2016-07-23 / Obituaries

Robert ‘Porky’ LaPine

Robert LaPine Robert LaPine Robert “Porky” Matthew LaPine of Mackinac Island passed away Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey, surrounded by family members following a lingering illness. He was 90.

He was born January 8, 1926, one of 10 children born to Levi and Susan (nee Andress) LaPine on Mackinac Island.

He attended the Thomas W. Ferry School on Mackinac Island.

He married Caroline St. Onge August 6, 1949, and they spent 67 years together.

A well known person in the Mackinac Island community, Mr. LaPine was employed by Union Terminal Piers for 11 years, and James Francis Construction for nine years. He retired from Mackinac Island State Park after 20 years. He retired from the Mackinac Island Fire Department after serving as a volunteer for 42 years.

He was a member of Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church on Mackinac Island. He was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Mr. LaPine was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, and he loved hunting. He was very proud of his large family. He was their “Papa Porky” and he loved them all very much and was always there when they needed him. Mr. LaPine was a popular man with many friends, always outgoing and cheerful.

He is survived by his wife, Caroline of Mackinac Island; a son, Dwight LaPine and his friend, Jeff Shaffer, of Mackinac Island; five daughters and their families, Linda and David Livermore of Rexton, Mildred and the late Patrick Henry of North Carolina, Gwendolyn and the late Richard Bagbey of Mackinac Island, Velma LaPine of Cheboygan, and Cindy LaPine of Sault Ste. Marie; 34 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren, and 33 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. LaPine was preceded in death by three stepsons, Martin “Wally” Bazinau, William “Randy” Bazinau, and Milton Bazinau, and his nine siblings, John, Wilson, Francis, Isaac, George, Amanda, Elizabeth, Shirley, and Patricia.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Williams and Father Edward Baah Baafi officiating. Visitation was Monday, July 18, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be at Ste. Anne’s Cemetery on Mackinac Island at a later date.

Dodson Funeral Home of St. Ignace assisted the family with arrangements.

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