Ronald John LaBranche

January 12, 1939October 23, 2020

East Lyme-Ronald John LaBranche, age 81, of East Lyme, passed away at Westerly Hospital on October 23, 2020. He was born in Jersey City, NJ on January 12, 1939 to the late Joseph and Melina (Beauchene) LaBranche. Ronald was married to his loving wife Margaret (Marsh) LaBranche for forty-nine years before her passing in 2018. He is survived by a daughter Charlotte LaBranche of East Lyme, a daughter Colleen Smith and her husband William of North Stonington and grandchildren Henry, Ethan and Lucy. He also leaves behind brothers Edward and Norman LaBranche and sisters Joan Paulison and her husband Donald, Noreen Kjos and her husband Arlin and several nieces and nephews.

He attended Westminster School and Dr. Helen Baldwin School in Canterbury, CT followed by Griswold High School, Putnam Technical School, and Hartford State Technical Institute for a trade in Electronics. He obtained both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1969 and 1975, respectively.

In 1962, Ronald enlisted in the Army as a Private E-1 in Ft. Bliss, Texas. Following his discharge in 1964, he attended the University of Connecticut where he met his wife, Margaret. He worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in New London, CT and later at Dodge Pond in Niantic, CT, retiring after 27 years of service as an Electronics Engineer in the Test & Evaluation Department. He later worked as an office assistant to his wife, a CT State Marshal for New London County.

Ronald’s brothers and sisters affectionately remember his curly red hair, freckles, blue eyes, and his favorite car, a 1965 midnight blue Mustang convertible. He had a fondness for gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Ronald loved his family and always had a smile on his face. Thanksgiving and birthdays won’t be the same without his famous dishes. He will be missed.

A Graveside Service will be held on Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Ledyard Cemetery, 1934 Center Groton Road, Ledyard, CT.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 2, 2020


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Karen Coburn

October 29, 2020

Oh Colleen and Charlotte! I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Although I know he will be missed here on Earth, I bet your mom was so happy to be reunited with your dad in heaven. Sending prayers of strength to you and your family.
Sincerely, Karen (Bell) Coburn

Bob Ambrico

October 29, 2020

So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. For many years we carpooled from East Lyme to work at the Sound Lab in New London. I enjoyed our time before and after work and occasional family social gatherings with all the car pool members and spouses. Ron was always friendly and interesting during our rides. We visited during the Sound Lab reunions. My condolences to his family, I will always remember him fondly.

Jand and John Templeton

October 29, 2020

We enjoyed visiting with Ron and Colleen during the Sound Lab lunches at the Lyme Tavern and Landrees.

Donna Slonski

October 26, 2020

What I remember most are the holidays with Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Peggy. Dessert at my parents house following Thanksgiving dinner. It was always fun seeing Colleen and Charlie and hearing Aunt Peggy laugh. Uncle Ronnie a man of few words at times, would always light up talking about something he was passionate his car. It was very sad when Aunt Peggy passed two years ago, and now Uncle Ronnie. Your family will miss you very much but knowing that you are with Aunt Peggy somehow brings me comfort. Your niece Donna

Joan Paulison

October 25, 2020

This is one of the hardest thing I have had to do is to say goodbye to my brother. Growing up has good memories of the times we as kids would go to Tiverton always on the 4th of July with Mom and Dad. We had lots of good times. As we got much older I will always remember the holiday gathering either at Noreen’s house or mine and all the summer gathering and our Las Vegas trips. The last few years when we were in CT and gathering for breakfast at the casino and you always showing us your winning on your tickets. Ronnie you were always my older brother and I will miss you. Rest In Peace.
Your sister Joan💕💕