Lawrence "Larry" DuChene
July 21, 1935 – March 6, 2020
Lawrence (Larry) Andrew DuChene died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children at home on Friday evening, March 6, 2020 after struggling with Alzheimers for several years. Larry was a dedicated and loving husband to Grace for over 62 years and a proud and loving father to his children. He was a great provider and handy in all matters with the house and vehicles and was always looking for a project, especially after retirement. Born on July 21, 1935 in Montreal, Quebec, he was the son of the late Macfield DuChene and Anna DuChene (nee Lachapelle). He started with Bell Canada at 18 years of age, and at age 21 he married Grace and started a family. In 1967, the family moved to Virginia Beach and he began work for C & P Telephone. A few years later, the family moved to Loudoun County and Larry was a supervisor for AT & T. Larry retired from the phone company at 53 years of age, and started his own communication and wiring company in Richmond, Virginia. He fully retired and moved to Martinsburg in 2011. He will be greatly missed and may he rest in peace. Larry is survived by his wife, Grace DuChene (nee MacDonald); his children: Daniel DuChene of Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Lori England of Leesburg, Virginia, Marilyn DuChene of Markham, Ontario, Gina Degner of Hamilton, Ontario, and David DuChene of Martinsburg; grandchildren: Bethany, Ingrid, Megan, Nina, and Erin; and great-grandchildren: Mayven, Mabelle, Briar, Violet, June, Wren and Rosemary. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11am at Rosedale Funeral Home.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Lawrence "Larry" DuChene
March 12, 2020
Gina and Ingrid:
My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. Please accept my condolences.
March 11, 2020
Grace, I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I will always remember how he used to wave his hands around whenever we sang songs and exercised while he attended the Caregiver's Support unit at the Berkeley County Senior Services. I also will remember his bright smile. I am sure that Lizzie misses him. May you and your family find comfort and peace in knowing that Larry is with our Lord and Savior.
March 9, 2020
Our sincere condolences to all of the family. Remembering driving with Larry in the Blue Ridge Mountains when we were visiting. Larry was providing me a running commentary of the sites along the highway as we sipped drinks right up to where a plane had crashed and taken out a bunch of trees. Great guy and also a Bell Pioneer just like me. I edged him out in our retirement race at 49 to his 53. Of course neither of us retired. We went right on to our next career. RIP Larry.