OBITUARY

William Laureat Plante Jr.

October 1, 1942September 8, 2018

William “GPA” L. Plante Jr, lover of lobstah’s, master of puzzles, and carver of great pumpkins, passed away September 8th 2018 at the age of 75. Born October 1st, 1942 in Lewiston, ME, Bill grew up spending his summers on Biddeford Pool Beach, enjoying clambakes and cleaning lobster bodies for free. He played trombone in his school band “The Tempo Men” and was a protective older brother to his two sisters. He graduated from Lewiston High in 1960 and married his High School Sweetheart, Suzanne Doucette. He joined the GE apprentice course in Lynn, MA and studied at both Tufts University and University of Maine. He went to work for Bancroft and Martin in Portland, back to GE, and eventually Digital Equipment Corporation where he thrived for more than 30 years. Digital gave Bill and his young family the opportunity to move often, making homes in West Peabody, MA; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Southwick, MA; and eventually 20+ years in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1997, Bill and Suzanne made one final move with an opportunity at Maxtor in Longmont, CO to be closer to kids and grandkids, and he happily retired from InPhase Technologies in 2008. Bill was truly the life of every party with his quick wit, contagious laugh (often at himself) and great stories. He adored his grandchildren and kept his calendar full attending their activities. Bill’s hobbies were many, including body surfing in the frigid waters of Maine, skiing, golfing, vacationing with his entire family, puzzling, bird watching and painting. He had an epic tee shirt collection often wearing his favorite “Yes, dear” and a watch collection to match every mood and color. He loved trying new restaurants, was a loyal fan of the Denver Broncos, and a movie fanatic sharing his personal reviews, “The Maine-iacs Guide to the Movies,” and Oscar picks across social media. Bill spent many years volunteering with the United Way, Chins Up, and Crime Stoppers. He was always quick to lend support to anyone who needed it. His favorite quote was “Don’t wait for your ship to come in… swim out to it.” Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 58 years, Suzanne Plante; children Renée and Ken Forsythe, of Fort Collins, CO, Tracy and Mark Flavin of Highwood, IL, Lisa and Jeff Assenza of Manlius, NY, Jason and Sophie Plante of Longmont, CO; eleven fabulous grandchildren – Alex, Chloe, Conor, Patrick, Trevor, Elise, John, Dean, Kayla, Aidan & Courtney; siblings, Bette Lou and Ted Jewett, Debbie Brown and John Plante all residing in Maine; and so many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his Father, William L. Plante Sr., Mother, Lorraine (Rainy) Wakefield, Uncle Roland Dumais and Aunt Beatrice (Bee) Plante. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on September 22nd, from 2-5 at his favorite local Longmont restaurant, O’Shays, 512 Main Street. Per Bill’s wishes, Hawaiian shirts are strongly encouraged. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 22, 2018
REMEMBERING

William Laureat Plante Jr.

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Don Spence

September 22, 2018

Thinking of you today and always. Thanks for being such a great friend. Memories of our times together will stay with me forever. RIP Bill.

Huguette Bourret

September 22, 2018

Dear Suzanne,I was very surprised and sad to hear of Bill's passing.I know how he was important for you. I remember when Andy and I visited you eight years ago. I remember how he was generous for the ride in his convertible, his humour and how he tried to say my first name in French with a nice smile.When I'll visit Andy, next week, we w'll speak about you two. Andy has your photo on his desk. In the Andy's name and myself I would like to express my deepest condolences and prayers to you, Suzie, and all your family.This afternoon, I will be with you in thought
Huguette and Andy

Keith Maruska

September 20, 2018

Suzanne, Renee, Tracy, Lisa and Jason (and your extended families) -- I was very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Although it has been many years (and miles) since our laughter and time together, Bill left a lasting impression on me. His quick humor, positive outlook and understanding heart showed many (including me) how to be better fathers and humans. You should all feel fortunate and proud to have known and loved a man so rare. Bless you all and R.I.P. Billy - you will be missed.

Susan Vaillancourt

September 14, 2018

I was very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I too worked indirectly with him during the Digital Days. I have many memories of his pranks and jokes. He was ALWAYS in a good mood and always made you laugh. RIP as you will be missed.

May God bless Suzanne and her family through this difficult time.

Eva Martinez

September 14, 2018

To Bill's Family...my deepest condolences and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. Bill was my boss for a short time at Digital when he was the Site HR Manager. What a sweet and kind soul he has. I worked with Bill indirectly for many years at Digital and there is no question, " he was one of a kind". He served as the adult in the room offering his ear, his consulting expertise and many problem solving challenges, thru the many, changes and transitions at Digital. His common sense is legendary. As I recall, he was responsible for implementing the Puerto Rican paranda celebrations in Colorado Springs, that he had embraced while living and working in Mayaquez. He loved the culture and brought that to us in Colorado Springs during the early DEC days. I will not forget him. It was so much fun! May his Spirit and his many life lessons, be remembered and paid forward. We all learned so much from him, he was a great Teacher, to many. God Bless Him and God Bless all of you in your time of sadness.

Peace and Blessings...Eva Martinez, DEC 1976 - 1990

Elizabeth Walvoord

September 14, 2018

I have never ever read an obituary anything like that. It's the best I've ever seen without a doubt. You captured life instead of death. He is privileged to have retained a "voice" through all of you who are story tellers and conduits of his "swim to the boat" philosophy. I will remember that one. He is everywhere now my Dear Friend. Near you in every thought and every time you think you're alone. Talk to him and find him again and again each time you feel he is gone. It's a rediscovery and a connection you need to exercise to heal over a long time. I love you entirely and think of you every night as I fall asleep. I promise I do.

Cathy Conniff - Browning

September 14, 2018

I loved that man. Memories: Him wearing a full length fur coat in winter, yelling "scrub it!" and sitting outside my high school crushes house in the car yelling out the window "Cathy loves you!".....you all were so fortunate to have him in your life.

Cathy

Wallace Francis

September 14, 2018

RIP. Good friend. You will be missed

John Abels

September 14, 2018

He was a good and loyal friend.
The tree can be seen from our house. I have dedicated it to Bill. I call it "The Bill Plante Memorial Tree", or "The Bill Tree".

Twyla Horvath

September 12, 2018

Dear Plante Family,

Bill was the best Boss I ever had, and a good friend. His light shined so brilliantly. You could see that with his family, his heart was full of love and pride. When he was at work, he was invested in having the best environment for his customers and I was so proud to be a part of his team.

Thank you all for also letting me be a part of your lives.
We are so very sorry for your loss.

Our Prayers are with you all,
Twyla and Jerry Horvath