Steven Robert LaPierre, age 72, of North Chatham, passed away on January 19, 2020
at his home, following a long and heroic battle with Parkinson’s disease.
The eldest of six children, he was born in November 1947 to Gloria and the late Robert LaPierre of Belmont. He was married to his best friend and high school sweetheart, Mary Ann, for almost 50 years. Together, they raised their children, Noel and Danielle, in Wayland.
Steven graduated from Northeastern University in 1970 with a BS in chemical engineering and was a member of the university track team competing in pole vault. He served honorably for 7 years in the National Guard and, in 1975, earned an MBA from Georgia State University and his professional engineering license in the states of Ga., Mass. and N.J. He was a valued employee of W.R. Grace & Co. for 30 years with career experience in areas ranging from process engineering, manufacturing management, and new product development. He worked in a variety of business units for the company including medical devices, defense and
commercial electronics and automotive acoustics. His titles included VP of Marketing, President of a Chomerics division and Chief Quality Officer. He was an adjunct faculty member of the MBA program at Babson College for 5 years where he taught Operations Management. Following his tenure at W.R. Grace, he was the Director of Education and Advisory Services at the Center for Quality Management in Cambridge.
Steven had a keen scientific mind and he delighted in systems and processes. He was a thinker and a problem solver, and he was known to do so with the aid of flow-charts and graphs even outside of his profession. He had a lifelong love of learning and was particularly interested in history, the human genome, the cosmos, and many other scientific pursuits.
He was quick to smile at something funny but saved his real laugh for only the most deserving moments. It could fill an entire room and anyone near him would soon be laughing too. He had a great appreciation for music and art and loved Italian food, barbecue, and most of all, candy. He had a knack for finding a candy store in any new place he visited. He was a long-time fan of the Boston Red Sox and Patriots and loved the excitement of a good game.
He was a kind, gentle soul who took more pleasure in giving to others than to himself and volunteering was a perennial part of his life. In Wayland, he was presented an award by the Wayland Police Department for 10 years of community service and, when needed, he volunteered to coach his son’s high school swim team. In Chatham, he volunteered for 11 years with the Chatham Conservation Foundation, 6 of those serving as a board member. He
volunteered with the Chatham Food Pantry for 10 years and worked with a small group of residents securing funds and materials to build the Chatham Community Garden, bringing fresh produce to food pantry clients.
He was a wonderful “Papa” to his 5 grandchildren: Calvin, Anna, Hazel, Julia and Will. He could always make them laugh by being silly and they felt great joy knowing their Papa liked to eat jelly beans before breakfast. His family was the most important and happy part of his
life. He was a devoted father and always made time to be with his children and he was a friend to his son-in-law, Bill, and daughter-in-law, Heather. To his wife, Mary Ann, he was a soulmate and they were each other’s greatest admirers. Along with his family, Steven leaves behind many friends, in-laws, cousins, his mother, Gloria, and his siblings: Linda, William, Rob, Tom and Gerry. He was our “Stevie,” and our hero and we will miss him always.
Steven was an optimist and always retained hope that someday a cure would be found for Parkinson’s disease. Donations in his honor may be made to a cause dear to his heart, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.