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Ralph R. Lachance

November 10, 1932 ~ October 31, 2023

Ralph R. Lachance, 90, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on October 31, 2023. He was born in Lewiston, Maine on November 10, 1932 to Joseph and Clementine Lachance. He had been a resident of Maine for many years, before moving to Florida in the 1980’s. Ralph graduated from Lewiston High School in 1951, and enlisted in the Navy after graduation; retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was married to Elaine Y. Whitehouse, the love of his life, until she passed in 1978. In 1980, he was fortunate to meet his 2nd great love, Patricia G. Tifft, who remained his life-long companion until his passing.

Ralph loved his time in the Navy, often reflecting on the many friends/shipmates and adventures from those days. He loved his family and friends, and time spent at Mousam Lake in Shapleigh, Maine. He had a life-long interest in motorcycles, especially Harleys, loved to dance, was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed watching football with family. He could take apart, fix, and build most anything, and was always willing to lend a hand with any project. We have no doubt he is busy fixing something in heaven.

He is survived by his life companion Pat Tifft; his sister-in-law Sonia Woodrum, and his three children: Bruce R. Lachance, Cheryl E. Chick and husband Andrew Jones, and Steven R. Lachance and wife Patti. He is also survived by grandchildren: Elaine Lachance Treece, Joseph Lachance, Steven Lachance II, Nicole Lachance Atkins, and great grandchildren: Ayden Lachance, Raelynn Treece, Cardyn Treece, and Maxwell Atkins. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, his wife Elaine Lachance, his brother Robert Lachance, and his sister Yvette Maillet.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring, details are pending. If desired, donations may be made to: Mousam Lake Region Association at, US Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation at, or VNA & Hospice at

Arrangements are under the direction of Millennium Cremation Service. Condolences may be shared online at:


Cheryl Chick

November 6, 2023, 3:26 pm

The family of Ralph Lachance would like to gather photos for his celebration of life in the spring. If you wish to contribute a photo for this collection, please send to

Kathleen & Joseph Barry

November 6, 2023, 9:14 pm

So sorry for you loss. He had wonderful children and his second love to look out for him. Love and prayers for you and family. ❤️ Kath & Joe

Sue LaChance

November 6, 2023, 10:08 pm

My deepest heartfelt condolences to you all. I have treasured memories of your Dad. May he rest in peace. Love,Sue

Karen Landon

November 7, 2023, 2:07 pm

Sorry for your loss Pat. I always enjoyed playing tennis with both of you and after tennis at Kelly”s!

Jim Sandman

November 7, 2023, 9:27 pm

Dear Patricia, family and friends of Ralph,
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans, we offer our sincere condolences at Ralph´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are always saddened whenever a fellow “Bubblehead” departs on Eternal Patrol. He served with honor on the USS Taconic AGC-17, USS Fulton AS-11, USS Tusk SS-426, USS Skate SSN-578, USS Skylark ASR-20, USS Simon Lake AS-33, USS Jallao SS-368, USS Carp SS-338 and USS Albacore AGSS-569.
To our “Brother-of-the-Phin” we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Fair Winds and Following Seas.” Thank you for your service to our country.
Patricia and family… “may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV).
Jim Sandman, FTC(SS) Ret,
National Chaplain, USSVI.

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