David R. Laflamme

June 28, 1949January 29, 2018

David R. Laflamme, 68, of Fairhaven, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Patricia J. (Newett) Laflamme with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Gerald F. and Sophie R. Laflamme, he had resided in Fairhaven since 1984. He was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School.

David served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Independence during the Vietnam War.

He had a successful career as a welder working for Canal Electric in Sandwich, NC Hudon in New Bedford and Brownell Boat Trailers in Mattapoisett.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Gerald J. Laflamme and his wife Stephanie of Raynham; a daughter, Melanie Reitano and her husband Paul of Salem, NH; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Ethan and Logan Laflamme, Brian, Thomas, Grace and Luke Reitano; a sister, Nancy Palmer; a close cousin, Sandra Quinn of E. Freetown; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert Laflamme.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 9-11AM with a Funeral Service at 11AM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to Mass General Cancer Center, 50 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. For online tributes please visit:


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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William Wilbur

February 6, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Dave from working at the Canal He was a kind and helpful man who was there for anyone who needed help . Dave will be missed by many but never forgotten God bless. Bill Wilbur

Tom Galligan

February 6, 2018

I am sorry for your loss. I knew David many, many years ago from the Country Club of New Bedford. I caddied there and did many times for his father Gerry (BTW, great player). If I'm not mistaken David also caddied there and with me. I remember David just being a great guy (young man), very respectful and very well thought of. It's sad and very humbling to read that I/we lost a childhood acquaintance. Tom Galligan

Tom Frazee

February 4, 2018

Pat, Gerald and Melanie. Just so saddened to read of David's passing today. He was a wonderful friend. We shared some great times together. He was a gentle giant who enjoyed people. David's spirit will live on within all of us who knew him. I will be thinking of you all. I am so sorry for your loss. Tom Frazee

Scott Barrow

February 4, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. I first met Dave in 1966, when he was in Voke but doing maintenance work at the Country Club of New Bedford. My family had the Texaco gas station at he corner of Rte. 6 and Slocum Road in Dartmouth, where a Cumberland Farms store is now. Dave was a tall, skinny kid who would come flying into the station in a golf cart, to get a Coke and shoot the breeze. He had a white 1964 MG Midget and he let me use it frequently. I bought a blue one for myself that summer, and I still have MG's to this day. Dave started me on a lifelong course. He traded-in his MG on the first Chevy Camaro we ever saw. He ordered and paid for it at Geo. O'Hara's and it was one of the very first ones made. It was blue, six cylinder engine with 'three-on-the-tree'. He could not afford a V8 with 'four-on-the-floor', but it went real good just the same! I met him years later at Canal Electric and he told be about his bout with cancer. I'll remember him as a friendly and good-natured man, always ready to help out and very generous. You were blessed to have him in your family. My mother worked with his mother, at a Nursing Home, and they were friends as well.