Eli William “Bill” LaForce, 97, a longtime Saxonville resident died Sunday, September 23, 2018. Born and raised in Ashland, Bill was the son of the late Eli J. & Alice (Couture) LaForce, and the beloved husband for almost 72 years of Pauline M. (Rousseau) LaForce.
A 1939 graduate of Ashland High, Bill proudly enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served honorably during WWII. Upon his return, he married his wife Pauline, settled in Saxonville, and worked at Dennison as a mechanical engineer for many years.
Bill loved music. He was a member of Al Palanzi’s Band, playing the accordion and singing in venues all around Framingham, The Monticello, Beacon Terrace, and the Union House to name a few. He built his own “little brown house” where he and Pauline raised their family. Bill was always tinkering with some project, and was an avid gardener. He most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family wants to thank the staff at the Heritage at Framingham and the Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland for their excellent care.
Besides his wife Pauline, Bill is survived by his daughters, Donna MacConnell & her husband George of Marietta, GA, and Judy Keefe & her husband Richard of Dunbarton, NH. He was the best Papa to, Brian MacConnell, Kevin MacConnell & his wife Kelly, Amy Mitravich & her husband Robert, Richard Keefe & his wife Kaitlin, and Rachel Taylor & her husband Jamie, the best Great Papa to, Ava, Sophia, Evan, Callie, Drew, and Emma Kate, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his siblings, Florence, Lawrence, Irene, Ernest, Louis, Edwin, and Pauline.
Family and friends will honor and remember Bill’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham, on Friday, September 28th from 5-7 P.M. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday morning, September 29 in St. George Church, 74 School St., Saxonville, at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Bill’s name to the charity of your choice.