A Champlain Valley Union High School graduate who went on to long careers with both St. Michael’s College and FedEx has died while paddle-boarding in Florida.
Lawrence “Larry” LaClair, 64, of Middleburg, Fla. passed away June 18.
LaClair was an accomplished mechanic and achieved certification as an ASE Master Mechanic for over 25 years. He worked in the physical plant division at St. Michael’s College for more than 20 years, followed by more than 10 years with FedEx in both Vermont and Florida.
He enjoyed the outdoors, in particular boating and fishing. LaClair was paddle-boarding at Huguenot Park in Jacksonville, Fla., when the accident happened.
LaClair was born in Burlington on September 7, 1952, to Norris and Arlene (Wooster) LaClair. He grew up in Shelburne and Charlotte and graduated in 1970 from CVU. LaClair also trained as an auto technician at Burlington Technical Center. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975 in Germany.
He was married for 38 years to Linda (Jennings) LaClair until her passing July 26, 2015. He was also predeceased by his parents and his sister, Kathy (LaClair) Whittemore.
LaClair is survived by his daughter, Kathrine, her husband Nicholas Schwab, and their son Luke; his son, Michael and girlfriend Aimee Rheaume; his brothers Norris Jr. and wife Kathleen; Steven and wife Nilda; Charles; Glenn and wife Cindy; his sister Lisa (LaClair) and husband Michael Henry; his dear friend Jill Kiefer and his loyal yellow lab, Sadie.
Memorial contributions may be made in LaClair’s memory to the Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 50008, Studio City, CA 91614-5001.