Richard (Dick) LaPointe

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Richard "Dick" LaPointe, 87
BRUNSWICK - Richard "Dick" LaPointe joined his Lord on Feb. 5, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born in Livermore Falls on Aug. 15, 1930, to Leo R. LaPointe and Evelyn (Paul) LaPointe.
Dick earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager and was a three-sport standout athlete in high school. He graduated from Livermore Falls High School in 1949. He graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in education in 1953. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at UMO.
Dick proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1953 to 1955.
Dick's first teaching job was in Washburn, from 1955 to 1960. While earning his master's degree during summer school at UMO, he met the love of his life, Beverly Andrews. They were engaged in November 1959, and as he said, she didn't say no. They were married in North Conway on July 2, 1960.
Bev and Dick moved to Old Town when he was hired as the physical education teacher at the Leonard Junior High School. He was an icon at the school for 30 years. He influenced countless students to become better people and do the best they could in life.
He became the athletic director, freshman basketball coach, and assistant football coach at the high school. Dick was instrumental in starting the Little League program in Old Town.
During the summers, he worked for the neighborhood youth corps and Old Town parks and recreation. He loved nothing more than being on a field or court, teaching someone the correct technique.
Dick had a love for the outdoors. He could be found in the woods every fall, ice fishing every winter, brook fishing every spring, and spent countless hours fishing at the family camps on Lake Kezar. Every summer, he and Bev packed up their four kids and went camping. Their journeys took them from Canada to Florida.
In 1991, he and Bev built a house in Brunswick, to be closer to their kids in southern Maine.
After retirement, he and Bev went south to Myrtle Beach for the winter with their dear friends, Don and Marcia Soler, and Norm and Ann Bridge. They had many guests over the years, with whom they enjoyed playing golf and cards.
Dick's crowning achievement in life was being Pappy to his five granddaughters. He spent countless hours attending his girls' games, plays, ceremonies and school activities. All of the girls' friends and teammates who knew Pappy, loved him.
Dick was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Evelyn; a infant brother, Leo LaPointe Jr.; and his in-laws, Raechel LaPointe, Langdon and Dorothy Andrews, Ruth and Ralph Porter, and Albert and Joanne Andrews.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, of Brunswick; brother, Laurence, of Randolph; son, Rick, and his wife, Lori, of Topsham; Kathy Shionis of Mountain View, Calif.; Lynn Wiese and her husband, Dorne, of Newnan, Ga.; and Lisa Peters and her husband, Dave, of Saco. He was also survived by his granddaughters, Lauren Lariviere and her husband, Jason; Hayley LaPointe; Miranda Whitcher and her husband, Josh; Allie Peters, and Samantha Shionis. He was also survived by a very special great-grandson, Graham Lariviere. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Horizons Living Center in Brunswick for their love and care of Dick. They cannot thank the entire staff enough, especially Allie Reynolds, for making his time at Horizons pleasant.
Visiting hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Charles Borromeo Church on McKeen Street in Brunswick. There will be a reception after the funeral. Details will be announced at a later time; all are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations
can be sent to the Activity Fund at
Horizons
29 Maurice Drive
Brunswick, ME 04011

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Brackett Funeral Home
29 Federal St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-5511
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 7, 2018
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