Mr. Gary J. LaPierre

  • Born: April 14, 1942
  • Died: February 4, 2019
  • Location: of Ipswich, formerly of Reading, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family


The "Voice of New England"

Born on April 14, 1942, Gary was the Son of Francis and Esther (Davenport) LaPierre of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, where he was raised with his two older Sisters, and two younger Brothers. Gary's parents, both music instructors, regularly performed in a family orchestra with Gary on the drums. Gary graduated from Arms Academy in 1960, then moving to Boston where he attended Graham Junior College, which is where he met his future wife, Margaret (Peggy) O'Brien.

Gary and Peg were married in 1962 in St. Agnes Church in Reading, Massachusetts where they eventually settled and began a loving 56-year marriage until his passing.

Considered by many to be the "Voice of New England," Gary began his career in broadcast journalism announcing obituaries for local station WHAV in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1961. He got his big break in the business in 1964 when he started with WBZ Radio as a General News Reporter having previously interned in the mailroom.

Over his 40+ years at WBZ Radio and Television, Gary became the trusted voice of every major news event in the greater Boston area. From interviews with every President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, Gary built a reputation for integrity and excellence in Journalism. He received dozens of awards over the years, including the Edward R. Murrow award for Best Radio Newscast in 1997 and an honorary Doctorate from Emerson College in 1998. He was inducted into the WBZ Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Gary is survived by and was the beloved Husband to Peggy, devoted Father to Michael (wife, Maureen) and Dean (wife, Lysanne) and cherished Grandfather of Alex Lannan (wife, Emily), Kristen Lannan, and twins Nicole and Cameron LaPierre. He was a loving Great Grandfather to Brayden Lannan. He is also survived by his Mother, Esther, his siblings Carol (husband Robert) Brewer, Sandra Hobart, Richard (wife Joan) LaPierre and Robert (wife Pam) LaPierre along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Gary's Family on Thursday, February 7th from 3-8pm in the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM. Parking attendants and elevator are available.

A funeral mass celebrating Gary's life will be held on Friday, February 8th at 10:30am in St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St. READING. PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Gary's memory to The Salvation Army, 40 Water St. Newburyport, MA 01950 or to Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm St. Salisbury, MA 01952.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Many of my best Childhood memories Started by Mr Lapierre announcing " No School" for my town. I loved hearing that voice read the list as my excitment grew til I heard my town of Haverhill. Thank you for the memories.

Posted by Gould family - SC   June 23, 2019

Sending sincere sympathy to the LaPierre family. We didn't know Gary personally but we always listened to WBZ and Gary back in the day. We know Rick, his brother.

Posted by Paula and Richard Pulaski - Shelburne, MA   March 14, 2019

Dear Peggy, Joyce and I were saddened to hear of Gary's recent passing. We just found out last weekend. Gary and yourself were certainly wonderful neighbors in our Sea Place community. Please accept our sincere condolences for you and you family. Your Florida Neighbors at 120 Tide Watch, Jim and Joyce Buchholz

Posted by Jim & Joyce Buchholz - St. Augustine, FL - neighbor   February 22, 2019

Peggy, I am sad to hear the loss of your dear husband. My late husband, Mal and I had a wonderful time at your wedding. I have fond memories when we worked together at RCA in Burlington. May you find comfort in the many memories you shared together. In love and peace. Martha (Arnum) I live in Raleigh, NC.

Posted by Martha Arnum - Raleigh, NC - Coworker   February 14, 2019

Mrs LaPierre I am so sorry for your loss. I have always been grateful to have had such a wonderful dance teacher. The annual recitals were always full of excitement for the dancers, but you and your husband remained the calm, grounded center. Peace and sympathy.

Posted by Courtney Lewis - Berlin, MA - Acquaintance   February 13, 2019

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My deepest sympathy to all Gary's family and friends. I listened to him many times over the years on BZ 1030AM on my many trips into Boston. I grew up in Shelburne Falls and it was so special that he was "the voice" from our quaint town. I enjoyed listening to him, and especially when he had the segment on about how small is Shelburne Falls...the Jokes sure flew, and I'm sure helped put it on the map. My sincere condolences.
May he rest in peace.♡

Posted by Caren (Stafursky) Vitagliano - Nashua, NH   February 13, 2019

Gary was the definition of a Class Act. I had the privilege to work with him from time-to-time at WBZ radio and will always treasure the way he treated me when I was a newbie all the way through my time there. He was friendly, genuine and caring; he never seemed to notice that he was THE Gary LaPierre. Work is so rarely a pleasure for most, but working with him was always great. My condolences to all of the loss of this terrific, kind and generous man.

Posted by Julie Seitter - Littleton, MA - Coworker   February 09, 2019

I will always remember Gary when growing up in Shelburne Falls. My older sister was GAGA over him. My prayers for your family. May he rest in peace. Fred


Posted by Fred Billiel - Turners falls, MA - acquaintance   February 08, 2019

Our sincere condolences to you Peg. Wishing you peace at this most difficult time. Thinking of you from Florida, The Dance Company

Posted by Stephanie Burkhardt - St Augustine, FL - friend   February 08, 2019

Dear Peggy
My thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your husband Gary.
I met him once and he was my favorite newsman.I would like to talk to you so please call me up.My phone number is 7813309546 so I can say hello to you.
Hope to hear from you by phone.
Sincerely,
Susan Furman

Posted by Susan Furman - Waltham, MA - Friend   February 07, 2019

Peg, Michael and Dean, I wish I could be there, I just wanted to let you know how much Gary meant to me. I was his writer for about 4 years and learned so much from him, not only about radio, but how to handle the job with class. I will never forget him. He was the best. Thank you Gary.

Posted by Ed Donahue - Alexandria, VA - Coworker   February 07, 2019

Cousin Gary was like a brother to me growing up ,seeing we were close in age. As kids we player together, went fishing, played in the woods , swung off the grape vine and many more things. Gary, I forgive you for giving me the mumps..Gary was my bast friend. We were still close as teens.He will always be in my heart.

Peg, my prayers are have been and still are with you and all the family. I am sorry I can't be there but my health makes it so I can't be, but I am there in thought and spirit.
Love, Cousin Bonnie

Posted by Bonnie Lou Craig - Conway, MA - Family   February 07, 2019

He was my brother in law but more than that...my friend. We shared a lot over the years and I have always been so impressed that throughout his career with all the highlights and awards he remained the kid from Shelburne Falls....always had time for old friends...truly a down to earth nice guy....Rest in peace, my brother...

Posted by Bob Brewer - Vero Beach, FL - Friend   February 07, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy, Michael and Dean (and their spouses) for the loss of a great man. We grew up living next door to each other for many years and also kept a close relationship after they moved. I will cherish my ballet memories, going to the fish market, enjoying an amazing family and listening to Gary's magical voice. You will always be in my heart. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kelly Watts - Reading, MA - Friend   February 07, 2019

Gary was the best. My husband, George McCarthy, when he was Mayor of Everett in the late 60's and early 70's had many dealings with him. He was truly an inspiration to every one who listened to his voice and had a very calming effect on us. Deepest sympathy on this loss to your family. He will surely be missed by so many it would be difficult to say a number. Last time we met, it was at the Eagle House in Ipswich and I was so pleased to have done so. He truly was the greatest.

Posted by Charlotte McCarthy - Hamilton, MA - Friend   February 07, 2019

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To the LaPierre family. Gary was a wonderful son as well as a great family man. I have the pleasure of bringing the Eucharist to his mother who is 101 years young and a very sharp young lady. I grew up in Shelburne Falls and had the pleasure of hearing his voice every morning waiting for the no school announcement. What a wonderful family who will be in my prayers for years to come. So sorry Peg and sons.

Posted by Mary Meyers-Brooks - Shelburne Falls, MA - Family Friend   February 07, 2019

Peg and family, you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts weigh heavy for you all. Gary was brilliant, talented, dedicated, well respected and so very successful. More than that, he was a really good, down-to-earth guy. He was so generous and kind. And he had a wonderful sense of humor. He was devoted to Peg and his boys. They were his world. And he was a great friend and mentor to those lucky enough to call him that. He will be sorely missed by so so many. Keeping you all in our prayers. Rest easy my friend. Rest easy.....
Pam Benshimol Fink and Roger Fink

Posted by Pam Fink - Gilford, NH - Friend   February 07, 2019

Dear Peg, my thoughts are with you and your family. Gary was the guiding light for all of us in the BZ newsroom-his smile, his laughter, his integrity, his support were constants. There was no gray area when it came to reporting the facts. His sense of fairness and emphasis on good writing and thorough journalism were obvious immediately to any newcomer in the office. When I think of Gary I think of his honesty and his passion for getting the story and "getting it right." God bless him.

Posted by Jacquelyn Goddard - Boston, MA - Coworker   February 06, 2019

I have such fond memories of this wonderful friend to our family. Both Peg and Gary lived next door to us in Reading and influenced our entire family by their generosity and friendship. Peg's Lapierre school of Dance led all three of us, my Sister's and myself, to professional dance careers which we owe to this wonderful couple. Recitals were the best and always looked forward to Gary being the MC. Forty years later they were still so generous sending me an autographed picture of Gary to me for my fan loving boss who found out that I had the connection to them in my early childhood. No questions asked, they just sent it up to me in New Hampshire, even though I hadn't seen them in years. My boss was thrilled, and I probably was her favorite for a long time. Wish I could be at the gathering but I am unable to attend. Please know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Love to the whole family, Sarah (Parsons) Tompkins

Posted by Sarah Tompkins - Dover, NH - Friend   February 06, 2019

I didn't know Gary, but I always enjoyed his presence on the radio and loved his unique and pleasant voice. I know Gary through his son Michael who I've worked with, played tennis with, and been a friend of for many years. Michael is as people describe Gary--a kind and respectful person, a friend to all, and blessed with many talents. Thousands of us have been touched by Gary and his legacy. My condolences to Gary's family.

Posted by Laury Hamm - Cambridge, MA - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

Gary has been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard he was sick. He was a wonderful person. I got to know him working at WBZ. I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob Davis

Posted by Bob Davis - Saugus, MA - Coworker   February 06, 2019

in 1973 I was lucky to be the first woman on WBZ radio (overnight weekends but still...)and blessed that the guys who greeted me were Dave, Gil ....and Gary. What a gracious, consummate pro. To watch his command of the airwaves (did he ever even say um!? ) and his leadership in the newsroom, was a privilege. Of so few can you say, they were the best! Plus..oh ...so funny. We were lucky to have him in our daily lives for as long as we did...thanks to his family for sharing him with New England (those hours are brutal) ..so sorry for your loss ..and ours.. he will be long missed. With sadness ..but wonderful memories, Robin Young

Posted by robin young - cambridge, MA - Coworker   February 06, 2019

Gary LaPierre was, in so many ways, the voice of Boston's golden era of Broadcast News. Gary set the gold bar standard for honesty, objectivity, compassion and empathy in reporting the most difficult stories. Proud to have known him. In an era of bloated egos, Gary was a down to earth gentleman with a tremdendous sense of humor. I'll miss him - and that "voice" that gave us the REAL news for several generations.

Posted by Garry Armstrong - 290 Aldrich Street, Uxbridge, MA - friend   February 06, 2019

to the lapierre family,
so so sorry for the passing of gary. He was one the best radio news anchor in boston radio history

rich cerasale

Posted by rich cerasale - billerica, MA - Acquaintance   February 06, 2019

Peg...My sincerest condolences to your family. Garys career will be an inspiration and has been an inspiration to many new
reporters and will be to more. His life was well spent. I met him back in his mailroom days and encouraged him to get
on the air (if for no reason other than that our birthdays were the same). I recall informing him that 4/14/ was the
date Lincoln was shot but that he didnt die till the 15th! Having recently lost my wife after 66yrs Compassion is my
Middle name. Love
Jack Borden

Posted by Jack Borden - Lexington, MA - coworker   February 06, 2019

Dear Peg and Family - we want you to know that you have been in our hearts, thoughts and prayers daily. We so regret that we will be unable to attend Gary's service and tell you, in person, how much we loved Gary and will miss him. Peg, you and Gary are like family to us and you were particularly important in the lives of Mom and Dad. They loved you both very much. We feel fortunate to have shared many wonderful times with both of you and send you our heartfelt love and deepest sympathy. The Bailey Family - friends from St. Augustine, FL.

Posted by Joanie Thornton - ST AUGUSTINE, FL - Friend   February 06, 2019

I worked at WBZ Radio and TV in the 60's & 70's, and produced a number of Public Service Announcements with Gary. He was a huge talent, a gentleman and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. My deepest sympathy to the entire LaPierre family. He will be missed by SO many! His voice and his contributions will live on!

Posted by R Nysko - Waltham, MA - Coworker   February 06, 2019

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The LaPierre Family is in our thoughts and prayers!!! We send our sincere condolences ..we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Gary was truly a legend !!! I went to school with his brother Robert.My mom knew he his mom and they recently reunited at Poet Seat a few yrs back being able to catch up on younger years in Shelburne Falls.They would visit daily.Such a lovely family!!! My heart goes out to the LaPierre family and you are all in our thoughts and prayers durring this time.Gary will be forever remembered,loved by many and missed

Posted by Ruth ( Chadwick) Beckwith - Shelburne Falls, MA - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

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We are very saddened to hear of your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Carel & Molly Pretorius - Needham, MA - Friend   February 06, 2019

To Gary's Family, I extend my sympathies. I am a 55-year 'BZ addict and had the pleasure of Gary accompanying me to work each morning for a long time. He was a class act and a true professional. I often think about him when in the car listening to the AM news - there was only one Gary, as there was only one Larry, one David and one Jerry. May Gary rest in peace. Best, Steve

Posted by Steve Marx - Sharon, MA - Friend   February 06, 2019

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Grew up in the same area as Gary and knew his mom and dad and friends with his brother Rick. Went to the same broadcasting school in Boston as Gary and he invited me out to WBZ and gave me a tour of the station and introduced me to some of the talent there including Don Kent, Dave Maynard and Big Brother Bob Emery. Gary was a talented man and also one of the finest gentlemen I have ever know. Rest in Peace man and my love and condolences to his family.

Posted by David Scrivens - Rowe, MA - Friend   February 06, 2019

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Wishing for Mike, Dean, and the LaPierre family peace and comfort as they embrace Gary's memory knowing his voice and presence will be missed but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Jim The Santoro Family - Stoneham, MA - Friend   February 06, 2019

Peg, my deepest sympathies to you and your sons. God Speed Gary, you are missed

Posted by Jann Davis - Canton, MA - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

Sending love to the La Pierre family at this difficult time.

Posted by Tracy Goodman - Andover, MA - Neighbor   February 06, 2019

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Dear Lapierre Family Rory and I wish to extend our condolences's to Peg 'Brien on the loss of her husband Gary whom shall be missed very much especially his voice on the radio.thinking of the Lapierre Family/condolences's.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA - Friend   February 06, 2019

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Dear Lapierre Family Rory and I would luv to extend our condolences's on the loss of Gary Lapierre and he'll surely be missed and may he rest in peace.luv,faith/rory

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

Thinking of the LaPierre Family at the difficult time. Gary was a legend. I was always amazed at how quickly he read the school closings always emphasizing Reading. Proud to have a Radio Star living in our town.

Posted by Donna Sullivan - Wilmington, MA - Neighbor   February 05, 2019

I would hear Gary's amazing voice on WBZ, as a young person growing up. He will be so missed, by so many. Your voice is still now, but will never be forgotten

Posted by Jan Cheevet - Stoneham, MA - Acquaintance   February 05, 2019

Peg, Our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Henry and Joan McManus - belchertown, MA - Friend   February 05, 2019

I love you Dad...

Posted by Michael LaPierre - Beverly, MA - Son   February 05, 2019


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