Richard J. Laboissonniere (Dick, Moe) passed away from natural causes on December 27, 2020, at the age of 82. He was born in Centredale, RI, of French-Canadian ancestry, though resided most of his life in Anaheim CA. He is survived by Diana, his wife of 56 years; sons Michael (Michelle), Steve, Jeff (Lindsay), daughter Adrienne Buckley (Mark); grandchildren Julia, Jessa, Adam and Lauren. Richard was also known as Dick, Papa to his grandchildren, Moe to his friends at Linbrook Bowl, Papa L to the neighborhood kids, Mr. L or Mr. Labo to his children’s friends.
Richard graduated in 1956 from North Providence High School in RI. Upon graduation, he joined the military and served 4 years in the Air Force including one year working in communications at the Pentagon.
After leaving the military, he settled in Anaheim. He worked at various companies, including Autonetics where he met his wife Diana. Richard enjoyed watching UCLA, the Dodgers and the Boston Celtics; playing pool (where he was somewhat of a hustler!) and going fishing. So much so, that he made several trips with family and friends to go salmon fishing in Alaska and all over California.
Richard, Diana and their children liked to go camping. The family started with a 15 foot trailer, graduated to a 21 foot trailer, then eventually to a cabin they had for 30 years at Big Bear Lake.
Besides enjoying sports and fishing, Richard was a talented woodworker. He spent hours in his garage where he loved to build all kinds of benches for kids, picnics, patios, and gardens. He also built trains, trucks and fashioned hundreds of blocks in all shapes and sizes that were gifted to family, children of friends, and to his granddaughter’s pre-school. In appreciation, the pre-school presented him with a certificate - “ To Papa - Very Important Grandparent Award.”
Richard had a very successful career as a Computer Systems Consultant working with Management Science America (MSA), Dun & Bradstreet, and Pinnacle Consulting. After retiring from Pinnacle, he joined a colleague at Doubleday Consulting for several more years.
Richard supported several charities and donated regularly to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, St. Labre Indian Children’s School and various animal rescue organizations. In lieu of flowers, and if you wish to, please consider a donation in his memory to a charity of your choice.
Richard dearly loved Diana, his children, grandchildren and his extended family.
You are invited to celebrate a life well lived at a graveside service at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 1:00 PM. Covid protocol will be observed.
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Wounded Warrior Project
PO Box 75851, Topeka KS 66675-8517
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105