Published DateGILFORD: Leo A. "Pete" LaBonte, 87, of 167 Hoyt Rd., Gilford, died early Saturday morning, January 12, 2013, at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia.
He was born March 11, 1925, in Laconia, the son of the late Arthur and Dianne (Mitchel) LaBonte. He was a long time resident of Gilford.
Prior to his retirement, he was the owner of Mountain View Farm in Gilford. It was one of the many local family operated dairies that home delivered milk products to local families throughout the Lakes Region up to the late 1960's. He also worked for 10 years for the Town of Gilford with the Highway Department.
He was a member of the Belknap Snowmobile Club, The Married Farmers and was a former Parishoner of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport.
Pete is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Papps) LaBonte of Gilford; sons, Raymond S. LaBonte and his husband Phillip Burt of Gilford and Mark A. LaBonte and his companion Jill Huysmann of Hill; grandchildren, Jason A. LaBonte of Belmont, Stephanie L. LaBonte of Laconia and Cameron A. LaBonte of Meredith; a great grandson, Cole M. LaBonte of Belmont; a brother, Philip D. "Pat" LaBonte and his wife Heather of Gilford; sisters, Helen Perron of Laconia and May Hamberger and her husband Carl of Weirs Beach; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Paul B. LaBonte; a brother, Robert J. LaBonte and a sister, Pauline S. Brown of Belmont.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial gathering for Pete on Sunday, January 20, 2013, from 2-4pm in the Gilford Community Church's Hall, 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford. Graveside services will be held in the Spring in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.
Mr. Glenn E. Dewhirst is the funeral professional who has been entrusted with the care of Mr. LaBonte's services.
Please visit us at dewhirstfuneralhome.com, to send on-line condolences or for more information.