TUPPER LAKE - Richard Emond Ayotte, 79, of Tupper Lake, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday morning of July 16, 2013 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
He was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Tupper Lake, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Safrona (Manor) Ayotte.
He attended Tupper Lake High School and continued his education while in the service. He went into the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War and Vietnam, with an honorable discharge in 1961. Mr. Ayotte was a truck driver his whole working career, driving for, WD Wilson Inc., drove his own truck, drove truck for Jerry Kavagnah and later La Londes trucking. Retiring in the mid 1990s.
There were many things that he liked to do, but a few of his favorite things were to go camping at Twin Rocks in Childwold and out in Westville. He also enjoyed reading and watching Western movies.
He is survived by his wife Shirley Ayotte, of 50 years; three sons: David Dufrain and fiancee Janice White, Stacey Ayotte and fiancee Jamie Martin and Alan and Melissa Ayotte, all Tupper Lake; three daughters: Tammy and Bob Rice, Lori and the late William LaTray Jr., all of Tupper Lake, and Ann and Keith Wilson of Westville; one sister Joanne and William Jackson of Liverpool; 17 grandchildren: Chad Clement, Cassie Alejandro, Gina Dufrain, Wendy Badore, Elizabeth Godin, Nicole LaPlante, Jessica Rice, Kayla Taylor, Jennifer Rice, Matthew Rice, Alex Ayotte, Aaron Ayotte, Alexis Ayotte, Kristin Ayotte, Richard Ayotte, Alan Ayotte, Robert Ayotte; and 13 great-grandchildren: Chad Jr., Hailey, Dustin, Ruben, Dominic, Jillian, Austin, Heath, Tyler, Nicholas, Kendyl, Anderson and Michael.
He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Safrona Ayotte; randdaughter Justine Ayotte; and many brothers and sisters: Irene Campbell, Florance La Fave, Fredrick Ayotte, Rita Wells, Ronald Ayotte and Gertrude Black.
Calling hours are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Holy Name Church in Tupper Lake. A reception will follow the burial at the VFW.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.