Leo W. LaValley, 92
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Leo W. LaValley, aged 92 years, 3 months, and 4 days, passed away on Sunday October 8, 2017. His beloved daughter Kim, his primary caregiver and near-constant companion, was by his side as he passed.
Leo was born on July 4, 1925, in northern Vermont to Mary Evangeline LaValley. As a young man he relocated to North Adams and was educated in local schools, graduating from St. Joseph High School, prior to joining the U.S. Army. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star and numerous other honors as a result of his service in World War II, where he was part of the 3rd Army as a radio operator in Italy.
After military service, Leo returned to the city where he was a long time proud union employee for Sprague Electric. He married Martha Belouin on June 7, 1947. They shared their days for nearly 68 years before Martha's death in May 2015. During their marriage, aside from raising nine children and loving 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson, they frequently camped in their RV and enjoyed local travel. Leo worked part-time as a bus monitor after his retirement, as he enjoyed children and keeping busy. He was a member of the local VFW.
Leo was the patriarch to a large and doting clan. He and Martha had nine children: Lawrence, Stephen, David, Peter, Kimberly, Michael, Richard, Mary Beth and Shaun. He especially was close to his daughter-in-law Nancy, and his son's partner Lynn, who was also a devoted caregiver during his final illness. Other surviving daughters in law include Mary Jane, Janet, and Tammy. Leo also enjoyed the company of 17 grandchildren: Stephen, Laura, Daniel, Martha, Bruce, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Peter, Christopher, Seth, Elizabeth, Amanda, John, Beau, Frankie-Ann, Shaun, and Kaitlin, as well as foster and step-grandchildren: Tracy, Kelly, Lisa, Bonnie, Brenda, Pennie, and Debbie. Leo's 25 great-grandchildren were the light of many of his days: Leo, Jonnie, Charles, Alysia, Aleyda, Eli, Isabelle, Zoey, Donovan, Spencer, Conner, Andrew, Morgan, Madelyn, Jack, Mae, Marcus, Breanna, Zachary, Oliver, Landon, Clark, Jhon, Julius and Zachary. Leo was fortunate to have one great-great-grandson, Finn.
Waiting for Leo in Heaven, with a Red Sox game on, some scratch tickets, a fresh pot of coffee and some chocolate cake, were his beloved wife Martha, brother Benjamin, sons Larry and Steve, daughter Betsy, daughter-in-law Sue, and a veritable herd of small dogs he doted gentle affection on throughout the years.
Funeral notice: Services will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapel, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass. A calling hour will take place from 10-11 a.m, followed by the funeral service.
Burial with full military honors at the family plot, Southview Cemetary, will follow. Due to his lifelong love of animals, memorial donations are suggested to the Angel Fund at Greylock Animal Hospital, through the funeral home.
Obituary Provided By: Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals