Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA


Henry "Hank" LaFrance

December 28, 1954February 1, 2020

Henry “Hank” LaFrance, 65, of New Bedford, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 1, 2020 following a performance doing what he loved, playing his drums. He was the loving and devoted husband of Claire S. (Lambert) LaFrance with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. They were childhood sweethearts.

Born in New Bedford, son of the late Joseph and Lucille (Coulombe) LaFrance, he was a lifelong resident of the city and a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School.

He had worked for Joseph Abboud Manufacturing for over 20 years, planning to retire soon.

Hank was a lifelong talented musician, specializing in vocals and drums, who played with numerous country western bands. He was a member of the Rhode Island Rednecks country music band and the band Desperado. In earlier years, he was a coach for the Whaling City Little League. Hank was an excellent cook who enjoyed preparing big meals, specifically lasagna and pizzas for his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife Claire are his children, Michael LaFrance and his wife Lauren and Nicole Vieira and her husband Joshua all of New Bedford; his grandchildren, Patrick and Amia LaFrance of New Bedford; his siblings, Yvette Sparks and husband Larry of New Bedford, Fred LaFrance and wife Coral of Rochester, Ronald LaFrance and wife Patti-Anne of New Bedford, Diane Malaguti of Acushnet, Albert LaFrance and wife Anne of Weymouth and Carol Ann McGinnis and husband John of New Bedford; his grand dog, Meeko; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother-in-law of the late Donald Malaguti.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. For online tributes, please visit: www.rock-funeralhome.com


  • Visiting Hours Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Henry "Hank" LaFrance

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Susan Bouley (Letendre)

February 12, 2020

To Claire and family,
I would like to offer my deepest condolences for the loss o your husband and father. We went to high school together and though we haven’t kept in touch over the years I have fond memories of you both. It hit me really hard that he was here one day and gone the next. I just want you to know how sorry I am. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Susan (Letendre) Bouley

Elaine LeBeau

February 9, 2020


What a shock! Our sympathy goes out to you and your family. So many memories in our earlier years. Hang on to your memories. He will be watching over you.

Bob and Elaine LeBeau

George Dandurand

February 8, 2020

Claire, May God bless and comfort you as he blessed us with Hank’s friendship. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to enjoy Hank’s talents first hand and we will take many cherished memories of him with us wherever we go.

George & Gail Dandurand

Romeo Dion

February 7, 2020

Sorry for your loss Clair. I only knew you and Henry from Saint Anthony High but I know he lived life to the fullest may he rest in peace

Wayne Pimental

February 7, 2020

My deepest sympathies goes out to all of Hank's family and friends. I knew Henry "Hank" Lafrance from our grammar school years at St. Joseph School. We use to spend our time together playing in the school yard, after we ate our lunch. We both had a passion for playing the drums. We went our separate ways after St. Josephs, but I will always remember the fun times we had at school. He will be playing his drums with all the other great musicians that has passed.

Bryan Sanford

February 6, 2020

To Clair and Family. We would just like to express our sympathy to you and your family. We will surely miss Hank, who was not only a great musician and singer, but he was a wonderful person. We will never forget him and will forever miss the magic and energy he brought to our Friday night jam sessions and our lives. We shared so many laughs and fun filled times that we will cherish forever. We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences. Bryan and Diane Sanford.

Deborah Zanni-Thatch

February 6, 2020

Claire, so very sorry to hear of Hank's passing. Hank played with my sister, Mickie Lee Marshall and we always had a great time with him. He will be sorely missed. Prayers to you and your family.

Harry Teachman

February 4, 2020

Andrea and I would like to extend our condolences to Claire and her family. Henry will always be with you in your heart.
Rest in Peace, Mister Hank.

Andrea and Harry Teachman

Normand & Pauline Caton

February 4, 2020

Dear Claire & Family,
Our deepest condolences on your sudden loss of Hank. We can't imagine what you are experiencing right now. Our prayers go out to you that you find the strength to get through this ordeal.

Chris Korben

February 4, 2020

So sorry for the loss of this man who was obviously well loved. We are thinking of you all. Chris and Pam