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YARMOUTH — R. Ted Laguerre Jr., 71, a longtime resident of Yarmouth and more recently Brunswick, died April 20.
Born June 15, 1942, in Passaic, New Jersey, he was raised in Glen Rock, New Jersey, and then attended Lehigh University. There, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and followed its motto, “We enjoy life by the help and society of others,” throughout his life.
Following graduation, he married the woman who would become his wife of nearly 50 years, Linda Filley Laguerre. He attended Wharton Business School for a year before enlisting as an officer in the U.S. Navy, amid the Vietnam War.
Laguerre was assigned as officer in charge of the USS Hummingbird, a reserve training minesweeper based in Portland. He and his wife made their home in Yarmouth, where they would continue to live, with a few short breaks, for the next 45 years.
Through his naval experience, Laguerre gained a profound appreciation and respect for those who served with him, as well as a love of boating. He and his wife enjoyed sailing along the coast of Maine, and also enjoyed spending many years at a camp on Saddleback Lake.
After his naval service, Laguerre launched a successful career in technology sales, working for such companies as Xerox, Rolm, IBM and Siemens. His home in Yarmouth served as an office, from which he was able to enjoy extensive travel around the country.
Always an avid learner, Laguerre was trained in home construction at an early age, which led to a lifelong interest in building and carpentry – skills that he also happily employed throughout his life.
Laguerre was predeceased by his wife, Linda.
He is survived by his sister, Yvonne Hall; his daughter, Danielle Newcomb, and husband, Peter; his son, Teddy Laguerre, and wife, Kristen; four grandchildren, Jake Laguerre, Keegan Newcomb, Drew Laguerre and Declan Newcomb; and many friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m., at First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth. Interment will be at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St., South Portland, ME 04106-5447.