Lawrence D. Belanger, of Plainville, CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 18, 2022 at 85 years of age surrounded by his family, following a brief illness. The beloved husband of Velma (Martin) Belanger, together they shared 63 years of marriage, love, and laughter.
Known to those dear to him as either Larry or Pete, he was the third born of eight children to the late Gerald and Irene (Michaud) Belanger, and was the first among them to leave this earthly life. Raised in Van Buren and Caribou, Maine, he enlisted in the US Army shortly after high school graduation and proudly served his country. Larry and Velma settled in Plainville and became dedicated members and volunteers in their community. Larry was the well-known and respected owner and operator of Sno-White Bicycles & Power Equipment for 32 years, where customers easily became friends. He was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church, where he coordinated parish retreats at the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, St. Matthew Church, and was a lifetime member and 4th degree Knight with the Gerald T. Corrigan Council Knights of Columbus. A member of the American Legion, The Rotary Club of Plainville, and a past President of the French Businessmen's Association, he loved meeting new people with a firm handshake or tight hug, and always shared a joke or two. He and Velma retired and spent many winters in Winter Haven, FL, most recently residing at Village Gate in Farmington, CT. He loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, dancing, and traveling. Larry was full of life and will forever be remembered with a smile for his kind heart and selflessness, the eternal Peacemaker, and the hard working inventor.
In addition to his wife, Velma, he leaves his son Mark and his wife Lorrie, of Plainville, and his daughter Gail Duffy and her husband Chris, of Farmington; his granddaughters who brought him much joy, Lynsie, Haley, Stephanie, and Alexandra; his sister, Phyllis Belanger, and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Pat), Jim (Sandy), Mike (Kathy), Bill (Chris), John (ChiChi), and Steve (Debbie); along with his many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
Family and friends may gather on Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville. Funeral services will be held on Monday, starting at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave, Forestville, concluding with military honors. He will be laid to rest privately at a later date at the State Veterans Cemetery. For online expressions of sympathy please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com