Paul Ray­mond LaPorte

The Garden Island - - Pau Hana Time -

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.


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