Beverly, MA — Wilfred F. LaBelle, 87, beloved husband of Mary T. (Cronan) LaBelle, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers surrounded by family.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Henry and Myrtle (Wendell) LaBelle. He received his education in the Salem school system and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1944.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy.
Mr. LaBelle had been employed for 38 years at the General Electric Company. At the time of his retirement from G.E., he was a manager of the Turbine Division at the Riverworks Plant in Lynn.
He was a member of the V.F.W. and the Y.M.C.A., in Beverly. An avid sportsman, he had been a coach for the Babe Ruth Little League in Beverly and was an avid Red Sox fan. He also enjoyed traveling but most of all spending time with his grandchildren and family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, with whom he shared 60 of marriage, he is survived by two daughters, Maryanne Hilliard and her husband, David Apopka, Fla., and Joan Liporto and her husband, Timothy, of Beverly; two sons, Gerard LaBelle and his wife Mary, “Jelly”, of Georgetown, and John LaBelle and his wife, Lori, of Gloucester,13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Ruth Hall, Mae Lapointe, Jeannette Lund and Henry LaBelle.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St., Beverly, Wednesday at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly, Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA, 01923. Information, directions and condolences can be seen at www.campbellfuneral.com.