Joseph F. LaCroix

  • Born: December 13, 1930
  • Died: December 25, 2020
  • Location: Littleton, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, and Pepere; Proud Air Force Veteran; and Friend to Many

Joseph F. (Ferdinand, Fred, Pop, Dad, Joe, Pepere) LaCroix passed away peacefully on Christmas morning, 2020.

Ferdinand was born on December 13, 1930 in Sutton, Vermont (the youngest of 13 children) to Zephire and Leontine LaCroix. Early influences in his life included time spent with his "spirited" hard-working family and his studies at a seminary in Massachusetts.

With a strong sense for adventure and service to country, Ferdinand enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951. This decision opened up countless opportunities for this enthusiastic young man, resulting in a very successful 24-year career in Air Force Food Service.

Following wartime service at Suwon Air Base during the Korean War, Ferdinand made the wisest decision of his young life in marrying his lovely wife of 67 years, Jeanette (Mom, Ma, Ma-ma-zoo, Memere) Guyer of Lyndonville, Vermont. Fred and Jeanette's beautiful life together brought them to Ohio, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Japan, Missouri, Montana, Colorado, and Turkey. Also during this time, their 5 children (Ricky, Stevie, Jimmy, Vicki, and Johnny) were born.

Family experiences focused on life-long friendships, supporting each other's interests in a wide-variety of sports and academics, always embracing his French-Canadian heritage. Providing an environment filled with faith, hard work, and commitment to family…was what it was all about!

After retiring from the Air Force in 1975, Pop's background in food service was rewarded with a great position in Sacramento, California—Project Manager for all food service operations at Mather, Beale, and McClellan Air Force Bases. But after a couple of years, New England was calling them back, eventually "settling down" in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Joe's culinary expertise continued in the Littleton area, managing the restaurant at the Continental 93 Motor Inn, overseeing the food service program for the Littleton School District, catering events for many friends and organizations, and managing food operations for the Mount Washington Cog Railway. If you live within a 50-mile radius of Littleton, you may have had some of Joe's popular seafood chowder! Just prior to retiring, he worked as a delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts.

Anyone who knew Dad, can attest to his fervent support for the Dallas Cowboys. Over the years, you may have even lost (or won) a couple bucks in a friendly wager! Also a regular fan at Littleton High School sporting events, Pepere's love for local sports continued long after his own children graduated.

Joseph F. LaCroix is survived by his wife Jeanette, son Rick and wife Jody LaCroix, son Steve LaCroix and wife Karen Eddy, son Jim LaCroix, daughter Vicki and husband Eric Brigham, son John LaCroix and fiancé Maureen Trujillo, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Condolence & Memory Journal

He certainly lived a very full & rewarding life! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Cheryl White - Lebanon, NH - Family   January 19, 2021

Wow, what a terrific life! And this smiling photo is how he always greeted others. Certainly a wonderful memory of him to hold in our hearts. Whenever we were around him, he made us feel as though we were the only ones in the room. He gave great attention and support to his family and friends. We could tell that he was a wonderful soul, who gave his all in everything he did. It was especially noted with his marriage to Jeanette. Such a beautiful couple, and a beacon of inspiration for all of the Saint Rose of Lima parishioners. Joe will be missed, but his charitable mannerisms and actions will be remembered by many. God Bless!

Many Blessings to the LaCroix Family!

Posted by Richard and Mary Pat Simmons - Bethlehem, NH - Family Friend   January 17, 2021

Posted by Denise Barrett - Family   January 16, 2021

I loved my visits with Uncle Fernand and Aunt Jeanette. I have so many wonderful memories with them and my cousins but I especially loved being there when the Cowboys were playing and I would cheer for the other team just to make it interesting and Uncle Fernand would be on the phone with his boys because they are betting for different my team
Uncle Fernand you were and will always be a very special Uncle to me love you ❤ Denise

Posted by Denise Barrett - Family   January 16, 2021


We will miss our visits with Uncle Fernand. He was my godfather, a special one at that. He was always a family man ,and very caring. He would talk about family times and memories. He and Aunt Jeanette were the best role models we could ask for.Their love for each other was most obvious.We are glad that we had the time to go and visit over the past years. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Posted by Robert & Debbie LaCroix - Enfield, NH - Family   January 10, 2021

Jeanette: I loved looking at all those pictures that were posted. In every one of the two of you, you're either holding hands or touching in some way. Such love you two had! Unfortunately, I know how you're feeling right now. I hope we can get together one of these days and share stories. Love you!

Posted by Marilyn Eddy - Manchester, CT - Family Friend   January 10, 2021

Jeanette and the entire Lacroix family, Donna and I offer condolences on your loss. Joe was a good man and a straight shooter, you always knew were you stood with him. No more Cowboy bets or losses for me. Thoughts are with your family.

Posted by david moody - littleton, NH - Friend   January 10, 2021

To The LaCroix Family: Kevin and I were so saddened by this news...Joe was one of our favorite people and we have so many fond memories of him talking with us after Mass at St Rose, attending games at LHS and supporting his beautiful family. Please know that our prayers are with you and may your memories of this wonderful man be with you always....Sending love and hugs....Helen Joyce

Posted by Helen Joyce - Stratham, NH - Friend   January 08, 2021


Jeanette and family we are deeply sorry for your loss .Myself and my children all know to well how hard this is on all of the family. Joe was a remarkable man and a wonderful human being to all that knew him. He is in heaven now showing all the angels how to make a perfect seafood chowder. My prayers and love to all of Joe's family .

Posted by betty mackay - Davenport, FL - Friend   January 08, 2021

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“Grand Pepere” with his first great grandchild