April 23, 1940 - December 29, 2013
Burial Date April 23, 2014
Obituaries » ROY M. PLANTE
PLANTE, ROY MAURICE, 73, passed from this world Dec. 29, 2013, at the Hospeace House in Naples, N.Y., surrounded by those who loved him dearly – his beloved younger brother, Tommie Plante, his “favorite sister-in-law,” Sharon Plante, Ted Holton (to whom he lovingly referred as his adopted son) and wife Jen, and close friend Joe Watson. Roy was the oldest son of the late Merle Roselind LaValley Plante and Maurice Raymond Plante. He was born in the second-floor room of the then-family home on April 23, 1940. He was raised by his beloved grandmother, the late Marguerite LaValley, along with his younger brother, Tommie, and younger sister, Merle “TT.” Roy attended Mathewson Elementary School and Spaulding High School in Barre. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for two tours of duty. He served our country for six years. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, Roy married Claudette Rancourt (the love of his life) in Barre. They had two children, Rennie and Lisa Plante. Roy then worked in the roofing/construction field, before relocating to upstate New York to join his younger brother, Tommie, in the construction field. After a few years in New York, Roy and Claudette divorced. Roy taught himself everything there was to learn about mobile home installation, renovation and reconstruction and at one time was manager for six mobile home parks. He rebuilt several homes which later became affordable housing to several people. These people would not have had the opportunity to become homeowners, if not for Roy. He was extremely good-hearted, a hard worker, humorous, and loved Christmas. A few years ago he decided to go to Vermont for Christmas. He put on his Santa suit, hopped into his truck and drove to Vermont to surprise his mother and grandchildren. He was best known as a good person to talk to if you had a problem and needed help. As a child he was a little prankster, with his sister, Merle, getting blamed for everything. He will be missed by all who were close to him especially brother Tommie, Ted and Jen Holton and their children, who called him Papa Roy; and his cockatiel, Chipper. He rescued and loved Chipper dearly. Roy was predeceased by his beloved son, Rennie Plante; his father, Maurice Plante; and his mother, Merle Bresette. Merle passed this same year in May, at the age of 96. Roy is survived by his beloved brother, Tommie Plante, and wife, Sharon, of Honeoye, N.Y.; his sister, Merle “TT” Hutchins, and husband Gary, of Surprise, Ariz.; his daughter, Lisa Lucero, and husband Mark, of Ocala, Fla.; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Vermont and Florida; his three half-sisters, Cynthia Nichols, of Honeoye, N.Y., Susan Kelley, of Barre, and Nancy Gosselin, of Barre; as well as many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins. There will be an adult memorial service/reception in honor of Roy’s life on April 23, 2014, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 1 Pioneer St. in Montpelier, Vt., at 11am.