Bruce LaPierre

  • Born: November 30, 1959
  • Died: January 18, 2017
  • Location: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Chiampa Funeral Directors

5 Church Road
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Tel. 508.842.3700

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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Bruce LaPierre lived a good portion of his life in service of others and did everything in his power to help those struggling with addiction to find help and perhaps in that search…to find God. It was God who granted him the serenity to accept the things he couldn't change; courage to change the things he could and wisdom to know the difference. And when diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago Bruce fought hard to live each day one at a time; enjoying one moment at a time and accepting hardships as the pathway to peace. And when the end came for Bruce on Wednesday, January 18th 2017 he knew that he would be supremely happy with God forever and ever in the next. He died at Rose Monahan Hospice Residence surrounded by the love of his family.

On November 30, 1959 in Worcester Bruce Edward LaPierre was born a son to Paul J. and Janice M. (Richmond) LaPierre. Raised in Shrewsbury he graduated from Saint John's High School with the class of 1977. Bruce loved the outdoors and grew up on Lake Quinsigamond where he learned to waterski and later teach other family and friends. Snow skiing was also a passion and he was a loyal fan to the Boston Celtics.

Anyone who knew Bruce would attest to the fact he beat to his own drum. With music in his soul he was a music producer and singer. He was active in helping organize Locobazooka, music events in Middlesex and rain forest aide concerts in Costa Rica.

In order for Bruce to have been as effective and helpful with those struggling with addiction he knew the disease firsthand. The only way out of pain is through it and Bruce made it. For over a decade he was actively involved in the fellowship. Bruce was at Liberty church every single morning to unlock and welcome friends to meetings. Dubbed an 'honorary pastor' he was a familiar and welcomed face at the church. He recently scored the words to a recovery based song for his New Day ministry called 'White Flag' and it has become a recovery mantra.

In addition to his parents, Paul and Janice LaPierre of Shrewsbury he leaves his children, Tiffany L. Bazin and her husband, Timothy of Oxford, Krystal L. Robinson and her husband, Michael of Boylston and Stefan R. LaPierre and his longtime girlfriend, Emily Bessette of Millbury; his grandchildren, Logan and Liam Bazin, Avery and Tanner Robinson; his former wife, Pamella J. Carrignan of Millbury; his siblings, Paulette McKenzie of Shrewsbury and Robert LaPierre of Worcester; his longtime companion, Linda Nickerson of Shrewsbury; many nieces and nephews and his much loved dog, 'Pal'.

Family and friends will honor and remember Bruce's life by gathering for calling hours at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center on Friday, January 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. His Funeral Service will be celebrated on Saturday in Liberty Church, 495 Hartford Turnpike, Route 20 at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Tim Cruz will officiate. Burial will be private.

Honor Bruce's love for his church with a contribution to Liberty Church, 495 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.


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I can't believe it has been a year already!! praying for you everyday that you are at peace.
Love Dana

Posted by Dana Pratt - Millbury, MA - Family Friend   January 17, 2018

Just saw the memoriam in the St. Johns magazine . Condolences from a fellow friend of Bill . Dave Manley 79

Posted by David Manley - West Boylston, MA - Classmate   March 17, 2017

My deepest condolences for all of the family. What an amazing man Bruce was.

Posted by Kathleen Mercier - Rindge, NH - Friend   January 23, 2017

Dear Janice, Paul, Paulette, Rob and families,

Our sincerest condolences to all of you for the loss of Bruce. So many fun summer memories with your family and Bruce. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time and sending many blessings your way. Love, Kim (Russell) Vuona, Al and Callie

Posted by Kim Vuona    January 21, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our dear friends, Janice and Paul and the entire family during this time of great sorrow

Posted by Shirley & Ray Chevalier - West Boylston, MA - Family Friend   January 20, 2017

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Pam,Tiffany,Krystal&Stefan,
Thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
With Deepest Sympathy , Guy & Cheryl Gurinian

Posted by Cheryl Gurinian - Milford, MA - Family Friend   January 20, 2017

Bruce I will cherish all my memories of Dorothy Pond and Lake Quinsig growing up.. I also, wanted to thank-you from the bottom of my heart for coming to my brother Todd's service. It really meant the world to me. You will definatey be missed!!. Bruce's family, may you find peace in your hearts knowing he is now in a better place and at peace himself. Cherish all your memories and know you know have a very special guardian angel watching over all of you. God Bless all of you!!
Dana Pratt

Posted by Dana Pratt - Millbury, MA - Family Friend   January 20, 2017

I have sent prayers and wishes to the LaPierre family and this time of great sorrow. God Bless

Posted by William Bara - Spencer, MA - Friend   January 20, 2017

Pam and family. I am so sorry for your loss but take comfort knowing he is in a better place and will be your guardian angel. Although he has passed his memories will forever be present and you all should take great comfort in those. Prayers are being sent to you all at this very difficult time. You certainly are a great close family and I am sure your dad appreciated everything you did.

Posted by Anne Marie Curtis    January 20, 2017

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Our sincere sympathy to the entire family. It has been a long road and Bruce has finally been granted his peace. May he rest in God's arms. Thoughts and prayers go out to all. With love, The Donald Richmond Jr. Family

Posted by Susan Richmond - Worcester, MA - Family   January 20, 2017

Our sincere condolences. Sending thoughts and prayers. Soar with the angels Bruce.

Posted by Mark Mowry and Halena Greenleaf - Thompson, CT   January 20, 2017

My prayers are with you all at this time of your great loss. May you all Rest In Peace as he is now with the Lord.

Posted by Janet Cahill - Fort Myers, FL - Family Friend   January 20, 2017

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We're are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. Our most sincere condolences.
The Nickerson Family

Posted by Edward and Renee Nickerson - Charlton, MA   January 20, 2017

My prayers are with all of Bruce's family. He was a great friend and a competitive basketball player. We will all face death sooner or later. The only thing that matters is knowing Jesus Christ and doing His will.

Posted by Mike Roy - Hendersonville, TN - Friend   January 19, 2017

Our sympathy to all of Bruce's family. His suffering is over and now he is at peace. You are all in my prayers for comfort and strength at this sad time.

Posted by Anne and Mark Fratantonio - McCordsville, IN - Family   January 19, 2017

Thank you for the gift of your friendship and the gift of being able to be there for you when needed a friend as did I. Thank you for carrying our message to all those who have suffered as we had. You have touched many souls and I'm am grateful for having played a part in the musical you called life. You have trudged the road of happy destiny with great vigor. Go in peace my good friend.

Always your friend,

Posted by Rocco Antonelli - Ipswich, MA   January 19, 2017

Bruce loved God and spent much of his life helping others. He was a tremendous blessing to Liberty Church and those he nurtured back to health. He will be truly missed! I am unable to attend services for him but will keep you all in prayer. Thankful for all Bruce did for the Lord!

Posted by George Cladis - Friend   January 19, 2017

My deepest sympathies and love to all the family. Prayers for Bruce and those he loved and those that loved him. Sorry that I cannot be with you at this sad time but you are all in my thoughts.

Posted by Jeanne Dolan - Manassas, VA - Family   January 19, 2017

Our deep and heartfelt sympathy the family Paulette has kept us informed of this long struggle He is at peace

Posted by Judy Polito - Shrewsbury, MA - Friend   January 19, 2017

I'll miss you cuz, you were a good man good father an a good son. life is going to be a little less bright without you. you touched a lot of peoples lifes, an they all will miss you very much. I know your not in pain now an in a better place. we will meet again some day I'm sure.

Posted by Paul Lapierre - pico rivera, CA   January 19, 2017

Bruce, my friend, I hope you could hear me, you suffered greatly and God loved you so so much that He took you home. Words can not describe what you mean to me. It was only you that at times knew what I was going through. It was you that came for me when my daughter passed. It was you that's got mad at when you always gave me your opinion, but at the end you always seemed to be right. I know that over the years we developed a relationship that was so meaningful to me. You helped carry me through many dark moments. Bruce, you always talked the most in meetings..but always with such intelligent and words of inspiration..to always help another. I have to put those words in my heart and remember how you hugged me when I barely could stand and told me my daughters need me to keep fighting. And that's what I do every day. My tears are watering your beautiful garden. You are up there with people I've lost, Craig... My daughter... And you,people that were the closest to me. I hope you watch down on me, on all of us, your unbelievably strong family... And help still carry us through. You, along with so many left us too soon... But I believe God needs you... You have helped so many people, ran that morning meeting every day for more years than anyone ever could. Your work here your love your devotion... You are a testimony to all of us. To never quit. Till we meet again, I love you, Andrea

Posted by Andrea LaVigne - Worcester, MA - Family Friend   January 19, 2017

God gained a great man in you. We love and will miss you so much.

Posted by Diane - NH - Friend   January 19, 2017

RIP my friend. My condolenced and prayers to the entire LaPierre family. Bruce is at peace now. My God provide you all with the strength and courage to get through this difficult time.
Junior

Posted by Hermis Yanis, Jr - Douglas, MA - Family Friend   January 19, 2017

My condolences ,thoughts and prayers go out to Bruces family.

Posted by Rick Breault - Worc, MA - Friend   January 19, 2017

you will be missed but you will never be forgotten you will live on in my hart thank you 4 all that you did 4 me . love pastor mike stoliker

Posted by pastor mike stoliker - WORCESTER, MA - Friend   January 19, 2017


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