November 21, 1951 - November 18, 2017
Robert Walter LaForce, age 65, of Concord Township, passed away November 18, 2017 at his home from pancreatic cancer. Robert was born in Painesville on November 21, 1951, the son of the late Robert E. and Margaret (nee Horvath) LaForce and remained an area resident his entire life, living in Willoughby and Concord Township. He attended school in Willoughby, then went on to graduate from Ohio University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He also spent 3 years in the US Marine Corps before being honorably discharged. After graduation, Robert worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Lake County and then had a private practice for many years. Outside of his profession, Robert was an active member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and volunteered for many area non-profits. He served on the Board of Head Start, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, served on the United Way Committee, and was a volunteer attorney for Hospice of the Western Reserve and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. In his spare time, he enjoyed infrared photography and won several ribbons for his work and was proud to have 3 of his pictures wrapped around utility boxes in Painesville.
Robert is survived by his wife, Sandra S. (nee Fanslow); children, Melanie LaForce, PhD (Dave Abbott) and Dustin LaForce; siblings, Cheryl (Brian) Rice, Caren (Tim) Tennant, Connie (Ed) Orosz, and Kevin (partner, Jill Oster). He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joey LaForce.