Thompson-Omer LaRose of Quaddick Road in Thompson passed to his eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday April 12, 2006 after a short illness surrounded by his loving wife and family. Mr. LaRose had been a resident of Heaven Healthcare of Greenville, RI since April 7, 2006. He was a lifelong town resident.
Mr. LaRose was the devoted husband to Dorothy(Morin) LaRose whom he married February 17, 1947. They had recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Omer was Dorothy’s best friend and constant companion for over 60 years. Omer was the son of the late Samuel and Malvina (Boucher) LaRose.
Mr. LaRose attended St Joseph’s School. He joined the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps of which he was a proud member and attended meetings of the association until his death. He was WW II Army Veteran serving in French Guinea and Germany. Upon Omer’s discharge from the Army, he went to work for the American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA where he worked for over 40 years, earning several awards during his long tenure in their employ.
Among his many hobbies, Mr. LaRose loved to tend to his vegetable garden each spring and summer, often giving his prized possessions to his family, neighbors and friends. Fishing was a passion with Omer where he was often spotted with his brother-in-law Ulde ( Jimmy ), fishing the area ponds and streams. Omer was a charter member of the Putnam Fish and Game Club where he remained active until his recent illness. Mr. LaRose was an active member of St. Joseph Parish. Omer spent many hours in his woodworking shop making repairs and assisting others who needed his expert woodworking skills. Omer was also an avid bingo player where he and his wife Dorothy spent many enjoyable hours together. Mr. LaRose was also a member of the American Legion post #67 of Grosvenordale and of the Community Fire House in North Grosvenordale where he remained a member of the general committee.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his sisters Mathilda Duschene of North Grosvenordale, and sister Yvonne Dion and her husband Ed of Beverly Hills, FL along with many nieces and nephews. He was godfather to Theresa ( Sponcey ) Desmarais who had been his recent caretaker.
A funeral with military honors will be held Tuesday at 10 am in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., North Grosvenordale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in St. Joseph’s Church, North Grosvenordale followed by burial in the parish cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday from 5-8 pm. In lieu off flowers, donations may be made to the Community Fire Company, PO Box 874, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255