William Francis "Bill" LaPierre, 83, faithful son, loving husband, devoted father and doting grandfather, passed away on July 15, 2015. The youngest of six children, Bill was born on January 18, 1932 in Ware, Massachusetts to Alphonse and Sarah "Sadie" Fleming LaPierre.
Bill loved God, family, friends and life. He was kind, generous, extremely intelligent and quick of wit. His career in textiles brought him and his family to Lumberton, North Carolina in January, 1970. Well respected in the textile industry, Bill was an innovator and patent holder in the manufacture of knitted textiles. After a satisfying career spanning more than 45 years, he retired from WestPoint Stevens in 1997.
In his spare time he was an artist, photographer, poet, gardener, traveler and avid reader. His favorite place was North Myrtle Beach, SC where he maintained a second home for more than 25 years.
After the death of his first wife, Claire St. Onge LaPierre, Bill moved to Wake Forest to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, David, James and Donald and sisters, Mary L. Ksen and Joyce L. Lewinski.
Surviving are wife, Deborah Powers LaPierre of Wake Forest; daughters and sons-in-law Elizabeth and Gary Bechard of Canonsburg, PA and Anne Marie and Chris Ward of Wake Forest, NC; five grandchildren Brendan Bechard of New York, NY; Catherine Bechard of Pittsburg, PA; Caroline, Luke and Elizabeth Ward of Wake Forest.
The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the team of professionals who for more than four years provided Bill with exemplary medical care in a compassionate and loving manner – Dr. Brian Go of Raleigh Cardiology and the ladies of his Wake Med North office, Dr. Daniel Koenig and staff of Capital Nephrology, Dr. Octavian Belcea and staff of Wakefield Family Practice, the Wake Med Congestive Heart Failure Team, the Duke Home Infusion staff and to the wonderful staff of Wake Med 6A CVIC who made the LaPierre family part of theirs.
An inurnment service will be held in the Columbarium at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979, or to a charity of one’s choice.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (919-556-5811)