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Francis Latourelle

Obituary of Francis E. Latourelle

Francis Edward "Duke" Latourelle Port Kent - Francis Edward "Duke" Latourelle, 78, of Fairway Drive, Port Kent and Clermont, Florida, died Friday, March 5, 2010 at his home in Clermont, Florida. He was born in Keeseville, December 16, 1931, the son of Arthur H. and Grace Lillian (Smith) Latourelle. He attended and graduated from Keeseville Central High School in 1949 where he was an all-star athlete. He enlisted in the US Air Force, serving from January 1950 through September 1953. On July 3, 1954 he was united in marriage to Patricia Evelyn Teichman. Duke, as he was fondly referred to, worked at AuSable Chasm as a boatman and the North Country Club as a bartender in his younger years, later owning and operating the Keeseville Bowling Center along with his wife from 1960 to 1974. Active in sports all of his life, he was the MVP of the Mountain and Valley League in 1949; was MVP in 1964 in the AuSable Forks Annual Fast Pitch Softball Tournament and was inducted into the inaugural group of the AuSable Valley High School Hall of Fame in 2006. He was an avid golfer and bowler. After working for the New York State Corrections System for 36 years he retired as Superintendent of Corrections from Altona. He served as a Trustee of the Village of Keeseville for 18 years; was a charter member of the Elks in Keeseville; Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus; Life Member of AmVets and member of the American Legion in AuSable Forks. He has been a lifelong member of his church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Keeseville and served as an usher from 1980 until 2007 as well as ushering at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Clermont from 1997 to 2007. He and Patricia wintered in Florida since his retirement in 1992. Surviving is his wife of 55 years, Patricia; children Sue Ellen Latourelle King and husband Bruce, Clermont, FL, Mark F. Latourelle and wife Francine, Winter Park, FL, and David A. Latourelle and wife Lorena, Keeseville; grandsons Aaron D. King and wife Abby, Minneola, FL; Corey E. Latourelle, Orlando, FL, and Eric Burris and Jason Burris, both of Winter Park; great-grandson Adam D. King, Minneola, FL; brothers-in-law Howard Thompson, Champlain, NY; John Teichman (Brenda), Plattsburgh, NY; William Teichman (Janet), Spartanburg, SC; Daniel Teichman, California; Michael Teichman, Hudson, FL; Tim Gibbons (Judith), Plattsburgh, NY; sisters-in-law Dawn Latourelle, Lake Placid, NY; Carol Frome (Bob Pepoon), Woodruff, SC; Mary Alice Pyles (Dean), Brooklyn, NY; cousins Gary Latourelle (Sandy), Plattsburgh, NY, and Mrs. William (Janet) Latourelle, Port Orange, Florida; and mothers-in-law Evelyn Hansbury, Plattsburgh, and Hilda Teichman, Hudson, FL; many nieces, nephews, and additional cousins. He is predeceased by his parents; sister Leona Thompson; brother Arthur F. Latourelle; sister-in-law Joan O. McGee and brother-in-law Robert L. McGee. Calling hours will be held Monday, March 8, 2010 from 4 to 6pm at the Becker Funeral Home, Clermont, FL. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 10:30am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Clermont, Florida with Rev. Cromwell Cabrisos, celebrating. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11am at St. John's Church in Keeseville with Monsignor Leeward J. Poissant, parish pastor, celebrating. Committal prayers, full military honors, and burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery in Keeseville. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his name to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778; Fitzpatrick Cancer Center, 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 or Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department, Keeseville, NY. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. 834-7667
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