Brian D. LaFrance, 38: Bravely battled leukemia

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PORTLAND – Brian D. LaFrance, 38, died in Portland on May 6 after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born Feb. 12, 1975, in Lewiston, the son of Robert N. LaFrance and Helene J. Bernier.

In Lewiston, LaFrance was involved in the Boy Scouts, achieving Eagle Scout status, for which his family was very proud. He was a 1993 graduate of Lewiston High School, and then went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international affairs and economics at the University of Maine.

On Aug. 12, 2002, he married Leslie Corey in Las Vegas.

An exceptional chef, he loved cooking for his friends and family. He enjoyed hunting with his uncles, fishing with his friends, and traveling to Key West with his wife. Growing up in Grand Lake Stream, LaFrance loved to return there for fly fishing and spending time on the water.

LaFrance is survived by his beloved wife of over 10 years, Leslie LaFrance, of Portland; his mother, Helene Bernier, and significant other, John Sprague; his father, Robert N. LaFrance, and significant other, Paula Monaghan; his maternal grandmother, Juliette Bernier; his sister, Danielle Baker, and her husband, Ciaran, all of Lewiston; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the kind and compassionate care they gave to LaFrance.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at St. Joseph’s Church in Portland. Burial was be private.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in LaFrance’s honor to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102, or to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7295.

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