Gordon “Gordie” Francis LaChance, 70, of Newport passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Newport Hospital. Gordon was born to the late Leo and Florence LaChance. He grew up on Brewer Street in Newport and attended St. Mary’s School and was a graduate of Rogers High School in 1968.
Upon graduation, Gordon was drafted and served in Vietnam as a Combat Engineer, the 552nd Engineer Company. When he returned home from the war, Gordon married his beloved wife Nancy Kelly in Newport in 1977. Gordon pursued a 45 year career as a plumber. As a native Newporter, Gordon was well known and loved by many, not only for his great work, but also as a great friend.
In high school, Gordon was member of the Rogers High School Tennis Team, where he polished his skills. Gordon became a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, playing his best match against actor Robert Redford.
Gordon was also a huge “History Buff” and could be found watching the travel and history channel in his down time. Gordon and Nancy loved their road trips to New Hampshire and spending time with their grandchildren and many friends. As a very proud Frenchman, Gordon was known by his friends as “Frenchie”.
In 2013, Gordon suffered the unimaginable loss of his son Neal. It is with heavy hearts that we now say they are finally rejoined. Gordon was surpassed in death not only by his son, but both of his parents.
He leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Nancy, his daughter Jacquelyn Andrea LaChance and his grandchildren, Breyanna, Brandon and Adrena. Gordon is also survived by his brothers, Leo and Robert and his wife Carol, as well as many nieces and nephews.
We will always remember the loving memories of our proud Frenchman, may you rest in peace “Frenchie”.
Calling hours will be held, Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI. His funeral service will follow at noon in the funeral home. Burial will take place at Island Cemetery, Newport.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 State Street #200, Providence, RI 02908 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Memphis, TN 38105