Fernand L. "Fern" LaRochelle

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Fernand L. (Fern) LaRochelle, 87
WESTBROOK - Fernand L. (Fern) LaRochelle reached the end of life's journey on Feb. 3, 2017. He was born in Bromptonville, Quebec, Cana-da, to Gerald and Yvonne (Fournier) LaRochelle, on April 12, 1929.
His parents immigrated to Maine, which remained his home state, when Fern was six months old. He was raised in Bath and graduated from Morse High School in 1948. He was then employed at Bath Iron Works for four years as a draftsman.
Fern then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952. After serving four years, he went on to receive his mechanical engineering degree at Indiana Tech and later continued to pursue a master's degree in business administration.
When his children were in elementary school, he was president of the PTA, as well as a Pack Leader in the Cub Scouts.
Fern was a foreman at The Portland Company and gradually advanced to president. Later, he continued his business interests as owner of Portco, Rigby Machinery, and Allstate Home Improvement. Bored of retirement, he purchased Casco Bay Frames and then ran a small company out of his home. He held two patents for an oyster opener and the Maine Roll On.
Fern enjoyed his camp, gardening, sailing, cooking, family gatherings, and bed-and-breakfast excursions with his wife, Nancy.
Fern is survived by his wife of 22 years, Nancy (Phillips); his four children, Jeffrey and his wife Jennifer, Donna (LaRochelle) Mancini and her husband Tony, Gregory, and Daniel and his wife Melissa; and stepson, Eric Phillips and his wife Angelina. He also is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; as well as his father-in-law, Glendon Dexter.
He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Theo Dexter.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church St. in Westbrook. At the conclusion of visitation hours, Fern's family invites people to share a memory of him. A private burial will be attended by children and grandchildren only. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.blaisandhayfuneralhome.com.

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Funeral Home
Dolby, Blais & Segee - Westbrook Chapel
35 Church Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
(207) 854-2341
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 5, 2017
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