Thomas "Frenchy" LaFleur
February 27, 2008
Thomas "Frenchy" LaFleur was born Nov. 26, 1957, good year for cars and a great year for those named Frenchy. Frenchy left this world way ahead of his time on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008. He grew up in New York State and was a huge Yankee fan. You rarely caught him without his Yankee baseball cap along with an enormous Yankee pride. Frenchy, like so many of us, left home after high school and headed West. He ended up in Park City in the late ’70s, and with his fun-loving attitude and great sense of humor, quickly became one of the more colorful characters in town. He bartended in several watering holes on Main, most notably as a whiskey slinger at The Club. He participated in all of the activities that were established back the early days of Park City including Clown Day, Hog Holiday and softball at the City Park. He loved to ski in a fast and furious fashion up and down the slopes until his famous six-pack-holding coat was empty. In the summer he enjoyed playing softball, barbecuing and just hanging out with friends. He also loved road trips. It didn’t matter if it was just to get out of Park City or to go visit friends and family, Frenchy was ready to go at a drop of a hat. Las Vegas and San Diego were two of his favorite destinations. His most famous line in preparation for one of these trips was, "OK, here’s the plan." You see, Frenchy was always in charge! Frenchy remained in Park City until the early to mid-1980s and then moved back East where he became a computer technician and started a family. Frenchy, you will be missed to no end!
Surviving are his mother, Elizabeth (CaJacob) LaFleur of California; former wife Maryanne (Somers) LaFleur, son, Daniel LaFleur, and daughter Krista LaFleur, all of West Milford, N.J.; two brothers, Steve LaFleur of California and Jim CaJacob of Oregon; and sister Diane Sheilds of California. He was predeceased by his father, William LaFleur.
Anyone wanting to share stories, pictures and celebrate Frenchy’s Life is welcome to an informal gathering at the No Name Saloon on Friday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.