Alfred J. Laude Sr.

Alfred J. Laude Sr. 1929 - 2018 KENNEBUNK - Alfred J. Laude Sr. of Kennebunk, passed away at the age of 89 on Nov. 30, 2018. He was born in 1929 in Springfield, Mass. Al attended American International College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also earned a Masters in Education from the University of Massachusetts.Al truly exemplified the Greatest Generation. He was a paratrooper for the 11th Airborne, married the love of his life, G. Eleanor Mesick in 1950 and dedicated his career and life's work to public education. He taught at Classical and Agawam High Schools, after finishing his advanced degree he became a vice principal at his alma mater, Westfield High School. In 1971 he became principal of Frontier Regional High School and completed his career as Superintendent of Schools. Al was a tremendous athlete and coach and was recently inducted into the AIC Hall of Fame. He had offers to play football for the Green Bay Packers and baseball for the then Boston Braves but declined those offers to raise his young family. He was a true Renaissance man, his hobbies included a world class garden, chair caning, basket-weaving and making jewelry. After retirement, he built his own home in Northfield, Mass. Al was married to Eleanor for 68 years, they had five children; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He considered his family to be his greatest joy in life. Al was predeceased by his son, Alfred J. Laude Jr. who passed away on Feb. 8, 2018, and his brother, David of Modesto, Calif. He is survived by his wife, G. Eleanor Mesick; his daughter-in-law, Joan Laude of Maine, son, David (Peggy) of Maine, son, Paul (Sandra) of Massachusetts, daughter, Kathleen Kerr (Ken) of Texas, daughter Margo Emerson (Steve) of Maine. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christina Main (Craig), Michael Laude (Melissa Klepacki), Cara Shaw, Nicholas Laude (Nicole), Vincent Laude, Kate Laude, John Laude, Alex Kerr (Katie Hughes), Greg Kerr, David Kerr, Stephen Emerson, Jack Emerson; and great-grandchildren, Grace, Avery and Clare Main, and Lucas and Natalie Shaw. He is also survived by his sister, Laura Brunton and her husband, William of Maine.A Memorial Mass to celebrate Al's life will be held at 12 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Parish at St Martha's Church, 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk, on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Pay your respects to the family at 11 a.m. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Al's Book of Memories page at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alfred J. Laude Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund for Wells High School Athletes 11 Day Hill Road Wells, Maine 04090

Funeral Home

Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 985-2752

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 4, 2018