Paul Raymond LaPorte
Paul Raymond LaPorte, professional artist, passed away in Waimea on Aug. 3, 2017. He suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was born on Dec. 14, 1953, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was 63. He lived in Kekaha and is well known in the art commnuity of Hanapepe. Friends called him “the painter to the stars,” as his work is in the collections of Harrison Ford, Pierce Brosnan and Jeremy Irons, who all came across his work on Kauai.
He attended Worcester Boys Trade School, graduating in 1969. He liked working with his hands, and as a teenager he would draw murals on his bedroom wall to reflect some sort of scenery. He loved to travel and looked forward to weekends when he could hitch a ride to the White Mountains in New Hampshire or some deep woods of Maine. In 1978 he told his family that he and some friends would be going to California, where he then made his way to Hawaii.
He was preceded in death by father Donald LaPorte in 1988.
He is survived by mother Rose Burton of Auburn, Massachusetts, brothers Denis Laporte of Rutland Massachusetts, Robert LaPorte of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sisters Norma LaPorte (Hughes) of Lakeland, Florida, Doreen LaPorte of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Cheryl LaPorte (Torosian) of Oxford, Massachusetts, and Tina LaPorte (Conley) of Worcester, Massachusetts, and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A “Paul Party” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at the west side of Salt Pond Beach Park, pavilion #2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It is potluck and BYOB. Look for the pink flamingo. Cemetery.
Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family.