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Howard J. LaPorte

Howard J. LaPorte, 77, of Nasonville, passed away on February 13, 2017, at the Overlook Nursing Home.

He was the loving husband of Frances (Pepler) LaPorte. He was born in New Hampshire, son of the late Louis & Augusta (Gale) LaPorte.

Howard graduated from Burrillville High School, Providence College, with a bachelors degree and the University of Southern ME, with a masters degree. He taught and coached in RI, Block Island, FL, ME and Alaska. A Providence Journal Honor Roll Winner emblematic of the State's top student athlete
selected as a High School Football All-American by Sporting News. A three time winner of the Leonard J Roberts trophy which was awarded to the MVP of the Burrillville Woonsocket football game played on Thanksgiving back in the day. Coming out of high school, Howie was heavily recruited in both football and hockey by major college programs. He opted to play football at UCONN, because he was attracted by its highly regarded academic program in Physical Therapy. In his freshman year at UCONN, he sustained a concussion. The injury led to his withdrawal from school. After sitting out a year, Howard transferred to Providence College. He became a member of the Providence College hockey team, where he was coached by former Burrillville coach/superintendent/principle, Tom Eccleston, Jr. He took a regular turn on the ice, and his PC career culminated with an appearance in college hockey's national championship series, The Frozen Four. After college, Howard became a teacher and coached football at Burrillville. His three season coaching record was a very respectable 17 wins and 8 losses, capped off by a league championship. Perhaps more remarkably, his players earned 34 all-league positions, including two 1st team All Staters. It should be noted that Howard was succeeded as Burrillville football coach by Tom Eccleston lll. In Tom's one and only year as coach, he won the league championship with an 8 0 record. Tom always gave credit for his success to Howard, who, Tom said, had developed the talent which Tom inherited. In 2003 Howie was inducted into the Burrillville Hall of Fame for 1959 RI & NE ice hockey champions and in 2008, was inducted to the Burrillville Athletic Hall of Fame.

Besides his wife he is survived his sons, Howard P. Clark of FL, Todd LaPorte of Westerly, RI and Clark LaPorte of Danielson, CT, a daughter, Mary Rief of Griswold, CT, a sister, Gail Senerchia of W. Warwick, also survived by 7 grandchildren,

He was preceded in death by brother, Joseph LaPointe.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 11:30am in the Keene-Brown Funeral Home, 445 Greenville Rd., North Smithfield. Burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery will be held at a later date. Calling hours are prior to the service from 9:00 until 11:30am.

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Linda Kozlik Richer February 16 2017 My sympathy goes out to you and your family. I am leaving for New Hampshire with my daughter tomorrow to look at real estate.

Gary Deroy February 17 2017 Howard was always a stand up guy

Eleanor and Glenn February 17 2017 Fran, Howard, Todd, Clark and Mary. Glenn and I are heart broken. about Howard's passing! He meant so much to both of us! We will sure miss his visits! Love and prayers to all of you

Donald McCutcheon, CW Class of 1966 February 18 2017 Sorry to hear about the passing of my high school hockey coach. Coach LaPorte was truly a great "teacher" of the game as he literally took myself and teammates off of Meshanticut Lake and taught us "how" to play the game. During the 1966 high school hockey season, under his leadership, Cranston West's first hockey team compiled a 13-8 record good for 3rd place in our division. More importantly, he taught us how to compete and work together to achieve success as a team. I for one have never forgotten those years, he will always be remembered.

francis j darigan jr February 18 2017 I send my sincere sympathy to the Laporte family on the death of Howard. We were classmates at Providence College in the early 60's and I came to know him as a kind and caring person, I have not seen Howard in many, many years but I remember him with great fondness. He will be in my toughts and prayers.

Larry Gingell February 19 2017 Rest In Peace Coach LaPorte! You will be missed but never forgotten!

Love, John and Suzanne February 19 2017 Peppy and family....please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. Howie was a great person in may ways....May he rest in peace.

Richard Arpin February 20 2017 My sincere condolences. Howie was my coach in high school and he had an amazing influence on my entire life.

Charlie and Susan McPhillips February 20 2017 Frances and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. I was a teammate of Howie`s at PC. What I admired most about Howie was that with all his great athletic accomplishments he never put on any airs. He was intelligent, witty and he was interested in other people. We recently reconnected after thirty years which I am grateful for. We'll miss him. God Bless.

Jake Keough & Grant Heffernan February 21 2017 Frances and all the LaPorte Family:
We are so saddened by the loss of Howie! He was a great teammate of ours on the 1964 PC hockey team and he set a wonderful role model for all of us with his tremendous work ethic. Only three years ago we had a great team reunion and we shared such fond memories. RIP Howie and you will always be remembered.

David G. Brown, February 22 2017 Fond memories of watching Howie shine in games against Woon High. Burriville has lost a true champion.


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