Robert A. LaBelle – dedicated husband, loving father and grandfather, and friend to all, at age 85 - passed away November 18th after a short illness.
Bob was born to Irvin & Bernadette LaBelle on April 12, 1937. He lived in Northfield NH until after the death of his wife in 2014, which ended 53 years of marriage. In 2015 he moved to Port St Lucie, FL to be near family. Bob graduated high school in Tilton, NH and then joined the Army and then the Air Force. After leaving the military he married his wife Jane in July of 1961. In 3 short years Bob became a father to his daughter Diane and then 17 months later to his son Jim.
Bob spent his entire professional career as a cobbler and the majority as owner of his own shop, LaBelle’s Shoe Repair, that was located on the main street of Laconia, NH. He loved his days spent with all who hung out in his shop. His shop was a favorite place for all his fellow main street owners, police officers and firemen to gather every day. Bob loved to fish and play golf, but his joy came from helping people. All who knew him, knew that at any given time they could stop by the shop for a coffee in the back room, some sage advice and a joke or two.
Bob is survived by his daughter Diane and husband James Burchard of Port St. Lucie, FL. His son James LaBelle and his wife Kim of Rocky Point, NC, loving companion June Emery, who has been by side for the last 8 years of his life. 8 grandchildren - Brandon, Nate, Cherish, Nicholas, Samantha, Caleb, Kinsley and Kelsey. 10 great grandchildren – Sawyer, Otto, Graham, Elsie, Calvin, Owen, Tristan, Eliza, Titan, Kai, and Nora.
Bob was a proud veteran of this great county. In lieu of flowers and in his memory, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Bob will be laid to rest in the VA cemetery in Boscawen, NH and there will be a celebration of life in NH in the spring of 2023.