LACONIA — Friends of Devin Denoncourt, former Laconia High School football captain who passed away in March in Washington, D.C., just a few days after the birth of his son, Dylan, are planning a motorcycle run on June 7 to raise funds for his son.
Denoncourt, who was 35, was an offensive and defensive lineman during the Sachems back-to-back state championship seasons in 1995 and 1996 and played in the Shrine Bowl in 1997. He died of an unspecified heart condition.
Patrick O'Reilly, one of his friends who is helping organize the ride, said that it will be called ''2014 Ruckus Ride for Dev'' and that details are available on a Facebook page by that same name which is hosted by Benjamin Emery and Josh Corringham, who are organizing the event.
He said that Denoncourt had for the last five or six years organized a local motorcycle ride that was a reunion-like event for his friends and last year even flew up from Washington DC and rented a bike to take part in it.
More than 40 people had already signed up for the event, which was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but postponed to June 7 due to the forecast of rain.
''He was the type of person who was always a leader and just made everyone feel welcome,'' said O'Reilly, who said that Denoncourt had always been there for his friends and that they feel motivated to do the same for his family.
He had worked for Marriott International starting as a front desk manager while in college and working his way to his most recent position as general manager at the Courtyard Marriott at Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C.
Denoncourt is survived by his fiancé, Sheila Rhilinger, originally from North Attleboro, Mass.; and their son, Dylan Michael, both of Rockville, Md.; his bulldog Moxie; his parents, Dennis and Susan Denoncourt; his brother, Jason Denoncourt of Lexington, Mass. and wife, Rena, their children Mike, Luke, and Amelia; his sister, Nicole Sloane of Bedford, and her husband, Geoffrey and daughter, Susan; his grandmother Cleo Spain of Concord; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The cost of the ride is $35/rider, $20/passenger, or $20/person for those who show up for the barbecue only. This includes food and a T-shirt, and there will be 50/50 raffles as another means to raise money.
The ride includes registration at 9 a.m. at a place to be determined. It will pass by Laconia High School and depart Laconia at 10 a.m., head to Alton and go around the backside of Lake Winnipesaukee, up to North Conway for a lunch (cost not included), head across the Kancamagus, then back to Belmont for a 4 p.m. barbecue at 77 Hoadley Road.
O'Reilly said memorial donations for those who can't attend can may be made to the Dylan Michael Denoncourt Trust Fund c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant St., Laconia, NH 03246.