Orange- Lawrence A. Robichaud, 92, a lifelong resident of Athol, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2023, attended to by his children at home on Packard Heights.
The husband of the late Alice D. (Linehan) Robichaud, Larry leaves a son, Mark Robichaud and wife Jeanette of Sebastian, FL; and he leaves four daughters. Lisa Alford and husband Bruce of Orange, Donna Dowal and life partner Kurt Svetaka of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Janet Marble and husband Richard, and Marta Nover and her husband Henry, all of whom live in Orange.
(Papa) is survived by and will be greatly missed by; 11 grandchildren. Greg and Lennon Robichaud, Justin Alford and Amanda Alford, Matthew Dowal, Jeremiah, Jenny Kate, Eileen and Emily Marble, Thomas and Caitlin Nover.
Larry leaves 10 great-grandchildren; Urmila Robichaud, Coen and Cecelia Alford, Chase and Carter Dowal, Luciana, Grace, Chloe and Noa Marble and Kya Robertson.
Larry was born in Gardner on December 10, 1930, a son and oldest child of the late Ephraim and Madeline (Martin) Robichaud. He is survived by two sisters Dianne Dowd and her husband Morgan of Fredonia, NY, Eileen Wright of Waltham and a brother, Martin Robichaud and wife Barbara of Athol. Lawrence was predeceased by a brother; Gerald Robichaud and he is survived by many nephews and nieces.
Robichaud graduated from Athol High School in 1949 and served in the US Army as a Clerk during the Korean War. On October 12, 1950, he married Alice, the love of his life.
Larry grew up, went to school, married, worked, and golfed in the town he loved: Athol. He owned and operated Robichaud Auto Sales in town and for more than thirty years, he did so in partnership with his son Mark. Over the years, he volunteered in the Auxiliary Police, and he served as Chairman on the Athol Zoning Board of Appeals.
Larry and Alice spent their early retirement years in Melbourne Beach, Florida where they made wonderful friends and spent time at the beach. Larry also golfed and worked as the course ranger at adjacent Spessard Holland Golf Course.
The Robichaud's life journey brought them back to Athol and ultimately, Larry called the beautiful Tully area home. After Alice passed, he spent five years on Packard's Pond with daughter Lisa and son in law Bruce. It was fitting that he could return the pond where he swam as a youngster and where he and his Alice danced as a young couple at the Pavilion. Their wedding reception was close by at the historic Tully Brook Inn.
Lawrence was an avid golfer, athlete, and sports fan. He played varsity football, basketball and baseball for Athol High School and he played quarterback on the U.S. Army Base Football Team during his Korean conflict service. Larry was a lifelong member of the Ellinwood Country Club in Athol where he recorded many of his (count-em), sixteen hole-in-ones.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Fiske- Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Road, Orange, MA 01364.
A private graveside service for Larry will be in the spring at the Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol, MA 01331 followed by a celebration of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Athol Memorial Hospital or Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Church on School Street in Athol, MA.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Douglas M. Stone, Funeral Directors