Published in the June 10, 2016 edition.
He was born in Woburn, Oct. 4, 1955, son of the late Hervey D. and Barbara (Court) Lafond.
Hervey was a communication technician for FEMA of Maynard. He was a member of Holy Family of Nazareth Parish and Sons of the American Revolution.
He was a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, serving from 1974 to 2002, with 26 years in the Army National Guard. He was a Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer trained in anti-terrorism. His awards and decorations include The Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Canadian Airborne Wings, Norwegian Winter Warfare Badge.
Hervey D. Lafond Jr. was a dedicated father, husband and soldier. He graduated from Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School in the Class of 1973. After high school he joined the United States Army making rank of Warrant Officer 2 in the Special Forces. He served nine years of active duty and a total of 35 years including the Massachusetts Army National Guard. In his in time in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, he earned the Bronze Star Medal. He earned his master’s parachute badge and trained in anti-terrorism force protection.
He continued his education at the Control Data Institute where he studied computers from 1983-1984. When he returned from his active tour of duty he soon started to work for FEMA as a telecommunication specialist in 2004 and retired in 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Ann (Lamolinare) Lafond of Lancaster; one son, Daniel Lafond and his wife Flavia of Leominster; one daughter, Lea Lafond of Lancaster; one stepson, William Antonucci and his wife Deanna of Westminster; one brother, Craig Lafond and his wife Terri of Maryland; two sisters, Cindy Fortune Cook and her husband, William Cook MD, of Amesbury and Cheryl Drews and her husband Phillip of Wakefield; one stepsister, Caren Vanderley, of Belmont, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was an active member and past president of the Colonial Figure Skating Club in Boxborough. He was an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of the Descendants of the Mayflower Society. He was an active member of Holy Family of Nazareth Church in Leominster.
He enjoyed his many travels with the military and with his
family. Within his travels he
enjoyed hunting, skiing, farming and fishing.
Mr. Lafond’s funeral will be held Monday, June 13, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union St., Leominster, with Military Honors. Burial will be at a later date. There are no calling hours.
Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West St., Leominster, is
To light a candle, sign his guestbook or leave a message of condolence, please visit www.wrightroyfuneralhome.com.