Paul Donald Lafrance

March 23, 1931August 31, 2013

CHATHAM: Paul D. Lafrance, 82, of Chatham formerly of Manchester, CT died peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 31, 2013. He was born in Killingly, CT on March 23, 1931. Paul was the son of the late Joseph Napolean & Flora (Duhamel)Lafrance. He was the loving husband of the late Marie (Sperduti) Lafrance who passed away in 2001. Paul and Marie had been married 45 years. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Donald J. Lafrance. Paul is survived by his son & his wife Wayne & Mary Lafrance of Brewster, and his daughter Audrey Lafrance Greenway of Harwich. He leaves two grandchildren, Tony Greeley of Chatham, and Danielle Greeley of Harwich along with his beloved great granddaughter Scarlett Maria Roberts and her father, Brandon Roberts, of Harwich. Also mourning his loss is his former son-in-law Larry Greeley of Brewster. Paul is survived by many nieces and nephews. Paul and Marie moved their family to Cape Cod in 1969 from Manchester, Ct. It was a move that would prove to be very rewarding. Paul loved being on the water, fishing with his son Wayne, quahogging with his buddies on the flats, and clamming with his family on Monomoy Island many a summer Sunday. One of his favorite past times was dancing the night away every Saturday evening for 45 years with his beautiful Marie. From the Christopher Ryder House, to Chatham Bars Inn, to the Wayside Inn and many places in-between . As Master Carpenters, Paul and his son Wayne owned and operated Lafrance Construction for 25 years. In his retirement Paul enjoyed his memberships at the VFW in Chatham and Willy’s Gym in Orleans. You could set your clock by Paul’s three hour a day work-outs. In addition, he was an avid gardener, movie aficionado, and loved his rock and roll music. One of Paul’s proudest moments was when he chose to skydive over Chatham for his 80th birthday with his daughter Audrey. One of Paul’s greatest achievements was becoming sober at 72 years old and never looking back; a feat that his family and friends proudly admired. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Ave., Chatham, MA at 11 am on Saturday, September 7, 2013. A private burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Paul’s life at a reception immediately following the service at Vining’s Bistro, 595 Main Street, Chatham, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s name to: The Visiting Angels, 915 Rte 28, Harwich, MA.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2013

Paul Donald Lafrance

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Paul & Gwen Kelly

September 4, 2013

Paul always had a kind word and a big smile for everyone, especially at Willy's Gym and even more so when regaling us with his narration of his legendary skydiving adventure with Audrey! He inspired us with his dedication to this family and his commitment to sobriety. A great guy! We are better people for having known him and we miss him!

Tom lee

September 4, 2013

Iam sad for your loss.Imet paul at Willys and always enjoyed our conversations.The look on his face when he spoke of his skydive with his daughter was priceless.He will be missed by all that knew him.

September 4, 2013

Audrey and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will always keep the coffee brewing and visualize Paul sitting at the counter after or before his work-outs! He is missed and loved by all of his Willy's family and we will never forget him. If you need anything at all please let us know.

Barbara and the entire Willy's Team

Linda Groth

September 3, 2013

Paul, you will always have a special place in my heart. You touched so many people with your smile, thoughtfulness & warmth, we love you.

Linda Groth & The Willy's Gym Family

Al Souza

September 3, 2013

I am a friend from Willy's Gym.
I was one of Paul's supporters at the Chatham Airport on his 80th birthday, and witnessed his famous Skydive
Paul even gave me a copy of the video showing the whole event.
I watched it today and loved the expression of happiness on his face. Paul spoke of the experience for months.

I am privileged to have been a friend to such a wonderful man.
We will all miss his terrific sense of humor.

Al Souza

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

September 1, 2013

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.