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February 17, 2013

Methuen IT worker dies in New Hampshire crash

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Lasonde loved to putter around the house with various projects, including rebuilding the family home on Bridgham Street.

“He basically rebuilt the house three times. It was a two bedroom ranch when he bought it. Now it’s a 4-bedroom colonial,” Timothy said.

“My father liked to fix stuff. We were in the process of rebuilding an old motorcycle. He was in the process of helping me with that,” he said.

Lasonde was also an avid golfer, and had promised to one day buy his wife a set of golf clubs and teach her the finer points of the game.

“He was good. He would consistently shoot in the 80s,” Timothy said.

Hitting the beach was another favorite past time for Lasonde.

“He loved going to Rye Beach. I would get as dark as chocolate and he was as white as a marshmallow. He also loved to go to Aruba. When we got back, people would ask ‘Where you people on the same vacation?’ “ Diane said.

She said her husband had planned to retire in another three years and had a lot of big plans.

As passionate as he was about baseball, the Boston Red Sox never were his team. In a house full of diehard Red Sox fans, Lasonde’s allegiance was to the rival New York Yankees. He also took pride in wearing a Yankees cap.

Diane admired his umpiring skills, stressing that his priorities were to be always “be fair and safe.”

“He was good. He knew the rules and he was not combative, just always so professional,” she said.

Diane said she enjoyed going to the ball park on a nice day to watch her husband umpire. She recalled sitting in the stands a few years ago at a game when some parents who weren’t so pleased with the officiating because their team was losing asked which player her son was.

She pointed to Lasonde and told them “I’m the umpire’s wife,” she recalled.

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