Charles N. Janson-LaPalme ’55 died on November 10, 2015, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
(The following appeared in The Plain Dealer on Nov. 14, 2015):
ANSON-LAPALME CHARLES JANSON-LAPALME, a long-time resident in the Boston area, died Nov. 8, 2015, at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester, Mass. He was 82 years old. A native of Brockton, he attended local schools and then enrolled at Bowdoin College in Maine. After graduation he served two years in the military and then found employment at New England Confectionary Company. In later years he worked in Holyoke, Mass. and in Maine, serving in several different capacities before returning to NECCO. In 1989 the corporate headquarters of Fanny Farmer moved to Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and he transferred with the company as production manager. After retiring from the firm in 1998, he remained at his Brecksville home until his illness forced him to return to Massachusetts, where he spent the remaining two and a half years of his life in Worcester. During his college years at Bowdoin, Charles enjoyed the friendship of his fraternity brothers in Alpha Delta Phi. He was very involved with singing groups, both on campus and in the town of Brunswick itself. He continued his interest in music in later life, becoming very involved with Barbershop singing, especially. One highlight of his life was traveling for several weeks throughout England with a large group of members of the “Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America”, in hopes of spreading interest in this form of singing, so popular in the United States. In his quiet and friendly way, Charles made solid friends wherever he lived and worked. His family and friends will miss him very much. He leaves two brothers, Edmond of Yarmouth Port, Mass., and Robert, Chestertown, MD; also a sister, Sr. Marie Beatrice, S.N.D. in Windsor, Conn., many cousins, and neighbors and friends in Ohio. Funeral services were at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester, and burial was at Sacred Heart cemetery in North Andover.