Kenneth F. “Skip” LaVoie, 89, a lifelong Chepachet resident, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018. He was the husband of the late Rose M. (Lange) LaVoie for 70 years before her passing in 2017. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Ferdinand H. and Ada (Stafford) LaVoie. Skip and Rose owned and operated the Purple Cat Restaurant in Chepachet with their sons for 43 years before retiring. Skip worked for the M. Rosenburg Company in Chepachet and for the State of RI in the “Spit Box” at Narragansett Park and Lincoln Downs before taking over the Purple Cat. He was an all-state football player at Burrillville High School, held the state single season scoring record for many years and was inducted into the Burrillville Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. He attended Washington and Lee’s University on a football scholarship. In 2001 he received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Town of Glocester for over 25 years of service on the Glocester Housing Commission. Skip and Rose enjoyed summers at their home in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine. He was an avid gardener, growing many prize winning gladiolas and attended the Daytona 500 for many years.
He was the father of Kevin A. LaVoie and his wife Reena of Chepachet, Keith A. LaVoie of Chepachet and the late Kenneth F. LaVoie, Jr. He was the grandfather of Kenneth F. LaVoie III, Tara N. Kruzewski and Kelsea Rose LaVoie. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Elissa Rose LaVoie, Joseph Kruzewski, Johanna Kruzewski and Landon LaVoie. Skip was the brother of the late James Silverthorne.
Visitation Monday, March 26, 2018 from 4-7pm in the TUCKER-QUINN Funeral Chapel, 643 Putnam Ave. (Rt. 44), Greenville. Burial in Acotes Hill Cemetery, Chepachet will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Glocester Heritage Society Endowment Fund, PO Box 269 Chepachet RI 02814, will be appreciated.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Kenneth