Thomas E. LaBrake, 57, Rensselear Falls passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to the Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop.
Thomas was born in Ogdensburg on May 26, 1954, son of the late Philip and Pauline Bryant LaBrake. He graduated from St. Lawrence Central and was active in the high school sports, excelling in hockey. He played hockey and softball on the town leagues. He married Susan Monroe on August 26, 1977 in North Lawrence; she predeceased him in 1999. Thomas worked for Digital in MA, in computer production, SUNY Canton in Maintenance Dept. and Catering; and was a Teacher Aid for Special Ed at BOCES in Ogdensburg and Heuvelton. He also coached Girls Hockey in Canton and on his first try at golf, made a “Hole in One” and earned mention in Golf Digest.
He is survived by two children, Marcie LaBrake and her boyfriend, Eric Turner of Morristown and Philip T. LaBrake and his girfriend, Janet Marcoux of Manchester, NH; a special friend, Vicky Putnam of Rensselear Falls; two sisters, Jean Myers of Schuylerville and Donna and Roy LaVack of Ft. Pierce, FL; one brother, Richard and Julie LaBrake of Newark, OH; his granddaughter, Alexis LaBrake and a special “granddaughter”, Emma Benware. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Frederick and John LaBrake.
Friends may call at the Hammill Funeral Home, Sunday from 4 - 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Brasher Falls followed by burial in the parish cemetery.