OBITUARY

Dennis Michael Lavallee

November 12, 1970December 27, 2018

Dennis Michael Lavallee, 48, of Lincoln, passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2018.

Born in Providence, he was a son of Elizabeth (Reis) Lavallee and the late Hervey “Hank” Lavallee Jr.; husband of Claudia (Arraial) Lavallee; devoted father of Taylor Paiva, Hank Michael Lavallee and Reese Marie Lavallee; brother of Hervey E. Lavallee III,Tammy M. Beaudreault and husband James, and the late Denise Ann Lavallee.

Dennis had been a business agent for the Teamsters Local 251.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, January 2nd at 11a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 21 Traverse Street, Providence, with burial to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at www.rmhprovidence.org.

Dennis spent his childhood in a North Providence home full of laughter, love and noise. He was the fourth child of Hervey "Hank", a Roadway truck driver, and Betty, a teacher’s aide and loving homemaker. A good student, Dennis excelled in all sports including basketball, baseball and especially football where he played both sides of the ball throughout an exceptional high school career. His father and a dear neighbor, Pauly, coached him through several winning pop-warner seasons.

Dennis was a fiercely loyal and quick witted friend who loved to tease and make people laugh. There was always a steady stream of Dennis’ pals coming and going from the Lavallee residence.

A master of all trivia, especially sports, there was no player or stat that Dennis didn’t know; he even won an elaborate tool set on a sports radio trivia contest. He could bang out answers to Jeopardy like he had been given cheat notes.

Dennis’ life was changed forever after meeting Claudia and her little daughter Taylor, two perfect additions to the Lavallee family. Soon married, they first lived in North Providence, eventually settling down for good in a beautiful Lincoln colonial.

Shortly after marriage, their son Hank arrived, named for Dennis’ father and best friend. Three years later, little Reese followed, taking her paternal grandmother’s maiden name. Dennis and Claudia were truly blessed with three exceptionally bright and charming children.

Dennis was determined to provide a good life for his family. Working full time for the Teamsters, he somehow also found time to co-own and manage a tanning salon with his best man, Dave. Dennis never rested with endless home improvement projects; landscaping the backyard, finishing the basement, and adding a monster jungle gym. No effort was too great for his beloved wife and children. Their safety and happiness were paramount. He spent obsessive hours recently installing a car seat so tightly it felt welded in place.

Dennis was a proud second generation member of Teamsters Local 251. For 25 years, he worked as a driver at McLaughlin & Moran where his peers elected him union steward.

In 2015, Local 251 hired Dennis to run its Driving School. As the lead instructor, Dennis trained dozens of truck drivers helping them expand their skills and career horizons. He was elected Local 251 Trustee in 2016. He passionately served the membership as Assistant Business Agent for the Local 251 for the last two years.

Although Dennis was wildly successful in all things he did, one thing he never won any awards for was his ability to get anyone he represented out of a jam. He was passionate, smart and fought until the end. He was always one step ahead of everyone else. Dennis had an innate ability to make people understand his point of view. If you were ever in a situation and needed help, there was no one better to represent you then Dennis Lavallee.

Dennis also worked diligently as a Local 251 Charity Fund Trustee, helping on events that benefited children of Teamsters and those in need in the community. In 2017 Dennis (along with two co-workers) volunteered five days of his personal time to drive a Teamster semi filled with donations to Huston’s victims of Hurricane Harvey. Dennis twice ran for Rhode Island State Senate falling less than 200 votes short in his second attempt. As evidence of his grit and determination, he was mulling a third run.

Throughout his career, Dennis fulfilled his dream of helping Teamsters, fellow workers and his community. Local 251 staff and members will miss his strong work ethic, vibrant personality and sharp wit.

Dennis loved and cared for his family and friends as his parents and siblings and friends have always loved him: Absolutely, with all his being and all his might and all of his enormous heart. There are simply no words to express how much he will be missed.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, January 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Dennis Michael Lavallee

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Richard Nuttall

January 2, 2019

You will be missed greatly Dennis! Prayers to family and friends Godspeed

Kelly Tikiryan

January 2, 2019

Gonna miss you pal... rest in paradise Brother 🙏🏼

J Michael Downey

January 2, 2019

Dennis you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace my brother,thanks for all you have done for workers.


Lisa Perron

January 1, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Dennis as a Teamster. He was my union rep in the Pawtucket First Student yard. Always had an incredible smile and quick wit and didn't miss a beat! Always took care of his fellow brother's and sister's! Dennis YOU WILL be MISSED but NOT FORGOTTEN! RIP my brother! Prayer's to your family, friends and Local 251!🙏🙏🙏

Shop steward Pawt FS
Lisa Perron

JOSEPH COTE

January 1, 2019

DENNIS WAS A LONG TIME GREAT FRIEND, WE WORKED TOGETHER AT BUDWEISER . HE WAS TAKEN AWAY TO SOON , MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY. I KNOW I SHARE THIS LOSS WITH SO MANY OTHERS AS HE AS SO LOVED AND RESPECTED. GOD BLESS HIS ENTIRE FAMILY .

A FRIEND ,JOE COTE

Christopher and Egidia Day

December 31, 2018

Rest in Peace Dennis, our hearts are broken to hear this sad news. To Claudia and your children and also to Dennis's family and friends, we express our sincerest condolences and please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Played many rounds of golf with Dennis and always enjoyed his company and quick wit. He will be missed!

Michael and Jessica Trudeau

December 31, 2018

Dennis will always hold a special place in our hearts - he introduced us back in 2005 when he and Mike were business partners. Even though I protested, Dennis insisted Mike and I should go out on a date. Somehow he knew we would be right for each other. Dennis and Mike's relationship wasn't always sunshine and roses over the years, but I know Dennis would have given him the shirt off his back if needed. Dennis' infectious laugh, quick wit, and intelligence were admirable qualities that will be terribly missed. The loss of such a great man is one that will be felt forever. He was truly a special person whose legacy will endure through his wife and children. Sending all our love, condolences, and prayers to his family and friends.

Debra Bedrosian

December 31, 2018

On behalf of the Cooley Group, our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dennis. He was very professional, kind and at times had a fun, quirky story to share with all. May God bless his soul.

Jimmy Burchfield

December 31, 2018

What a wonderful person, a true gentleman. He will surely be missed. We give the family our full support, sympathy and love.
Jimmy Burchfield,
Classic Entertainment and Sports

joanne labree

December 31, 2018

DENNIS R.I.P. didn't know you long but liked what i knew u will be missed . may heart goes out too your wife god be with her .