Mr. Edward ‘Ted’ LaCroix, 74, of Great Valley, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Hospice Center in Buffalo following a long illness.
Born Dec. 29, 1940, in Salamanca, he was a son of the late Edward and June Fuller LaCroix. He was married Aug. 11, 1991, on the Chautauqua Belle in Bemus Point, to Amy DeTine, who survives.
Mr. LaCroix grew up in Allegany State Park and competed in many interstate skiing competitions there and around the state, earning numerous medals in cross-country skiing, downhill and giant slalom racing and 30/50 meter ski jumps, as well as combined events.
Mr. LaCroix was a graduate of Randolph High School, Class of 1958. He had been employed at Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville for 29 years, retiring in 2005 as the general manager of food service. He previously had driven a school bus for the Salamanca City School District, was a barber at the former Doug’s Barber Shop in Salamanca, a cashier at the A&P grocery store and a bartender at the former Salamanca Moose Lodge.
He served three terms as councilman for the town of Great Valley and was the deputy supervisor for the town of Great Valley. He also served on the Cattaraugus County Fair Board for more than nine years.
Ted was an avid New York Yankees fan, coached Junior League All-Star baseball teams, and was a faithful Oakland Raiders football fan. He enjoyed the outdoors: hunting, skiing and golfing. In his retirement, he renewed his love of horses and became an adept trainer, especially with his own American paint horses. Ted enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Surviving besides his wife are four children, Mary Kay (Earl) Jenks of Barre, Tim LaCroix of Winston Salem, NC, Jay (Peggy Ognen) LaCroix of Ellicottville, and Suzie (Dan) Stone of Jamestown; one brother, Terry (Paula) LaCroix of Salamanca; five grandchildren, Katie Manfre of Hamlin, Jessica and Nicholas LaCroix of Ellicottville and Brianna and Bryce Stone of Jamestown; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 11 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellicottville with the Rev. Michael Lonto, pastor of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo Hospice or the Ellicottville/Great Valley Recreational Trail.