Robert “Rob” Anthony LaRochelle, age 45, passed away at home with family on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Falcon, Colorado. He was born December 20, 1972 to Thomas Earle and Maria Louise (Raschi) LaRochelle in Springfield, Massachusetts. Robert grew up in Agawam, Massachusetts and graduated from High School there. He spent some time in the United States Army, followed by making a career of plumbing and enjoyed his work.
Rob was easy going, gentle, patient and very kind hearted. He would do anything for his friends and family. He loved his children and helped them out in any way he could. He would golf every weekend if weather permitted, unless he was working on his 1968 Chevy Camaro. He always said he wanted to jam guitar with his friends but often times was busy working or was too tired from working 8 to 10 hour days as a plumber and needed time on the weekend to rest. He spent his down time not only playing golf but also watching the Golf Channel, Velocity and Sunday Football. If he could tell us anything right now it would be GO PATS!! Rob loved fast cars, funny stories and making people laugh. Everyone loved spending time with Rob.
Once when golfing, Rob’s friend hit the golf ball and the ball hit a bird in flight. Rob yelled out, “You got a Birdie!!!!”. The friend got excited until he realized that the “Birdie” was not related to his golfing skills but was his golf ball colliding with a bird who was in the wrong spot at the wrong time. He also had “extensive experience” with the side of one particular house located in the wrong place just off the second hole at Pine Creek Golf Course.
Robert was preceded by his Father Thomas E. LaRochelle, who passed at the age of 30 in 1988; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and cousin Joseph Hetu.
He is survived by his children, Meghan and Christian LaRochelle, Jacquline Talbert; his mother Maria Louise (Raschi) LaRochelle; one brother Thomas Earle LaRochelle; one nephew Tommy LaRochelle, one niece Terra LaRochelle who all live in Texas; his aunt Beverly (Raschi) and uncle Daniel Bishop; cousins Jennifer (Bishop) Katzunos, Daniel Bishop, Anthony Bishop of Massachusetts; aunt and uncle Holly Hetu and Eddie Hetu and cousin Scottie Hetu of Massachusetts; aunt and uncle Sandy LaRochelle and Joseph LaRochelle; cousin Gina (LaRochelle) Wood from Florida; and many other family and friends. Rob will be missed by all who ever knew him.
Public Visitation will take place Friday, September 21, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm & again on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Return to Nature Funeral Home Chapel West location, 11 North 22nd Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904.
A Catholic Service of Memorial will take place at 1:00pm Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Return to Nature Chapel West, 11 North 22nd Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904.
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado www.returntonaturecolorado.com