Windham, NH — Arthur LaChance, 93, of Windham, N.H., passed away peacefully at his home on July 2, 2014. Arthur was born on May 31, 1921, in Manchester, N.H., to the late Orville and Henedine LaChance. He enjoyed skiing in the mountains until he reached his 80s, playing 45s, boating, square dancing, and activities with his family. Arthur especially found joy spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As a 1939 graduate of Lawrence High School, Arthur attended Lowell Tech. He was a member of Council #4027 Knights of Columbus, a member of the Salem, N.H., and Methuen Chamber of Columbus, a member of the Methuen Board of Trade and Holy Family Hospital, Men’s Guild. Arthur was a communicant and a very active parishioner at St. Theresa’s Church of Methuen, as well as St. Matthew’s Church in Windham. He successfully founded, owned and operated A&R Construction Co. of Methuen and RAJ Realty of Salem, N.H. The two businesses eventually combined into LaChance Associates, which operates today out of Salem.
Arthur was an extremely proud WWII United States Navy veteran. He volunteered his services to his country and was a member of the Sea Bee Division during the Normandy Invasion.
Arthur was the beloved husband of the late Pearl (Forcier) LaChance for 58 years. He was the devoted father of Brenda Murphy and her husband William of Saratoga, Calif., Richard LaChance and his wife, Sandr,a of Salem, and the late Carol Silva, wife of Barry Silva of Litchfield, N.H. He was the dear brother of the late Jeanette Burns, the late Ida Lesperance, and the late Theresa German. He was the cherished grandfather of Scott Silva, Glenn Silva, Cheryl Durzy, Erin Silva, Jarred LaChance, and Kristin Murphy. Arthur is also survived by nine great-grandchildren; and his companion of over 10 years, Marion LeBlanc.
Arthur, also known as Pepere, built several homes over the years. His “camp” in Salem has been an annual gathering spot for his entire family for over 60 years. It is and will remain a special place for the family to join together and remember their father/grandfather/great-grandfather for generations to come. His sense of humor and zest for life will be missed by all who knew him.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and guests are invited to call on Wednesday, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place, at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 10, at St. Matthews Parish, 2 Searles Rd., Windham. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Arthur’s memory may be made to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warrior Center, Building #49, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055. For directions and his guest book, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to serve the LaChance Family.