ROBERT PAUL LAFLAMMERobert Paul LaFlamme, 86, of Duluth passed away peacefully Tuesday Feb. 28, 2012.
Robert Paul LaFlamme, 86, of Duluth passed away peacefully Tuesday Feb. 28, 2012 in St. Luke's Hospital with his family at his bedside.
He was born on Sep. 4, 1925 in Duluth, to Ernest and Ann (Thompson) LaFlamme. Bob married June Caroline Hellgren on Jul. 13, 1946 and together they raised five children in Duluth.
Bob was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He served 39½ years on the Duluth Fire Department. He earned the rank of Captain in 1962 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1980, retiring in 1990.
He is past president of the International Association of Firefighters, Duluth Local 101. He and fellow IAF officer Roger Armstrong initiated a petition in 1967 to ensure firefighters and police officers from Duluth earned 80% of the salary level earned by their peers in first class cities throughout Minnesota. The landmark petition drive generated 13,888 signatures, leading to a significant improvement in firefighter and police officer earning capacity.
Bob was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Duluth, serving as its church council president, usher, and counter. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran's Sunshine Club and Church Bowling Team. Bob was a member of the Lakeside Chapter of AARP and the Cotton Senior's Group. He enjoyed being part of the Peace In Christ Men's Breakfast Bible Study Group on Wednesdays and the card playing breakfast group on Fridays. Bob served as president of the Senior Citizen's Coalition and as vice president of the Public Employees Retirees Group.
The Duluth AFL-CIO Coalition of Retirees presented Bob with the Helen Horral Award in 2007 for his volunteer activities and outstanding service to the community.
Bob became a member of Freemasonry, Trinity Lodge No. 282 in Duluth in 1973, later joining the Scottish Rite of Duluth. Bob was a member of the Director's Staff at the Aad Shrine.
Along with his wife June, Bob sang in Svenska Sangårna (Swedish Singers).
Bob loved the outdoors, spending time at the cabin, taking pontoon rides around Thompson Lake, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed woodworking and babysitting his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Lawrence and Earnest.
Bob is survived by June, his wife of 65 years; daughters Norma LaFlamme, Lora (Dennis) Remer, Julie (Chris) Maddy, Yvonne (Allen) Birchland, and son Steven (Juli) LaFlamme; brother Curt (Millie) LaFlamme of Lake Wales, Fla.; sister Shirley Bittinger of Winterset, Iowa; grandchildren Jeremy Remer of Shanghai, China, Michele (Scott) Littfin of Bloomer, Wis., Jason Remer of Dallas, Texas, Colton Maddy and Nathan Maddy of Duluth, Alyssa LaFlamme and Jessica LaFlamme, of Moorhead, Minn., and great-granddaughter Shanna Littfin of Bloomer, Wis.
Bob's family would like to extend a special thanks to his caregivers at St. Luke's Hospital including Dr. David Arvold, Dr. Paul Sanford, Dr. Joseph Martinelli, Dr. Heather Muster, ICU RNs Kathryn, Val and Kristina, Emergency doctors Dr. Tom Chang, Dr. Mark Monte, and resident Dr. Matthew Hansmeyer. The family would also like to thank the firefighters from No. 7 Engine and paramedics at Gold Cross Ambulance.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Thursday (today) at Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher, 3208 West 3rd St, Duluth. Service 2 p.m. Friday in Bethany Lutheran Church at 2308 West 3rd St, Duluth, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Duluth Fire Department Honor Guard will take part in the service. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Oneota Cemetery Wednesday, March. 7, 2012. Arrangements by Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher, Duluth 624-1059.
Sign the guestbook (4 comments)
Comments posted on this page do not reflect opinions of Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion, advice given or made. All replies are subject to approval and must follow Forum Communications Company guidelines concerning statements of libel, personal attacks or defamation of character. Replies in the "Talk About It" section that criticize a person by name may not be posted, unless that person is openly involved in a public issue. Comments written in all capital letters or bold print will not be considered for inclusion in the forum.