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November 18, 2013

Claude LaBranche, 87

Nottingham, NH — Claude G. LaBranche, 87, of Nottingham, N.H., and Deland, Fla., sailed away over calm seas and steady winds on his way to paradise from the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, N.H., surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

A proud veteran of World War II, who served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Pasadena, a light cruiser of the CL Class, was proudly an active member of the VFW in Deland as member, commander and chaplain for many years. Twiggy was always proud to be a veteran and enjoyed the many strangers who would come up to him and thank him for his service to his country.

He was born on October 16, 1926, in Lawrence, Mass., and was the son of Joseph and Laura (Berube) LaBranche. He was employed by the Oxford Paper Co. and later at Compugraphic (AGFA), as well as having his own painting and paperhanging business with the slogan, “Call Twiggs for a Swigg of a Job,” all in order to do what it took to raise seven children, and he still managed to attend our sporting events and have family time.

Our father’s greatest legacy, however, was his family. Proud of them all, he took great joy in hearing from the many people who told him he had a great family and that he was a lucky man. He was extremely respected and admired by his family and his many friends. He had a presence that touched and affected many lives.

He will be best remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.

Twiggy leaves behind his fiancée, Nora Nicklow of Deland whom he loved very much; and his loving children, Alan and Nancy LaBranche, Brett and Wendy LaBranche of Londonderry, N.H., Gary and Sharon LaBranche of Valdosta, Ga., and Derry, N.H., Brian and Nicole LaBranche of Methuen, Mass., Joyce (Pumpkin) and Rick Loszewski of Derry, and Kevin LaBranche of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law, Crystal LaBranche (Sunshine) of Nottingham, who provided wonderful care for our Papa along with her son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Shannon Leonard. Papa also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved and who loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Eleanor (Arbour) LaBranche; and his adored son, Neil Paul LaBranche.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the personnel of the Rockingham VNA Hospice organization and to the wonderful staff at the Hyder Family Hospice house of Dover, N.H.

Rest easy sailor, your fight is over.

ARRANGEMENTS: Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. The McHugh Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family with his care. Condolences may be offered at www.mchughfuneralhome.com.

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