Richard Joseph "Dick" Labrecque, 82, of Oro Valley, Arizona, passed away peacefully on June 23 following a several-month battle against large cell lymphoma.\n\nHe was born to Eugene and Ludivine (Roy) Labrecque and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the youngest of 11 children. He attended Central Catholic High School, then Tufts University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962. While in college he married Janet Michaud of Methuen, Massachusetts, to whom he was married for almost 61 years, until his death. They had three children: David Labrecque (Rebecca Perry) of Becket, Massachusetts; Lisa Labrecque (D. Gene Gay) of Sebastopol, California; and Susan Leader (John) of Tucson, Arizona. While at Tufts Dick enrolled in the General Electric apprentice program as a tool and die maker, was hired by GE after graduation to work as a manufacturing engineer, then became manager of the department.\n\nDick went on to management positions with various divisions of Colt Industries from 1967 to 1982, ultimately running Fairbanks Morse Pumps and then Quincy Compressor. In 1971 he earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Union College in Schenectady. He finished his career as Executive Vice President of ITT Industries/President and CEO of ITT's Fluid Technology Corporation.\n\nOver the years Dick was an active member of the Hydraulic Institute, serving on the Board of Directors and in posts as President and Chairman.\n\nIn 1998 Dick and Janet retired to Oro Valley, Arizona, just north of Tucson, where he spent his last two decades playing golf, developing new friendships, and getting to know his three grandchildren--Erin, Laura, and Sean Leader.\n\nHe had a huge heart and his generosity knew no bounds. He loved his family deeply and developed lasting friendships over the decades with business associates from around the globe. Dick was funny, told great jokes, played the piano, loved to entertain, and was good at card tricks. He left this world in much the same way he approached life and business: with determination and focus on his final task, spending less than 24 hours in home hospice. He passed surrounded by three generations of his loving family, who were devoted to his care through his final days.\n\nHe is survived by his wife, three children, and three grandchildren as well as three sisters, Sr. Theresa Labrecque (Saco, Maine), Sr. Lillian Labrecque (Quebec, Canada), and Sr. Pauline Labrecque (Beloit, Wisconsin); two brothers, Louis Labrecque (Salem, New Hampshire), and Albert Labrecque (Boca Raton, Florida); and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is planned for October 9 in Massachusetts, and there will be a scattering of ashes on what would have been his 83rd birthday, December 19, in Arizona. Donations may be made in his memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.\n\n.