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Tom LaRose Put a Good Swing On Everyday of His Life

BY DAVE SHEA

Tom LaRose Sr. had a special love for playing a match in a round of golf with friends.

Whether it was his partner or the opponents he was a constant source of encouragement constantly offering sound advice "Put a good swing on it".

He lived that that advice in every day of his family and professional life where he "put a good swing" on every day until he passed away peacefully on Aug. 30 at the AdventHealth Hospital in DeLand Florida.

Some of his best swings, on and off the golf course, came in his final 15 years, as he battled ill health which required several surgeries. His final years were also brilliantly brightened by the total love he gave and received from his grand daughter Arianna.

Tom LaRose Jr. spoke of that relationship between grand father and grand daughter in a Facebook post shortly after the passing of his father.

"I don’t know what to say Dad but I love you. You always put your family first and never let us down!! You were a fighter with over 15 years of surgeries which finally today they could not make this one work. I’m so glad you got to see your grand daughter grow up in the early years of her life. Arianna loves you immensely and always made you smile. Glad you got to spend that time with her so now please keep and eye on her from up above in between having fun with all your friends up there. Say hi to Normie, Grandpa John, Grandma and Grandpa Burgess, Mr. Augsbury, Tony, Ken, Russ, Teddy and the rest of the gang.

I(we) will take care of Mom don’t you worry. "

Tom LaRose Sr. was born in Ogdensburg on June 13, 1949 and was dubbed "Chipper" by his boyhood friends. The name stuck throughout his life where he lived in Ogdensburg until he and his wife of 50 years, Linda, retired to DeLand FL. in 2008. The doors of their Florida home were always open to friends and visitors from the North Country often found themselves on a course and being urged to "put a good swing on it".

Throughout his life he was a strong supporter and coach of youth and his family has asked that donations to honor Tom may be made in his name to the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, 610 Paterson St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

The obituary of Thomas LaRose Sr. provided by the Alavon Direct Cremation Service in South Daytona FLA follows.

Thomas E. LaRose, Sr. June 13, 1949 - August 30, 2020 Thomas E. LaRose, Sr. passed away peacefully early Sunday, August 30, 2020 at AdventHealth Hospital in DeLand, Florida. He was born June 13, 1949 in Ogdensburg, NY to John W. and Norma (Houmiel) LaRose. He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Linda Burgess LaRose, two sons, Thomas E. LaRose, Jr. (Rebecca) and granddaughter Arianna LaRose of Sanford, FL and Michael J. LaRose (Kate) who currently live and work in Ningbo, China. He is also survived by his only brother, Timothy J. LaRose (Mary) of Mineral Ridge, OH and their children John, Ann Marie and Kathleen, and many other cousins, nieces & nephews. Thomas graduated from St. Mary's Academy inOgdensburg 1949 and received a B.S. in Business Administration from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY. He was employed with The Augsbury Corporation, The Augsbury Organization as Internal Auditor, Administration Manager for St. Lawrence Pulp & Paper, and Assistant Project Manager for Adirondack Hydro Development Corp.

In 1983 Thomas and his wife founded T.L.T.M. Associates, Inc., a Management Consulting firm specializing in small business tax accounting. Within a few years their business expanded into a retail equipment store, TLTM Sports and added TLTM Trophies & Engraving.

They operated these businesses until retiring to DeLand, FL in 2008. He was also a licensed independent insurance agent for multiple companies during his career.

He was a Life Member of BPOElks Lodge #772, Ogddensburg, NY. Thomas coached various youth sport teams and supported his community. His favorite pastime was playing golf with his friends.

Note: Friends were often given a club to try out from the TLTM Sports Shop and as they left the shop were urged by the owner to "put a good swing on it".

Advice to remember by a man who will always be remembered fondly by his many friends.

Tom LaRose Sr. with his grand daughter Arianna. Photos compiled by Tom LaRose Jr.


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