Joseph Laforte

Joseph D. Laforte

Sunday, December 28th, 1941 - Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
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Joseph D. Laforte, 77, beloved husband of Dale Fee-Laforte, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born on December 28, 1941 in Worcester, MA to the late Joseph A. and Lear E. (Douglass) Laforte.
Joseph was an honorable man with an extensive educational background. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American International College in Springfield, Ma. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1966 with a master’s degree and went on to graduate with his Ph.D in Economics also from the University of Connecticut. Joseph taught at Harvard and Uconn and was a professor at several area colleges in the field of economics.
Joseph was the Supervisor of Environmental Analysts for the Department of Environmental Protection at the state of Connecticut before he retired after 39 years.
Joseph had a passion for hunting and fishing, and was an all-around sportsman and outdoors enthusiast. He was an active member of the South Hadley Sporting Club, Foothills Sporting Club, Ducks Unlimited, NRA and the Hartford Area Business Economists Association. He was dedicated to being an environmentalist and advocated for the preservation of open space. Joseph loved fly-fishing on the Swift River, hunting at “the property” in Stafford Springs, and taught all of his grandchildren how to fish. Joseph made wonderful memories especially while he was camping with his grandchildren and wife in their RV. Joe and Dale loved taking trips across the country and enjoyed their adventures traveling to different countries around the world. Joseph would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need and loved to have good conversations with everyone. His memories will live on through all of his incredible stories.
In addition to his wife of 28 years, Dale Fee-Laforte, Joseph is survived by Dale’s two daughters, Monica Messenger of Enfield, and Mindy Slonka and her husband, Thomas, of Belchertown, MA; sister, Pam Laforte of Indian Orchard, MA; Brother in-laws Donald, Dennis, Dean (Debbie), Dwayne (Holly), Sister in-laws Dianne (Gary), Dolores (Alan); grandchildren, Christina, Jesse, Tommy, Carolyn, Abigail, Adam; and great grandchildren; his goddaughter, Leslie, son in-law Tom Messenger and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for calling hours on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd., Enfield, CT 06082. A service will follow at the funeral home at 1:00 pm. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations can be made to the South Hadley Sportsman Club, C/O Dean Dextraze 152 Farnsworth St. Chicopee, MA and/or the Enfield EMTs, 1296 Enfield St.
Enfield, CT 06082. To leave online condolences please visit
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT 06082
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 1:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT 06082
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Burial will be private
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Lynn Tobin

Posted at 11:44am
I was so heartbroken to hear the news that Joe had passed. He was a good friend to me and to many of us who worked with him at DEP. He was always their to lend a kind word of encouragement when anyone was going through a difficult time and always ready with a witty story that would make you laugh. He has touched many lives over the years and I'll never forget what a wonderful soul he was to all who knew him. I was extremely happy when I heard he had found the love of his life in you. You have given Joe a beautiful life and many cherished moments. God Bless you and your family. Lynn Alleva-Bevins
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Debbie Woodworth

Posted at 08:05pm
Dear Dale,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your loving husband and friend. He was so wonderfully kind and loving to you and all your family. I pray you will find comfort in all the wonderful memories of your travels and life together. Jim and I will be praying for the loving arms of Jesus to comfort you during this difficult time and through the holidays.
With much love,
Debbie Woodworth

Dan Zaicek and Connie Boehm

Posted at 04:53pm
Dale and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Joe was so wonderful. You will have many incredible memories to keep you warm over the years.
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Phil and Dorothy Bognar

Posted at 05:47pm
With deepest sympathy from your long-time friends,
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Denise Perry

Posted at 03:51pm
Dale, so sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. May your fond memories of your 28 years together help ease your loss.
Denise and Rich Perry

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