March 1, 2014

Kenneth L. LaPlante Jr.

JEFFERSONVILLE, VT. — Kenneth L. LaPlante Jr., 63, of Jeffersonville, Vt., formerly of Champlain, N.Y., died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.

Ken was born Nov. 7, 1950, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of Harriet Jane Kaufman LaPlante and the late Kenneth L. LaPlante, Sr., both of Champlain.

He graduated from the Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1969. Drafted by the Selective Service, from 1971 to 1980, Ken worked at Ellis Hospital Laundry Department in Schenectady, N.Y. fulfilling his commitment as a conscientious objector. From 1980 to 1983 he worked at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in Burlington as the Laundry Director. Ken then moved into the Facilities Planning Department from 1983 to 1987, where he was involved in the construction of the McClure Wing and subsequent renovations. He was one of four people on a team that worked with architects, construction managers, and end users to facilitate the construction, moving, reorganizing, and redesign of a number of hospital departments. The team and Ken worked with a variety of people to build and develop the rooms and space the providers needed and the network could afford.

In 1987, Ken left the job he loved to return to his family's business, joining his father at Champlain Laundry & Cleaners. At the same time he remained involved with the Medical Center Hospital, serving on its Board of Governors from 1988 to 1992. When Ken Sr. retired in 2000, Ken Jr. ran the Laundry until its closing in 2005. Most recently, from 2006 to 2013, Ken was a dispatcher for Smugglers' Notch ski patrol.

Ken was a lifelong skier, beginning on the mountain with his father when he was six or seven. He skied every school day in high school and was on the Northwood School ski patrol until his graduation in 1969. He started volunteering first in 1974 at Hickory Hill, transferring to Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vt. in 1980. In 1989 he received National Appointment #7181 in recognition of leadership and years of service to all who ski. He was the Outdoor Emergency Care Program (OEC) Advisor for the Northern Vermont Region from 1990 to 1992. In 1992, the NSP Northern Vermont Region presented him with the Lanou Hudson Award honoring distinguished service and leadership by example. From 1992 to 1998, Ken served the NSP as the OEC Supervisor for the Eastern Division, covering ski areas from Maryland to Maine. In 1994, Ken was part of a team from NSP that presented the U.S. NSP OEC program to the Ski Patrol Directors of Canada West Ski Areas Associations. As a result, Canada West chose to adopt the U.S. National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Program for its ski areas. The Association presented Ken with an Appreciation Award for his service in 1994. During 1995 and 1996, Ken traveled to Whistler and Blackcomb in British Columbia to help train Canada West trainers in the OEC program, so that they could then train their patrollers. Ken received the Organization's Distinguished Service Award in 1998 for his efforts as an OEC Supervisor. Ken continued patrolling until 2000. In 2006, he returned to Smugglers' Notch as a dispatcher where he remained until 2013, helping his fellow patrollers answer the call. He spent more than 40 years patrolling the mountains.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • marvinhealdFuneralHome.jpg_5.jpg Gary "Alligator" Crowningshield

    WILLSBORO — Gary "Alligator" Crowningshield, 64, of Point Road in Willsboro, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh with his family by his side.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • RussellGary.jpg_6.jpg Gary Russell

    PLATTSBURGH — Life's journey has come to its destination for Gary Russell, 64, of Military Turnpike in Schuyler Falls.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • theresasheffield.jpg_7.jpg Theresa Sheffield

    WILLSBORO — Keeseville - Theresa Sheffield, 84, formerly of Hill Street, Keeseville, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • BreyetteCasey.jpg Casey M. Breyette

    PLATTSBURGH — Casey M. Breyette, 38, of Main Mill Street in Plattsburgh, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Glenmont, N.Y.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • HicksHugh.jpg Hugh "Pete" Hicks Jr.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • spooner.jpg Shaun Gregory Spooner

    NORTH RICHARDS HILLS, TX — Shaun Gregory Spooner, 59, of North Richland Hills, left this world Sunday, March 30, 2014.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • EdDienst1.jpg Edward A. Dienst

    Edward A. Dienst, 97, loving husband, father and proud grandfather, died on July 27, in South Glens Falls, N.Y., surrounded by his family.

    July 29, 2014 6 Photos

  • Hamilton.jpg Fumiko Passino

    Fumiko Passino, 76, of the Highlands Road, Keeseville, Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • carolvassar.jpg Carol M. Vassar

    Keeseville — Carol M. Vassar, 65, of Keeseville passed away at her home, 18 Lamplighter MHP, surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • joycetanton1.jpg Joyce Arlene (Mulbury) Tanton

    PLATTSBURGH — Joyce Arlene (Mulbury) Tanton, 91, of Plattsburgh and formerly of Guilderland, N.Y., died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh following a brief illness, with her loving family by her side.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

Death Notices