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Ronald Joseph LaPlante Jr.

Southampton, MA — Ronald Joseph LaPlante Jr., age 54, passed away peacefully at home following a long illness on May 8, 2021, with his loving family by his side. He was born on November 22, 1966 in Northampton and resided most of his life in Southampton. Ron was a graduate of Hampshire Regional High School and Porter Chester Technical School, specializing in electronics. Ron was a man who knew how to enjoy life. Early in his career as a lift operator at Mt. Tom Ski Area, he met his future wife and fostered a life-long love of snowboarding. For over twenty years, Ron was a well-respected, loyal employee of Redland Brick in South Windsor, Ct. Redland owes much of its success to Ron's hard work and dedication as the day shift Maintenance Electrician. In his free time, Ron enjoyed fishing, swimming, music, and sports. His knowledge of many things, but especially music of the 60's and 70's, never ceased to amaze. Fondest memories of Ron include watching him swim in the Atlantic at the Cape and Misquamicut and hike Mt Tom.

The loss of Ron leaves an absence in the lives of many. Ron was, above all else, a husband and a father, whose love for his wife Kirstin, daughters Barret and Margot, and son Ian defined him. His time with them meant the most to him, and their special moments together as a family are his legacy. Ron was predeceased in 1987 by his beautiful, infant daughter, Jessica. Ron will also be profoundly missed by his loving parents, Michelle and Ronald LaPlante Sr., and siblings, his sister Jill LaPlante and her husband, Don Hughes, his brother John LaPlante and his wife, Kristen, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was a thread in the fabric of their lives, and a joy. Ron was always an important part of family celebrations throughout the years and leaves behind his adoring aunts, uncles and many cousins. Ron remained close to high school friends with whom he shared many adventures throughout the years. He will be lovingly remembered by all those whose lives he touched, made laugh countless times, and entertained with his unique humor and love of life. Those of us who knew and loved Ron are better because he was in our lives. Ron was a free spirit, a loving spirit, a funny-as-hell spirit, and a source of constant surprise and delight. As a father, husband, son, brother and friend, Ron will be a light in our hearts that is with us forever.

Family and Friends are invited to Ron's Funeral Service on Tuesday May 25 at 10AM at Boucher – O'Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St., Easthampton. Followed by his burial in Southampton Center Cemetery a reception will be held at Wycoff Country Club for family and close friends.

Calling hours will be on Monday May 24 from 4-7PM. Masks and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Ronald J. LaPlante Jr. to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

and the Brighman and Women's Hospital.

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