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William Edward LaFrance

July 13, 1944 ~ April 5, 2022 (age 77)

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William Edward LaFrance, age 77, of North Branford passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday April 5, 2022.  He was born in West Haven, CT on July 13, 1944 to the late William and Doris LaFrance.

He was a loving husband to Barbara Ann LaFrance for 54 years.  He served in the United States Navy on the USS Charles S. Sperry out of Newport RI.  After suffering an injury during his service he excelled as a salesman for NCR and Data Systems before opening his own company, Coastal Business Products, Inc.

Bill found joy spending quality time with friends and family.  He took many family trips to Disney, valued catching up with friends at the Elks lodge and enjoyed visits to the casino.  He was a 3rd Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus and Honorary member of the Branford Elks.

Aside of his wife Barbara LaFrance, he is also survived by his loving children, Melissa Zulawski and her husband John, Kelly Brenner, Deborah Toto and her husband Kevin and Bryan LaFrance; his sister Gloria Szczygiel of North Branford, CT and brother Ken LaFrance of Cheshire, CT; grandchildren, Daniel, Alex, Christopher, Sarah, Alden, Olivia, Sophia, Katheryn, Lia and Evan; great granddaughter Zoey; and many loving nieces and nephews.

His family and friends will always remember him for his strength, bravery, humor and unending devotion to his family. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Keenan Funeral Home 330 Notch Hill Rd, North Branford CT.

Mass will be held at St. Augustine Church Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 11 a.m. on 30 Caputo Rd, North Branford, CT 06471. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to Veterans Hospital in West Haven and Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

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April 11, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Keenan Funeral Home
330 Notch Hill Road
North Branford, CT 06471

Funeral Mass
April 12, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Augustine Church
30 Caputo Road
North Branford, CT 06471

Mass of Christian Burial
April 12, 2022

12:30 PM
All Saints Cemetery
700 Middletown Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473


VA Connecticut Healthcare System
950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT AL 06516
Tel: 1-203-932-5711

Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Rd, Branford CT 06405

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