survived by his granddaughters, Lauren Lariviere and her husband, Jason, Hayley LaPointe, Miranda Whitcher and her husband, Josh, Allie Peters, and Samantha Shionis. He was also survived by a very special great-grandson, Graham Lariviere. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to thank Horizon's Living Center in Brunswick for their love and care of Dick. They cannot thank entire staff enough, especially Allie Reynolds, for making his time at Horizon's pleasant. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the activity fund at Horizons, 29 Maurice Drive, Brunswick, 04011.
Visiting hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Brackett's Funeral Home, 29 Federal Street, Brunswick. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 9, at St. Charles Borromeo Church on McKean Street in Brunswick. There will be a reception after the funeral. Details will be announced at a later time, all are welcomed to attend.
Published on February 7, 2018
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