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Fred L. LaRock, 52, of Duxbury, a longtime and beloved coach, passed away in the comfort of his family at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Monday, June 25, 2012. Born in Montpelier on February 3, 1960, he was the son of the late Donald E. and Chelia I. (Downs) LaRock. Fred married the former Lorie Bombard on August 23, 2008, at their home in Duxbury.
Fred attended Harwood Union High School and then went on to a lifelong career in construction. He was employed by several area construction companies that included Rivers Building and Consulting before venturing out on his own, founding The Ultimate Handyman in 2005. Fred was happy and proud to have worked in conjunction with his son-in-law, Richard Ravelin, for the past seven years. In 2011, the business became complete when they were joined by Fred’s son, Mike.
A longtime and well-respected coach, Fred had a lengthy tenure guiding and nurturing youth sports that included youth wrestling, Little League baseball, Babe Ruth and all levels of girl’s softball. For the past 14 years, Fred coached varsity girls’ softball at Harwood Union High School. This year, Fred was honored with his induction to the HUHS Hall of Fame.
His family lovingly remembers Fred’s positive attitude towards life, his keen sense of humor, the joy he experienced sharing his love of the farm in Warren, and especially the time shared with his wife Lorie, their children, grandchildren, his many players, his numerous friends and times spent at the Fisk “Garage.”
Fred is survived by his wife, Lorie LaRock of Duxbury; his children, Kim LaRock and her companion Christopher Blasie of Virginia and Mike LaRock of Waitsfield; his stepchildren, Erica Smith and her husband Adam of Essex, Leigh-Ann Ravelin and her husband Richard of Waterbury Center, and Isaac Luce and his wife Madilyn of Williston; six grandchildren, Cameron Ravelin, Emma Ravelin, Piper Ravelin, Richard Ravelin II, Olivia Smith and Lincoln Smith; his sisters, Mary Sue LaRock of Warren and Christine Ann Hydock of White Plains, Maryland; his brothers, Edwin R. LaRock of York, SC, Ted C. LaRock of Warren, and Donald J. LaRock of Stockbridge; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
A celebration of Fred LaRock’s life will be held at the Harwood Union High School Auditorium on July 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be donated to the Fred L. LaRock Scholarship Fund, c/o Harwood Union High School, 458 Vermont Route 100, South Duxbury, VT 05660. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.