Eric LaPlaca, a fantastic person, passed away on September 14, 2023, at the age of 52. The lives of individuals who had the honour of knowing Eric, a resident of Wellesley and Bass River, Massachusetts, were significantly impacted by him. The community Eric impacted will always appreciate his memory as a devoted parent, kind spouse, sports lover, and real friend to many.
Early Life and Education
Born to Betsy LaPlaca and the late Charles “Chip” LaPlaca, Eric was raised in the close-knit town of Franklin, Massachusetts. His childhood in Oakland Park was marked by a strong sense of community, and it was here that he laid the foundation for the incredible life he would lead. Eric’s journey through Franklin High School, from which he graduated in 1989, was characterized by his outstanding athleticism. He excelled in football, baseball, and basketball, earning numerous accolades, including Globe All Scholastic and Gold Helmet awards.
College Years and Athletic Achievements
After high school, Eric pursued higher education at Bowdoin College, where his athletic prowess continued to shine. Not only did he play football for the college, but he also set several school records, leaving an indelible mark on the institution. Eric’s dedication to sports extended beyond college as he ventured to Europe to continue his football career, solidifying his status as a passionate and gifted athlete.
In the professional sphere, Eric made a lasting impact in the insurance industry. Over the years, he formed enduring friendships with colleagues and peers, a testament to his amiable personality and his ability to connect with people. His zest for life and boundless energy were evident in his enthusiasm for forging and nurturing these connections.
Eric’s magnetic personality made him a social butterfly. He had an innate gift for bringing people together, whether they were old friends or newcomers to his life. His friendships were numerous, and his friends adored him. He had a unique talent for creating bonds among people, ensuring that his circle was a tight-knit and supportive community.
Among Eric’s greatest passions was Cape Cod, particularly Bass River. The allure of The Beachcomber and cruising in his beloved boat, “Let’s Go!” held a special place in his heart. He cherished the camaraderie of his neighbors on the dock, reveling in the shared love for this beautiful coastal retreat.
Above all else, Eric was a devoted family man. His love for his wife, Joanna, and their three children, Jessica, Claire, and Jordan, was unwavering. He was actively involved in their lives, immersing himself in their activities and creating cherished memories together. Eric’s commitment extended to coaching youth sports, including flag football, and he took immense joy in coaching the Wellesley High girls lacrosse team from the parents’ sideline. He was a role model, not just as a coach but as a father who was deeply invested in the lives of his children.
Eric was an active member of his community, particularly at St. Paul’s Parish, where he served as chairman of the Father-Daughter dance committee for years, even after his own daughters had outgrown the event. His dedication to fostering connections and building a strong community was evident in his involvement in this cherished tradition.
Fond Memories and Legacy
Eric is survived by his beloved children Jessica, Claire, and Jordan in addition to his wife Joanna and mother Betsy. Along with his in-laws, Roy and Judy Bergesen, he leaves behind two devoted brothers, Matt and Brian. The loss of a cherished family member is shared by his aunt and godmother, Ellen Siddell, as well as his sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and ten nieces and nephews.
The innumerable lives that Eric touched as well as his family continue to carry on Eric’s legacy. His love of athletics, talent for making friends, and commitment to his family and community serve as a constant reminder of the influence one person can have on the world.
The gap left by Eric LaPlaca’s passing cannot be filled, but those who had the honour of knowing him will cherish him forever in their hearts. His life served as a tribute to the strength of affection, humour, and an unbridled joy for living. Eric’s legacy serves as a gentle reminder to all of us that our time here on earth is ultimately defined by the relationships we create, the love we share, and the lives we impact. He will be sorely missed, but those who had the good fortune to share in his journey continue to carry his spirit in their hearts.
Visiting Hours will be held at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St. (Rt. 16), WELLESLEY, on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 4-8 pm. His Funeral Mass will be held in St. Paul’s Church, 502 Washington St., Wellesley, on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited.
Because of Eric’s history playing football, he would be content to know that his tissue has been donated to the UNITE CTE Research Center at Boston University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent there. Checks can be made out to “Trustees of Boston University,” memo line “BU CTE Center,” and sent to Boston University Development, Gift Processing, JPMorgan Chase & Co., PO Box 22605, New York, NY 10087-2605. Donations may also be made online. For online guestbook, gfdoherty.com George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781 235 4100.