Magazine article The Tracker

Obituaries: RICHARD C. LAHAISE

Magazine article The Tracker

Obituaries: RICHARD C. LAHAISE

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ON JANUARY 3, 2010, RICHARD C. "DICK" Lahaise passed away suddenly of a heart attack, at the age of 68. Well known among organists in the Boston area as a highly respected tuner and technician, he was also the last of a distinguished line of Lahaises who had worked in the organbuilding profession for four generations. Dick's grandfather, Erasme, had emigrated from Quebec in the late 19th century to work for Hook & Hastings and soon became one of their trusted installers. His sons Edward and Henri - Dick's uncle and father - continued to work for that firm until it closed in 1936, at which time the maintenance contracts were turned over to the two Lahaise brothers, who continued maintaining and rebuilding organs for the rest of their lives. In turn, Henri's sons, Richard and Robert, continued the business after his death under the name of Henri Lahaise & Sons. Dick had also honed his technical skills at Boston's Wentworth Institute, where he earned the Associate's degree.

After his brother Bob's untimely death from cancer in 1983, Dick carried on the business, with various assistants. Many of the organs he maintained were Hook or Hook & Hastings instruments that had been in the care of the Lahaise family for three generations, some since the day they were installed, including such well-known organs as those in Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral and Immaculate Conception Church, and the three early Hooks in Jamaica Plain. Dick took great pride in keeping these instruments in the best working order and tune and was extremely knowledgeable about their construction and mechanical details, to the point where other organ technicians sometimes asked his advice about such matters. …

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