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Obit: Dennis LaChapelle(20 Dec '08) Arlo Bus Drvr

oldhippie 25 Dec 08 - 08:35 PM
open mike 25 Dec 08 - 10:33 PM
katlaughing 25 Dec 08 - 10:37 PM
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Subject: Obit: Dennis LaChapelle
From: oldhippie
Date: 25 Dec 08 - 08:35 PM

Dennis LaChapelle, 58, of Becket, MA passed on unexpectedly on Saturday, December 20, 2008. His connection to folk music? For a couple of decades Dennis drove Arlo Guthrie's tour bus. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 2 pm Monday, Dec 29th at The Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, MA.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Dennis LaChapelle
From: open mike
Date: 25 Dec 08 - 10:33 PM

on the Arlo site there is info about Dennis. Apparently he had been driving snow plow and had been overworked with the latest storms.

news here:

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Subject: RE: Obit: Dennis LaChapelle
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Dec 08 - 10:37 PM

From the link:

Christmas 2008
by adg on Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:00 am
This is one of my favorite times of year. And usually I would be wishing everyone a wondrous moment or two amid the noise, the buying and selling of things, the usual madness. I still hope everyone gets a quiet moment to think about important things... Sometimes you don't have to wish for very long before real life comes crashing into your heart.

Abe called about 4:30 this morning. He was on his way to Dennis and Deb's house in Becket. For anyone not familiar with our family, Abe is my son - Dennis drove our busses for decades, hauling us around the country, and Deb works in our office - running our online store.

For the last few years Dennis has been working for the state, plowing roads in winter etc. The work was good and the last few weeks have kept everyone busy. First there was the ice storm - The effects are still being felt. Then staring yesterday the big snow storm.

For the last week, Dennis was out almost 24 hours a day, coming home only long enough to get something to eat and an hour sleep before getting back in the truck.

Late last night a fellow state worker found Dennis' truck off the road. Apparently, Dennis had a heart attack while clearing the roads. I don't have all the details. But, we lost a very dear friend last night. For those who knew him, or who know me, you understand it is like losing a brother...

As the holidays approach please keep Dennis' family and friends in your prayers. I know how much many of you reading this loved the guy - none more than our family. Dennis was family.

In this sobering moment, glimpse into the heart of what these holidays are all about - love - memories - and the joys we've shared with each other over the decades. These are worth celebrating - a good life is a gift worth more than words can say...


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