James R. LaBrecque, age 73

of Weymouth

James R. LaBrecque, age 73

James R. LaBrecque, age 73, of Weymouth, formerly of Abington, died peacefully, Sunday, January 19, 2020, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle against cancer.

James was born in Quincy, to the late Catherine E. (McNamara) and Paul A. “Boppa” LaBrecque, Sr. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1964. Following his service in the Air National Guard of MA and the Air Force Reserve, Jim graduated from East Coast Aero Technical School.

He had lived in Weymouth for the past three years, previously in Abington for fifty years.

Jim had a lifelong passion for aviation. He was employed as a tech crew chief for American Airlines at Logan Airport for over fifty years. In 2018, he was honored with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, given by the Federal Aviation Administration in recognition of distinguished senior mechanics.

He also worked for Sullivan Tire and Auto Service for fifteen years as a hospitality driver.

He enjoyed coaching youth soccer and hockey in Abington for many years. Jim had a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying, as well as boating. He was an avid traveler and golfer. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, especially his cherished grandchildren.

Beloved husband for fifty-three years of Patricia H. (Coffey) LaBrecque.

Devoted father of Michelle A. LaBrecque of Norwell, Michael P. LaBrecque and his wife Doreen of Dedham.

Loving grandfather of Paige LaBrecque, Jenson, Ally, and Tori LaBrecque.

Dear brother of Paul A. LaBrecque, Jr. and his late wife Helen of Nashua, NH, Corinne LaBrecque of Lincoln, VT, Ann E. LaBrecque and her spouse Jacqui Dary of West Wareham, Deborah C. McMahon and her husband Robert of Plymouth, and the late infant Kathleen LaBrecque.

Jim is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, January 24, at 11 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Jerome’s Church, 632 Bridge Street, Weymouth at 12 o’clock, with military honors to follow. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment private.

For those who wish, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Stand Up To Cancer, P.O. Box 843721, Los Angeles, CA 90084-3721.

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  • great father,great brother,great friend-he will be missed

  • Our thoughts and prayers with all of the family. Jimmy was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

  • Jim is my lifelong friend sharing all of the highs and lows in my life. He fought the battle of cancer and put up the fight of his life. He always had a positive attitude and told me right to the end “I am going to be all right” He will be greatly missed

  • My brother Jimmy was a amazing man . He cared deeply for family, friends, and work. His love for his grandchildren helped him face many challenges when tragedy struck on 9/11 and when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer . He was always busy even on vacation he was on the go but if you were stuck and.needed help he was there. Patricia and Jim loved each other since they were in highs school . If I were to use one Word to describe my brother it was love.

    He loved and cared for family friends and work and we all will miss him and we will all carry him in our hearts forever.

  • Dear LaBreques,

    While we mourn with you at Jim’s passing, we also celebrate the gift of his wonderful life.

    Love,

    Kev and Sue

  • I worked with Jimmy for many years at American Airlines. I respected that he worked until the end. This says a lot of Jim. He will be missed. So sorry for his family Will be praying for them.

  • Seems like I have known Jimmy most of my life! He was one on the nicest people I have ever known. He would do anything for anyone without a thought, he wouldn’t think of a reason or excuse not to do it…he just would. We always wish we had more time but after seeing Jimmy at the end of his life I am sure he knew how much he was loved by his family. They were there showing him so much love, kindness and concern. It was so moving to see. Jimmy was a very lucky man in that respect. I am sure he is smiling down at everyone who had the pleasure to know and love him.

  • We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jimmy. Our sincere condolences to his wonderful family.
    He Always had a smile, & kind words, a true gentleman.He loved being with the kids. He treated Ryan (Jenson’s friend) like one of his own grandchildren & Ryan will cherish all the fun memories that they made, together, from swimming in their pool, to cruising in his boat, to staying in their home in NH.
    He put up a long fight against this cruel disease. RIP

  • Take me back, oh hills I love
    Lift me from this lonely bed
    Light my way with stars above
    Curl soft winds about my head

    Wash my feet in crystal streams
    Cradle my arms in boughs of oak
    Breathe the scent of pine for dreams
    Wrap me tight in earthen cloak
    Appalachian traditional

  • Leave Taking

    When the coming of your death became awareness on the planet
    Some wondrous events began.
    The word went out that you were preparing to leave, to leave this place that you call home.
    The word was heard by the wind and it promised to blow under you and push you.
    The clouds heard the wind and billowed for joy:
    You may land on us and float for a while.”
    The rain said,” I will wash the air clean.”
    While each star polished itself to a brilliant shine.
    In the presence of your impending death the earth prepared to send you forth.
    The gravity that held you so tightly began to loose its grip.
    It called, “Let loose, Let loose, Let loose and fly.”
    As you began to float, a squirrel noticed and remembered;
    How you saved those things that were important.
    He told the rabbit, who told the turtle who told the bird he is coming,…….they whispered
    The bird sang your memories joyous release.
    The song was heard by a lone wolf.
    The lone wolf stood on cold tundra howling her appreciation of all the lessons you learned so well.
    Some distant great pines heard the howl
    And knew of your leaving.
    They swayed releasing their fragrance to waft with you.
    The fragrance was gathered in the swiftest of hawks, flown high with the wisdom that the great hawk knows.
    The hawk told the passing eagle who swooped and soared until, finding your SPIRIT loose on the wind, carried it forward to a joyous rainbow.
    The rainbow said, “Come, I’ve been waiting.
    The colors are all for you!”When the moon heard this, it shouted,
    “Prepare! A life well lived is approaching!”
    The stars again polished their shine until the illumination penetrated the system.
    Your soul saw and knew it was going home.
    Home to the light, home to the sun and home beyond home.
    And it met with all that it had always known:
    The silent and brilliant mystery.
    The source.
    The entire mystery burst with the splendor of
    “Welcome, welcome, we have been waiting.”
    The source, with all the ancestors gathered round, enfolded you and danced your coming.
    While far away, in the world you had known, a group of your loves and friends gathered to speak your praises, to sing your leaving and to forever remember.

    ~ Sondra Ray ~

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Corrine and all your family …..at this time of loss
    What a beautiful brother …..💗
    May love keep you all connected

  • Dear Ann and family, we are so sorry for your loss and we send our deepest condolences. God bless you all and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you Corinne and your family with the loss of your BeLoved brother.
    May the memories of joy markers support you!
    Love
    Tori

  • I had the great fortune to grow up next door to the LaBrecqque’s. When my dad was sick with cancer the LaBrecque’s were their to help. Jack (my dad) would only trust Jimmy take him out of bed with a Hoyer Lift My dad knew that Jimmy at a very young age was someone he could rely on. Sooo so sorry for this great loss!!

  • Jimmy was a good friend and a great coworker. Jimmy was always positive in life and his outlook on life was even greater. Every time we spoke he said he would be alright. He will be truly missed.

  • Larry and I send our sincere condolences. He fought “the big fight” with so much courage. God Bless. Love Mary Ryan

  • Prayers and thoughts to the family at this time of loss. May all the good and joyful memories ease the sadness and lighten your hearts .

  • May I offer my sincere condolences to the Labrecque family for the loss of a husband, brother,father , grandfather and uncle and friend to so many whoes lives he touche

  • I only knew Jimmy for a couple of years, but he made such an impact on my life as well as many others lives throughout his battle and even in the afterlife he is an inspiration to me and everyone who he has met. We will miss you and we will never forget you.

  • One of the best men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. When he talked to you, you couldn’t help but to be in a better mood afterwards no matter what you had going on. Even during his battle with cancer he had a wonderful attitude and outlook on life. He will be missed by all that were lucky enough to cross paths with him.

  • My cousin Jimmy was a part of my childhood. I have such fond memories of our times at uncle Paul and aunt Kay’s house playing with Jimmy and my other cousins. He has always had such a kind, giving spirit. While my mom was struggling at the end of her life, he would drive her beloved brother Paul to visit her in Connecticut. It was such a nice opportunity for me to reconnect with Jimmy. Such a terrible loss for his family. My heart goes out to you as you cope with this loss.

  • To the labrecque family,
    Warm thoughts to you. Feeling blessed to have known Jimmy.