David LaGraffe

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David Carl LaGraffe, 72
SOUTH PORTLAND - David Carl LaGraffe, 72, died June 14, 2017 of a hemorrhagic stroke at Maine Medical Center. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 1945. His parents were Edna and Bernard LaGraffe.
A graduate of Lemoyne College, David also held Masters degrees from Georgetown University (philosophy) and University of New Hampshire (education).
During his more than three decades in education, David taught at several schools including Portland Public Schools, Breakwater School, Lyseth School, King Middle School, and Hall Elementary School. He also performed for Peanut Butter Readers, a touring theatre company for children's literature.
After retiring, he founded the Portland Playback Theatre, the first such theatre in Maine. As artistic director, David guided an ensemble of actors for the past twelve years. He also taught improv acting through his own company Lights Up Improv. Additionally, he led workshops for Healing Moments, a training organization for professionals in gerontology and dementia.
He loved jazz, meditation, walking, poetry, and entertaining his grandchildren. One of his favorite quotes was George Bernard Shaw's "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."
David was predeceased by his parents; his siblings Art LaGraffe and Joan Guinto; and his stepdaughter Jenn Gerow.
He is survived by his wife, Claudia Hughes; children, Carrie (Mike) Breton and Jason (Rebecca) LaWind, stepson Mark (Laura) Gerow, Greta Breton, Benjahmin and Zocia LaWind; grandchildren, Haedyn and Finn Gerow; sister Carol Brigandi, brother Howard LaGraffe; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his first wife, Marcia York.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to
Hobbs Funeral Home
,

South Portland. Condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to:
Southern Poverty Law Center
(www.splcenter.org ) or:
American Civil Liberties Union
(www.aclu.org ) or:
a charity of your own choosing


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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 18, 2017
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