LEBANON - Benjamin M. LaPanne, loving son, doting father and loyal friend, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in North Berwick after a long struggle with addiction.
He was born in Calais, Maine, before his family moved to Lebanon, where Ben was active in Pee-Wee football, baseball and lacrosse. As he grew older, his love of football grew bigger and he excelled on the Noble Football field. His love of the game continued long after high school days and he was currently a member of the Seacoast Warhawks, an NEFL Semiprofessional football league. In honor of Ben, the NEFL game on August 19 will be a benefit game for his children's future.
Ben had been a carpenter by trade for years, and quite talented. He had worked for various carpenters, among them were Shawn Hanson, Matt O'Mera, R.J. LaPanne Builders and currently at Creative Coast Construction.
Ben will be remembered as such a happy kid; full of charm with a smile that could light up the room.
He grew up in Lebanon and attended the Union Free Will Baptist Church in West Lebanon. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and camping with his close group of friends he had there. Ben shot his first big buck in back of his family's home and was so proud of himself for his abilities. He loved all aspects of the outdoors but his first true love was that of his family; especially his three children, Joshua, Kaia and Mariah. They were his shining light and center of his world. His light will continue to shine through them.
Ben will forever be missed by his parents, Richard and Shelley (Turgeon) LaPanne, his brother, David LaPanne and his companion Amanda Ouellette; maternal grandmother, Frances Turgeon, all of Lebanon; paternal grandmother Alice LaPanne of Rochester, N.H.; his son, Joshua Peters of Sanford; two daughters Kaia and Mariah LaPanne of Springvale as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.