Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist-East Brainerd Chapel
8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN
May 7, 1931 – June 22, 2019
Hector Charles Laplante, 88, of Chattanooga passed away peacefully on Saturday June 22, 2019. Chuck was born on May 7, 1931 in Newport, Vermont. He was the son of the late Sarah and Hector Laplante and was also preceded by 4 sisters and 2 brothers. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Cynthia Laplante; daughter, Lisa Laplante (Dan Case); sons, Gregory (Brenda) and Timothy Laplante; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Chuck was an Air Force veteran and served in the Korean conflict. Chuck’s love for aircraft and flying led to a 31-year career with American Airlines. His career with American Airlines took him and Cynthia to Tulsa, OK where they lived and raised their family for 42 years before moving to Chattanooga, TN in 2006. One of Chuck’s favorite pastimes was sports. He was an incredible athlete and was inducted into the athletic Hall of Fame in northern Vermont for Football and Baseball. He coached football, baseball, and softball for many years and influenced hundreds of youth in the Tulsa, OK area. His coaching style was that of discipline, pushing your own limits and hard work. He taught all that he coached, along with his children, to persevere and never give up. That self-discipline and work ethic was at the forefront of his guidance and we are all better because of his love and leadership. He set the bar high, not only for himself, but for his children and all he coached and managed. He will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Chattanooga Funeral Home 8214 E. Brainerd Rd. Chattanooga TN 37421. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11:00am at St. Stephen Catholic Church located at 7111 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga with Reverend Manuel Perez, Pastor. Chuck was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6099. Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of your choice or the Knights of Columbus Council 6099, P.O. Box 21481, Chattanooga, TN. 37424. Please share your memories of Chuck with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral, Crematory and Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.
- Visitation Thursday, June 27, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, June 28, 2019
July 3, 2019
Dear Cynthia & Family,
We were very saddened to hear of Chuck's passing. We will miss his wit and humor and all around positive attitude toward life.
It was always a pleasure to stop by the cottage and share some Jack Daniels or wonderful conversation. Chuck had a zest for life that was inspirational and contagious. We will always remember Chuck for his friendly smile and all around good nature. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences.
Fred & Charlotte Tyburski
June 26, 2019
Cynthia and family,
Thinking of you, and remembering all the good times at the cottages, and they were good times. With love and sadness, Judy Magoon
June 24, 2019
I’ve known Chuck and his lovely family since the 60’s. Growing up, Greg and I were close friends since junior high school and as such I became close with you all. I have respected Chuck since the first time I came into their house. He was always kind to me, even when I probably didn’t deserve it. May God comfort you all in this time.
Susan Carron Butler
June 24, 2019
I remember growing up with Tim and you all coming to vermont for the summer I spent many hours with Tim and his parents and enjoyed every min of them he was a wonderful man and will be missed. my heart goes out to all of you and wish I could be there for you. my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you RIP Bugs love you . Sue
June 24, 2019
Chuck and Cynthia were two of the first neighbors I met upon moving into the Village of Ashwood. In fact, we shared the same driveway with two other dear neighbors, Judy and Mary. Oh what fun memories I still have from those days. Then, my Mom was their neighbor for nearly a decade. Throughout all these years, Chuck never failed to offer a smile and to eagerly engage with others. He was always willing to offer his help and to keep an eye out for each of us! His kindness, positive attitude and cheerful demeanor will serve as an example to all who knew and loved him! He will be greatly missed by all. May you rest in peace dear sweet Chuck!
June 23, 2019
RIP Coach. Coach Laplante was one of the best men I have ever met or be coached by. He always lead us to do our best, while showing us we were capable of more. If it had not been for his leadership I would not have pursued college football, my life would have been altered. The man and coach I am today is because of his example of giving back, family and how to be a man. Laplante family you know how Carrie and I feel about you, prayers for you all. Cecil Pettigrew
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