Eric Laplaca of Wellesley, Lacrosse player of Bowdoin College, passes away: Obituary

Wellesley, MA – The community of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is mourning the loss of Eric W. LaPlaca, a former Bowdoin College Lacrosse player, who passed away on Thursday, September 14th, 2023. The news of his passing was announced on Saturday, September 16th, through facebook. Eric, a cherished son, devoted spouse, and loving father, was remembered for his significant contributions both on and off the lacrosse field.

Born and raised in Wellesley, Eric Laplaca was a devoted son to his mother, Betsy (Crouse) LaPlaca, and late father, Charles P. LaPlaca. Charles, a well-known announcer for the Franklin Panthers football games and a prominent member of the community, left an indelible mark on the local sports scene.

Eric’s dedication extended beyond family, making him a devoted spouse to his wife Joanna Bergesen and a cherished father to his children Jessica, Claire, and Jordan. He was also a beloved brother to Matthew and Brian. During his high school years at Franklin High School in the late 1980s, Eric excelled in three different sports, leaving a lasting legacy in his community.

At Bowdoin College, Eric showcased his athletic prowess as a lacrosse player. His skills on the field were highlighted in various games, including a memorable victory against Amherst, where his outstanding performance set a new Bowdoin record for total yardage. Eric’s impact went beyond the game, earning him the affection and respect of his family, friends, and the community he called home.

The announcement of Eric’s passing came from Muli Trieste, a statement that echoed the collective sorrow and fond memories held for Eric. He will be forever remembered for his days in Trieste and the blue and gold colors he proudly wore as a Bowdoin College athlete in 1994.

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Muli Trieste said,

We received sad news from Boston: our Eric W. returned home to the Father on Thursday. LaPlaca.Bowdoin College native Eric in 1994 wore the colors blue and gold in the then Stars.Leaving wife Joanna and children Jessica, Claire and Jordan.Eric always fondly remembered his days in Trieste.

Eric Laplaca’s family will release details about his obituary and funeral arrangements at a later date, allowing the community to come together and celebrate the life of a man whose presence left an indelible mark in Wellesley and beyond.

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