Obituary of David LaClair
Penn Yan: formerly of East Rochester and Marion, on November 5, 2017, at age 56. David is predeceased by his father, George Wallace LaClair; brother, George Daniel LaClair. He is survived by his mother, Doris LaClair; siblings, Deborah (Jeff) Fox, Diane LaClair, Dale LaClair, Mary Raimondi, John (Kristen) LaClair; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends at Jerusalem IRA and Yates ARC.
David was the beloved son of Doris and George LaClair. He was born on June 23rd and was their sixth child. David entered this world much anticipate but he came with a few surprises. One of which was Down's Syndrome. Growing up in a large family David was well-loved and loved well. He had a great sense of humor, loved to tease and had nick names for all of his siblings. David had a love of cartoons and spent Saturday mornings in front of our television watching them from 7 to 11am. He also loved Walt Disney and collected every Disney cartoon movie ever made. One of David's favorite cartoons was Scooby Doo and he and his brother Daniel often acted out the scenes that occurred between Scooby, Scrappy and Shaggy. As he grew up his taste changed somewhat and he began to delve into comic books, getting his first collection from his cousin Mike. David loved Marvel comics especially the X-Men and the Avengers. He also would dabble in DC Comics (Batman and Superman). David loved swimming. He especially loved swimming underwater like a fish. David not only enjoyed swimming but also being on the water fishing and boating. He was a patient fisherman and won the fishing derby at Camp Onseyawa four years in a row. David learned to ride a two wheel bike, at his brothers insistence and spent many hours helping on the family farm. Painting was one of David's joys; however, he sometimes painted people instead of buildings. After David left school he went to work at the Wayne ARC. David would often sneak out of the factory and would lay on the picnic table sunning. Later on, he worked in the greenhouse and enjoyed that immensely. David eventually would work at St. Paul's in Monroe County, Keuka Lake Enterprises and Yates ARC doing a variety of tasks in their sheltered workshops and on the cleaning crew. David's all-time favorite job was making boxes and he was very efficient at it. As time passed, David began to experience health related illnesses and he moved to Day Treatment services. David also left his family home and moved to a group home. These were changes that he adjusted to, as did his family. David will always be remembered for his extreme politeness, his hugs and his kisses and his ability to make us all remember that it is okay to be childlike, that life is about living to the fullest and that home is not here on earth, but home in in heaven with Jesus.
Friends may call Friday, November 10, 2017, 4-7 PM at Harloff Funeral Home, 803 S. Washington Street, East Rochester. His funeral mass will be Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9 AM St. Jerome's Church, 207 Garfield Street. Interment immediately to follow at Marion Cemetery. Donations in David's name may be directed to ARC of Yates, 235 North Ave, Penn Yan, NY 14527.
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