Kenneth Joseph "Big Ken" "Dancing Bear" LaPine, a native of Springfield, passed away peacefully at home on Friday evening after a battle with cancer. Ken will be dearly missed by his wife Cathie, daughter Cherise and son-in-law Andy Threewitt of Chicago, son Benjamin of Pittsfield, son Joshua (and Kaitlin) of Suffield, sister Linda of Springfield, and all who were fortunate enough to know him. He was predeceased by his father Leo and mother Marion (Swenor) of Springfield, and sister Shirley Rohan of Ludlow. Ken also leaves his siblings-in-law, Ed Rohan of Ludlow, Ernie and Peggy Van Dyke of Amherst, Dolly and Poppo Mercado of Chicopee, and Ginny Crothers of Chicopee.
Ken was a graduate of Saint Michael's College in Vermont and still maintained close ties with many of his classmates, and a 34-year employee of LEGO in Enfield, where he enjoyed working with his many friends and colleagues. He was a lifelong musician, an avid Deadhead, a dedicated fan of Boston sports, and an all-around good dude who gave his family a good life.
The family would like to thank MGH of Boston and the oncology nurses at Cooley Dickinson. Many thanks to all the PTs who worked with Ken, especially Anna ("Doc Martin") at Weldon. The boys in the band -- Neil (and Susan) of Vermont, Terry (and Eileen) of New Hampshire, and George (and Deb) of Rhode Island -- thanks for everything. To Kelli, Steve, and Paul, we are incredibly grateful for all your support.
Visiting Hours for Ken will be held Friday, September 14, 2018 from 4PM to 7PM at Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. All other services will be private.
Ken always said it was a choice to be happy, and he would want us to be happy now as we remember him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's name to Shriners Hospital.