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Maurice Joseph Laplante

June 28, 1936 — July 31, 2023


Maurice Joseph Laplante

Maurice J. Laplante passed away on Monday, July 31, 2023. He was born in Lowell, MA on June 28, 1936 to Pierre & Yvonne (Beland) Laplante. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 64 years, Jeanne L. (Bedard) Laplante and his daughter Marie J. Saball. He is survived by his four remaining children and their spouses: Suzanne & D. Christopher Blanken of Bluffton, SC, Maurine & Barry Horne of Sebastian, FL, David Laplante & Tom Lally of Provincetown, MA, Christopher & Patricia Laplante of Londonderry, NH, and son-in-law David Saball (husband of Marie). He was the loving grandfather of nine: Kelly Goss & Sean Wolf of FL, Charles & Karla Goss of NH, Michelle & Aaron Dunderdale of FL, Mark Rowe & Greg Barton of CO, Brian Horne of FL, Brett Laplante of NH, Alex Laplante of NH, Joshua Saball & Marie Ritchie of NH, Nicholas Saball & Emily LoBosco of ME; and the great-grandfather to seven: Hunter, Ryder & Brinley Dunderdale, Charlotte Waltz, Layla Wolf, Charles Goss V. and Ramone Saball. He is also survived by his friend, Judy Gillogly.

Maurice was raised in Lowell, MA and met his loving wife during high school. They married in 1957 and started their lives together in NC where Maurice proudly served in the U.S. Navy and then in the U.S. Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge from the Marines, they moved back to Lowell, MA and then eventually moved to Pepperell, MA in 1963, where they raised their five children, and lived for over 60 years. The two also spent winters in Winter Haven, FL for over 10 years.

Maurice worked in construction for many years, learning the trade from his father, and made many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family. He put himself through college, going to school nights and weekends, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Fitchburg State College. After receiving his BA in Education, he began his teaching career at Nashoba Valley Technical High School where he created and was in charge of the house building program for 20 years until his retirement in 1996.

Maurice always loved the outdoors! He loved to hunt, fish, hike and camp in the mountains of NH with his children and then later with his grandchildren! His biggest joy was spending time with his family whenever he could and especially loved being able to spend time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren! He loved telling jokes and was known as a jokester and would always make his family laugh!

Maurice was an especially loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who we all cherished and loved and will be missed beyond words! His loss has left a void in all our lives that can never be filled, but the lessons he taught us and the love he gave to all of us will live on forever!

Until we meet again -


Visiting hours will be held in the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St., (Rte. 113) Pepperell, MA on Monday, August 7th from 4 – 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Parish worshiping at St. Joseph Church, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell, MA on Tuesday, August 8th at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 ( ) or the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 ( )

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Past Services


Monday, August 7, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

McGaffigan Family Funeral Home

37 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

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Funeral Mass

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Our Lady of Grace Parish worshiping at St. Joseph's Church

28 Tarbell Street, Pepperell, MA 01463

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