Richard Lawrence LaMontagne was born September 28, 1935. Richard was the son of Edmund and Jane LaMontagne." Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary. He is survived by his eight children, Rick (Jody) LaMontagne of Durham, NH, Kevin (Pat) LaMontagne of Delray Beach, FL, Julie LaMontagne of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Steve (Elaine) LaMontagne of Marietta, GA, Mary Beth (John) Michaels of Rockledge, FL, Kathy (Shelly) LaMontagne of Tallahassee, FL, Dan (Tish) LaMontagne of Snellville, GA, and Jim (Stacey) LaMontagne of Indialantic, FL, 16 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, David (Janet) LaMontagne of Seabrook, NH, and Kris (Lisa) LaMontagne of Painter, VA, and Mark LaMontagne of Exeter, NH, and he was preceded in death by his brothers Frederick and Donald LaMontagne.
Richard was a graduate of Essex Agricultural School in Danvers Massachusetts where he excelled in botany. After graduation he opened up Flowers by Dick, a florist shop on North St. in Salem, MA. There he thrived for many years before moving to Florida. In Florida, Richard ran a number of businesses including an orange grove, three more florist shops, a furniture store and a number of real estate ventures. Beyond his success, the most important thing to Richard, affectionately known as Dick to the many who loved him, was his family. He was a devoted husband to Mary and the dedicated father of eight children. He always encouraged all his children to realize that they could accomplish anything they wanted in life. Dick was someone who led by example whether it was his work ethic, his generosity to others or his deep faith in God. To know Dick was to love him. Dick loved spending time with his family and was always up for a good time. His infectious smile and Dad jokes were always a great addition to any gathering. He loved touring the country with his family in his motorhome and he enjoyed taking cruises with them to the islands. Dick was the kind of person who could talk to anybody and have a good time, always making everybody feel better. He could pick up a conversation with a friend he had not seen in twenty years just as if it were yesterday. He loved Florida but he also cherished his roots in New England. He never missed the opportunity to travel north where he loved the changing leaves, the spring blooms and the smell of the ocean air in Rockport. Later in life, as a true labor of love, Dick sacrificed much to take care of his cherished wife Mary, who had suffered a stroke. Many called him a saint on earth but to him, it was simply love. Dick will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and many other friends and relatives who so deeply loved him. But everybody who ever knew him will also smile when they think of him, just glad to have been loved by such a kind and wonderful man. Dick can now be found in heaven rejoicing with Mary, his parents, his brothers and a multitude of relatives and friends who so sincerely loved him.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4 to 8 pm at Gary Panoch Funeral Home in Boca Raton, FL. " A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:30 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL with burial following at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, North Lauderdale, FL
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487
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