OBITUARY

Diane Alice Laferriere

December 5, 1942July 12, 2018
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Diane A. (Judd) Laferriere, 75, of Palm Beach Shores, FL, and South Dartmouth, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in her South Dartmouth residence. She was the beloved wife of Richard W. (“Dick”) Laferriere with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Acushnet, Diane was the daughter of the late Armand W. and Laurette (Despres) Judd of New Bedford. She lived most of her life in the greater New Bedford area, attending Holy Family High School and Cardinal Cushing College. In more recent years, Diane and her husband made Florida their primary residence until her illness brought her back to Massachusetts. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dartmouth.

Mrs. Laferriere worked many years as a medical secretary for a private internal medicine practice (which ultimately became part of the Southcoast Primary Care network). Her piercing blue eyes and infectious smile were a welcome sight to all the patients she interacted with each day. Anyone who knew Diane could attest to her warm heart, glorious laugh, and genuine interest in all she met.

Diane embodied what it meant to be a dedicated wife, a doting mother of two sons, an adoring grandmother of eight, and a friend to all. She cherished the many journeys she and Dick took to watch her children and grandchildren compete in their many sporting events. When in Florida, Diane loved the beach and relaxing by the pool with her friends. An avid Patriots fan, she looked forward to every game.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard (“Rick”) Laferriere II and his wife, Kelly, of Southport, CT and Robert (“Rob”) Laferriere and his wife, Karen, of Chatham, NJ; two sisters, Louise Sharkey and her husband, Gerard, and Denise Marcelino and her husband, Abel, all of New Bedford. Diane was known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren: Luke, Max, Zoe, Sophie, Alex, Harry, Jack, and Phoebe. She is also survived by an uncle, Henry Judd and his wife Barbara of Schenectady, NY; sisters-in-law, Donna Belliveau of Dartmouth and Janet Audette-Wagner of New Bedford; and 10 nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Paul Judd.

Visitation will be Monday 4-7 pm at the Waring-Sullivan Home in South Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Diane’s funeral will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9 am from the Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719, www.communitynurse.com or Massachusetts General Center for Breast Cancer, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114, www.massgeneral.org. For online tribute and service directions www.waring-sullivan.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Funeral Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Diane Alice Laferriere

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Pauline Levasseur Desrosiers

July 29, 2018

My sincere condolences to her family at Diane's passing. Diane and I were classmates at St. Joseph's Grammar School and she was, as described, always warm and friendly and a pleasure to be around. I was so happy that after so many years we were finally able to meet one more time at our St. Joseph Class Reunion. We were classmates for many of the 8 years we were there and she was always special. May eternal rest be hers. Pauline Levasseur Desrosiers

Cynthia Hodson-Gaudreau

July 17, 2018

Diane was a classmate of mine at
Holy Family high school. I remember her as being beautiful, happy, always pleasant and a good student. She was an asset to our class. I am glad she had such a good life. I know her family will miss her. At least she is now at peace with the Lord.

Marilyn Saint Aubin

July 17, 2018

Dear Dick,
I am so sorry to learn of Diane’s passing.
She was a beautiful lady with a great smile. She was always so nice to my Mom at the Doctor’s office several years ago. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Marilyn

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Biography

Diane A. (Judd) Laferriere, 75, of Palm Beach Shores, FL, and South Dartmouth, died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in her South Dartmouth residence. She was the beloved wife of Richard W. (“Dick”) Laferriere with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Acushnet, Diane was the daughter of the late Armand W. and Laurette (Despres) Judd of New Bedford. She lived most of her life in the greater New Bedford area, attending Holy Family High School and Cardinal Cushing College. In more recent years, Diane and her husband made Florida their primary residence until her illness brought her back to Massachusetts. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dartmouth.

Mrs. Laferriere worked many years as a medical secretary for a private internal medicine practice (which ultimately became part of the Southcoast Primary Care network). Her piercing blue eyes and infectious smile were a welcome sight to all the patients she interacted with each day. Anyone who knew Diane could attest to her warm heart, glorious laugh, and genuine interest in all she met.

Diane embodied what it meant to be a dedicated wife, a doting mother of two sons, an adoring grandmother of eight, and a friend to all. She cherished the many journeys she and Dick took to watch her children and grandchildren compete in their many sporting events. When in Florida, Diane loved the beach and relaxing by the pool with her friends. An avid Patriots fan, she looked forward to every game.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard (“Rick”) Laferriere II and his wife, Kelly, of Southport, CT and Robert (“Rob”) Laferriere and his wife, Karen, of Chatham, NJ; two sisters, Louise Sharkey and her husband, Gerard, and Denise Marcelino and her husband, Abel, all of New Bedford. Diane was known as “Mimi” to her grandchildren: Luke, Max, Zoe, Sophie, Alex, Harry, Jack, and Phoebe. She is also survived by an uncle, Henry Judd and his wife Barbara of Schenectady, NY; sisters-in-law, Donna Belliveau of Dartmouth and Janet Audette-Wagner of New Bedford; and 10 nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Paul Judd.

Visitation will be Monday 4-7 pm at the Waring-Sullivan Home in South Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Diane’s funeral will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9 am from the Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, 62 Center St., Fairhaven, MA 02719, www.communitynurse.com or Massachusetts General Center for Breast Cancer, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114, www.massgeneral.org. For online tribute and service directions www.waring-sullivan.com.