SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James “Jim” Raymond Laplante of Springfield, Vt., one year ago this month. He passed Aug. 10, 2017 while living in Port Richey, Fla.
James was born in Springfield, Vt., to Virginia Wescott Laplante and Raymond Laplante March 27, 1951. He graduated from Springfield High School and Community College of the Air Force with an associate’s degree. James retired as a Master Sergeant from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force. For a short time, he owned and managed a small computer store in the Springfield Plaza. He enjoyed listening to music, singing, fishing, and riding his Harley.
He is preceded by his father Raymond Laplante and second wife Darlene Melanson Laplante. Survived by mother Virginia Laplante Champney, wife Yvonne “Bonnie” Wedge Laplante, sister Jean Reynolds Greer, brother John Laplante, sons James and Jason, stepson Taylor Melanson, grandson Austin, and numerous other relatives.
Graveside service will be Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery. In lieu in flowers, please make donations to the Springfield VFW. A private family potluck gathering to follow.