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Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
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Julian LaCourse

Julian H. LaCourse

Wednesday, April 9th, 1930 - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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MASSENA - Mr. Julian H. LaCourse, 88, of East Hatfield Street passed away peacefully on March 20, 2019 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family. As per the family’s request, there will be no public calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the summer.

Julian was born April 9, 1930 in Massena, the son of the late Horace H. and Juliette (Mathieu) LaCourse. Julian graduated from Massena High School in 1948. He married Phyllis Brockway on November 27, 1952 (Thanksgiving Day) at St. Mary Church in Fort Covington with Reverend Edmund Dumas officiating.

After graduating from high school, Julian started his career at Alcoa in 1948. He proudly served his country during the Korean War from 1951 – 53. After the war, he returned to work at Alcoa. He attended evening classes at Canton ATC earning an Associates Degree. He continued to work at Alcoa for 44 years until his retirement in 1992. Julian retired as the Director of Computer Operations for Alcoa Massena Operations.

Julian is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Phyllis; two daughters, Kathleen (Tim) Ahlfeld and Lisa Barry, both of Massena; one son, Michael (Natalie) LaCourse of Cocoa Beach, Florida. He is also survived by six (6) grandchildren: Jessica MacKellar, Nicholas (Karen) Ahlfeld and Samantha Ahlfeld; Gavin and MacKenzie Lacourse; and Alexandar Barry. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Julian was predeceased by his son Mark and five (5) brothers Marcel, Lionel (Pete), Claude, Guy and Ronald LaCourse.

Julian was known for his calm demeanor and quick wit. He could talk about any subject and always made you feel better about yourself after a conversation. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed spending the summer months on the river at his camp on Pointe LeBlanc in Quebec. He especially enjoyed the evenings relaxing around the fire reading. However, nothing could top his love for his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching them participate in all of their activities.

Julian was very active in the community. He served on the Massena Central School Board of Education including 5 years as President. He also served on the St Joseph’s Parish Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley and Trinity Catholic School.
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  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    Maple Street
    MASSENA, NY 13662
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    Private services later in the spring


  • American Legion
  • Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree


Donations are being accepted for: HOSPICE OF ST LAWRENCE VALLEY INC.


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Tim Ahlfeld

Posted at 08:20pm
I can remember the first time I met Julian. Of course at that time, it was Mr. LaCourse. It was May of 1980. I was picking up the love of my life, his daughter Kathleen, for the prom. We were juniors in high school.

I knocked on the door with much trepidation. Phyllis answered and immediately made me feel comfortable and at ease. She has a great gift of making people feel relaxed. Mike and Lisa were out and about doing their thing. Kathleen came out in her prom dress and I was thinking I am the luckiest guy in the world right now.

Phyllis called for Julian to come and say goodbye to us. I didn’t know what to expect. But looking back, I now know that what I saw was Julian at his best. He came up from the basement. He had been painting. He had on his “dungarees” and an old shirt. He smiled and greeted me. I reached out my hand (like my Dad taught me to do) and he did the same. Phyllis said ... and I quote “Julian I told you to get cleaned up.” He smiled and laughed. I smiled and laughed. I’m sure you can all see that.

I attended Potsdam State to study Computer Science. The reason I became interested in computers had everything to do with the conversations Julian and I had while I was in high school. I can honestly say I never met a man brighter than him. He had a grasp on a huge variety topics. He was well versed but extremely humble.

Julian was a strong, proud, tough man. He was born in the midst of the Great Depression. Like most of the greatest generation, they just got things done. However I did notice a huge weak spot, or as they say a “dent in the armor”. It was grandchildren.

Our daughter Jessica was the first of his six beloved grandchildren. I can vividly remember this strong, proud, tough guy in Canton-Potsdam Hospital In September 1985 holding her. It was interesting to see but if you know the man you can see that side of him. And history repeated itself with the birth of Nicholas, Samantha, Gavin, MacKenzie and Alexandar.

Julian you left an impression on a lot of people, but especially me. I loved your sense of humor, your slant on the political landscape but most importantly your dedication to family.

Rest In Peace Dad.


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Posted at 02:57pm
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Ron LeRoux

Posted at 06:13am
It saddened me to learn of the death of Julian LaCourse, My condolences to his family and friends, Our relationship started out professionally in 1969 working at Alcoa with him in my first job after college and then for him. I learned a lot from him, especially about the importance of family. My career took me out of Massena three times. But I feel fortunate to have been here when he retired and to occasionally bump into him when he was out shopping or dining always with some of his family still laughing and enjoying life,

Dick Johnston

Posted at 02:07pm
Saddened to learn of the death of Julian LaCourse. My relationship with him was professional rather than personal when he was an influential member of the Massena Board of Education. His calm demeanor masked a very subtle intellect not easily deceived by subterfuge or deceit.His approach to an issue was always thoughtful and analytical and when searching for answers could be relentless. His easy smile made him affable and approachable but he was not influenced by emotion or intimidation. Julian had the uncanny ability to recognize when he and the board were being manipulated and was fiercely protective of the board's responsibilities to the public. He was a fine human being and devoted community member. Dick Johnston, Maryville, Tenn.

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Posted at 12:11pm
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