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Rawlind "Joe" LaQuireMay 24, 1945
Rawlind “Joe” Joseph LaQuire
Rawlind “Joe” LaQuire, 72, a lifelong resident of Franklin died at his home in Franklin, Monday, January 15, 2018. Joe was born in Franklin, May 24, 1945, son of the late, Lloyd C. and Helen C. (Whittier) LaQuire. He attended schools in Franklin. He started working at the Old Getty Station, as he called it, pumping gas. He then fell into the mason trade where he worked building dorm rooms for Plymouth State College. There he made a friend of one of the carpenters who took him under his wing and taught him his life’s trade, carpentry. Joe worked for a few area companies before starting his own company in the mid 80’s. He enjoyed caring for, and running his classic cars. He and his wife enjoyed cruise nights for several years. He was often seen in his garage, working on his cars as folks passed by his home. Many of his closest friends were people he happened upon broke down, and offered his assistance to. He always had one of those or some of this to lend out. He never judged anyone by the way they dressed, how much money they had, or the car they drove unless it was a Ford, as he was and devoted Chevy man. His special interests were found in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Ice fishing in particular was his favorite and he always had a story or two to share from his last trip out.
Though he sometimes forgot his children’s names or mixed up his grandchildren, he could tell you every car and motorcycle he owned, the motor in it, how it handled and any “adjustments” he made to it. Joe had many nicknames throughout his life but Grampa Joe, given to him by friends of his grandsons, was by far his favorite. He loved to share his knowledge of cars, motorcycles, building, hunting and fishing and the younger crowd made for an eager audience. Joe had an exciting racing career starting when he was very young. He raced at all the area tracks including: Bryers (NHIS) back when it was dirt, Norway Pines, Lee, Claremont, Canaan and WMMS.
He was predeceased by, sisters, Doreen LaQuire (1956) , Bernice H. Cote (2010) and a grandson, Joe Nelson (2014). Joe lost the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, Sheila M. (Orcutt) LaQuire who died in January of 2016.
Though his love of motors is more than evident his biggest sense of pride came from his family. His eyes would often tear up when speaking of them and their accomplishments.
He leaves, sons, Rawlind “Chip” LaQuire Jr. and companion, Tina Clinginpeel of Franklin and Armond LaQuire of Concord, Daughter, Tina Nelson and her husband, Gary Sr. of Franklin
grandchildren, Amy Woods of Franklin, Tammy Nelson of TN, Tech Sgt. Gary Nelson Jr. and his wife, Francesca of England and Katie Nelson of Franklin; 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great-granddaughters.
He also leaves a sister, Lucille Bacon of Franklin and brother, Lloyd C. LaQuire of Boscawen
Calling hours will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. Following calling hours on Saturday, Joe's family would like to welcome friends to join them at the Franklin Lodge of Elks on the corner of West Bow and Central Streets in Franklin, to help celebrate his life and share memories.
Spring burial will be in Park Cemetery in Tilton when weather permits.