Richard N. LaBrie, 63, of Winchendon died at his home on Monday, September 27, 2021, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Vicenza, Italy on January 3, 1958, the son of the late Francis R. and Saveria (Vesciglia) LaBrie of Ayer.
At the age of 3 months, Rick sailed to the United States when his father, then serving in the United States Army, was reassigned to Fort Devens, Massachusetts. He grew up in Ayer and graduated from Ayer High School in 1976. A deep interest in electronics led Rick to earn an AS in Electronics Technology from Mount Wachusett Community College. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves, graduated from the MOS 33S School of Electronics at Fort Devens, and served his country for 15 years as a reservist. He lived in Leominster for many years before moving to Winchendon with his family in 1995.
During his professional career he worked at Whistler Corp., MA / Com, Neico Microwave, St. Gobain Norton Company and Markem-Imaje in Keene, NH, where he was employed when he retired.
Rick’s lifelong passions were hunting and fishing, electronics and ham radio. He proudly held an Extra license, the highest level of amateur radio license possible. He was a longtime member of the Winchendon Rod & Gun Club. He also enjoyed cooking, woodworking and playing cribbage with his family. He especially liked cribbage battles with his brother-in-law.
He is survived by his wife Audrey (Hyde) LaBrie of Winchendon, two daughters, Jennifer Anderson and her husband Kevin of Winchendon, and Caroline LaBrie and her boyfriend Brandon McKowen of Ayer, a sister Carol LaBrie of Coeur D’alene, Idaho, a brother Roland Fortin and his wife Louise of Lewiston, Maine, two granddaughters Grace and Breelynn, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.
Call hours will be at Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343, rue Central, Winchendon on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service Thursday at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations on her behalf can be made to Care Central VNA & Hospice, Inc., 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440
Published by Nashoba Publishing from September 28 to October 1, 2021.