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Lawrence Joseph Lachance
pictured with brother Paul
|<---1963 Arlington, VA
2005 San Diego CA--->
See the Photos
section of this site for more.
|Because information is already
available about individuals if one knows where to look,
I decided to just let you know everything up front...this
way ... you don't have to go out looking!
name is Lawrence, I go by Larry, or anything else you'd
like to call me except "late to dinner"! Since
1992 I have lived in Jacksonville, Florida, and since May
2000, alone (except for my dog Odin- until he passed in September 2007). I am unwillingly single,
with light brownish hair (with a just a bit of gray), hazel
(sometimes greenish, sometimes grayish) eyes, about 190
lbs (more or less depending on the season) and I stand right
at 6 feet tall. I love to travel when I can, going to Maine, visiting new places, going to theme parks, sitting home, designing web pages, and
of course, genealogy. You will most often find me glued
to my computer working on these pages, or searching for
more family and thoroughly enjoying it. I also tend to like
to cook a lot. I can't be a Chef because I have no formal
training, but most seem to like my cooking. Some have even been suggested that I open a restaurant - HA!
- On with the personal stuff...and the rest of the story
||Lawrence Joseph Lachance
||I was named after my "step-grandfather"
Lawrence Joseph McKenna, husband of my grandmother, Valdora
DesJardins. I am the youngest of two sons of parents Anna
Elizabeth Bussell and Wilfred Bernard Lachance. My "Lachance
blood" grandfather was Antoine Lachance son of Joseph
Lachance and Malvina d'Aoust.
||Wednesday - September 02,
Joseph's General Hospital
703 Main Street
Paterson, New Jersey
on the picture to visit St. Joseph's"
||Virgo (I've been
accused of actually being a "stereotypical" Virgo
- ouch, that hurts.)
under Virgo tend too be neat and exacting, but sometimes
petty and overly fussy. (smirk) They are reliable,
practical, and diligent, but they can sometimes seem picky
or overly critical to people who aren't as discriminating
as they are. Because of their responsibility and attention
to detail, people born under Virgo tend to be perfectionists.
They can seem demanding and critical. The great strength
of the Virgo-born is in their attention to detail and
their desire to be of service. Their commitment to helping
others makes them one of the most giving characters of
Interested in reading the full report???
Click on the "Report" Link.
||I decided to take a personality
test on line once, just to see what it said. My results
were "true to form". About me, it said... "These
people are easy speakers. They tend to idealize their friends.
They make good parents, but have a tendency to allow themselves
to be used. They make good therapists, teachers, executives,
and salespeople." Gee, go figure...and I've been in
sales how long now??? Take the test
for yourself....see what you are...click the link to the
left to find out.
Citizen - Quebeçois (50%) and English, Austrian,
Indian and some other unknown (the other 1/2) roots.
Places I've Lived
I've lived in New Jersey, Virginia, Okinawa, North Dakota,
Texas and Florida. I play the lottery every week (obviously
haven't won yet), I enjoyed 10 1/2 years with my bald "blue" doberman before he passed in September 2007,
and I work (sometimes very hard!)...and for the most part,
most people think I'm an "OK" sorta guy.
| Home Address
FL USA 32223
Phone Number - (904) 268-1348
Cell Phone - (904) 588-8361
"why not list it, you can get it in the phone book
Want to know
what it's like here? Visit the Official Home Page by clicking
on "Jacksonville" in the address above.
part is also known as: Everything you may NOT
want to know!
This is the part where I get to tell you all about me, where
I've been and what I've done with my life so far. In that
this is a task, in and of itself....to write about oneself,
I decided to create a separate page...sort of my own "synopsized"
auto-biography. If you really have nothing else to
do...and you insist on learning more about me, feel free
to click on the link to
"About My Life" page here, or on the left.
Security Alarm Business
Security - Link
Click on the logo to visit our Performance Security Home
Page. Having left Honeywell in 1997, I returned in April
of 2002. Honeywell sold the division in 2004 and we became
HSM. Being sold again in December 2006 to Stanley, it
was time to think about my future. It is the Security
industry that I know best, and do the best at...so why
not make it on my own? Along with Bill Downing, we are
||The Complete List!
|Oakland Elementary School (see
a photo by clicking here)
(I attended Kindergarten in what is now the Oakland Public
Library - see picture at left)
Robert E. Lee Elementary School
(This building is now a Recreation Center)
5722 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
Nottingham Elementary School (see
a photo by clicking here)
5900 Little Falls Road
Arlington, VA 22207
|Junior High School
||Williamsburg Jr. High School (Visit
Williamsburg ~ Click Here}
(Now known as Williamsburg Middle School)
3600 N. Harrison Street
Arlington, VA 22207
|Oakton High School
(Visit Oakton High School ~ Click Here}
(Ahhh, yes, I did...graduate that is...Class of 1971)
2900 Sutton Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22181
|Northern Virginia Community College
(see a photo by clicking here)
or click on the catalog to visit their Home Page
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
Associate in Applied Science
Fire Protection Administration
Click on A.A.S. above to see Fire Science Program Requirements
Life At Work
(also known as, I've done far to many things already)
||This isn't a resume, and I don't intend
to make it one...but, needless to say, in this many years,
one truly CAN have done a lot of different things....I am
|The Early Years
|1968 ~My first REAL job! Yorktown
Shell, Gallows Rd at Rt. 50, "Full Service Gas Station"
~ that means I actually pumped someone else's gas, checked
the oil and even cleaned the windshield..sounds old fashioned
huh? Fairfax, VA ... $1.00/hr (the owner didn't have
to pay minimum wage because I was still in school and was
allowed to go to work on a permit).
1969 ~ Peoples
Drug Store, Yorktown Plaza, Gallows Rd at Rt. 50, Fairfax,
VA, Lunch Counter/Diswasher $1.25/hr. (Hey, It was
an improvement! I was making more money!)
~ Let's see, (there is some blurriness here) I am certain
I did a few things besides get into trouble...let's see...I
was a volunteer firefighter until I joined the Air Force,
at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department (Company 13) at
Tyson's Corner, VA...I worked on the "custodial"
staff at Bedford
Village apartments where I lived with my mother, and
there was a short stint at Marriott In-Flight Services delivering
food to the departing aircraft at Dulles International Airport
in what is now, Sterling, VA,. and because I was in Distributive
Education in High School, I worked at Woodward and Lothrop
at Tyson's Corner in Men's Budget (lower level).
Somehow, I have to believe, I must have done some other
things, besides washing windows, but they just didn't have
enough impact on my life to remember them...whatever they
might have been.
||Oct 1971 ~ Following graduation
from high school, I began classes at Northern Virginia Community
College in Annandale, VA. The goal was to "join the
Marines". (somehow I'm glad it wasn't meant to be)
Within about two weeks, it became blatantly obvious that
I wasn't quite ready for College ... after futile attempts
to enlist in a) the USMC; b) the USN; and c) the Army, I
came across the USAF Recruiter in Falls Church VA...(he
had his feet up on the desk, looking pretty relaxed, he
wasn't busy, and I thought "hey, this can't be too
bad".)...it was here..I made my choice...to
enlist in the United States Air Force...to be guaranteed
a job as a Firefighter! Now, there was NO guarantee where
I might end up being stationed...but the way I figured it...I
could make my list of preferred places on my "dream
sheet" and hope for the best. At least, I had a better
chance of staying out of Vietnam this way. ( I am
a pacifist at heart ) So.....
Oct 1971 - Sept 1975
USAF, Crash Crew. Basic Training ~ Lackland AFB, TX
~ fire fighter training ~ Chanute AFB, (Rantoul) IL ~ first
duty assignment - Kadena AB, Okinawa (now a part of Japan)
(Jan 1972 - Sep 1973), and finally, Grand Forks AFB, ND
until Sep 1975. And oh by the way...North Dakota was a tad
bit nipply...read that as ~ extremely.....brrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
||The Military did me good...I grew up a
bit...well, maybe a little more than a bit!
~ Crash Crew ~ Dulles International Airport
- 1977 ~Fire Fighter/EMT ~ Prince William County, VA
1978 ~ Fire Marshal ~ City of Manassas, VA
~ A number of jobs, including, Stouffer's Hotel in Crystal
City - Director of Safety and Security; Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Safety Consulting; Kwik-Kill Exterminating Co., Sales Consultant
||Up until now, I wasn't certain what I really
wanted...in fact today, there are times when I'm still not
certain.... I do enjoy the internet and genealogy though.
April 1982 - March 1997 (1995-1997 I was laid off,
but still carried on the books as an employee) ~ Honeywell,
Protection Services Division
Beginning a new direction...hired on as a "sales rep"
in the Washington DC Branch, transferred in 1988 to Houston,
TX to become a "sales manager"; and in 1991 to
Jacksonville, FL to become a Branch Manager and fix a "sales"
problem ... NOT!
March 1995 - April 2000 ~ Performance
April 2000 ~ January 2001 ~ Cable
& Wireless USA - District Sales Manager until they closed
up shop and laid off the entire office in Jacksonville.
Telcom was just not the place to be at the time.
April 2002 - May 2007 ~ Honeywell International Inc.,
Honeywell Security ~ HSM Security ~ Stanely Works Security.
May 2007 - Present ~ Performance Security Inc.,
in partnership with Bill Downing we are dedicated to providing the highest quality, customer focused, security company anywhere!
|A New Direction
||Following a merging of companies, I left
Performance Security to take on the challenge of District
Sales Manager for Cable & Wireless USA. CWUSA was a
Tier 1 Internet provider with services to business ranging
from a simple internet connection via T-1 to dedicated web
hosting and Application Service Provisioning. I liked it,
it was fun and challenging. Unfortunately, in January of
2001, Cable and Wireless closed down the offices in Jacksonville,
as well as in several other locations around the country
and that left me unemployed. On June 1 of 2001, I returned
to the field I know best...electronic security. I have taken
on the challenge of "sales", this time without
any management responsibility...I had hoped this would be
my last career move but alas, things happen and once again
I was with Honeywell - this time until I retire - or so
I thought. Then it became HSM, then it became Stanley ...and
now I really have to think about retirement. So...Performance
Security it is... company is back, bigger and better than
||I have many many interests...possibly
far too many! So, here's what comes to mind...in no particular
Genealogy (go figure); Computers; cooking, (gourmet, of
course); Collecting (mostly a collection of collections
- autographs, stamps, Doberman paraphernalia, airline playing
cards, old books, old photos, antiques, and other stuff);
I enjoy playing in the dirt - gardening; Doberman Pinschers
(did I already mention that?); watching television (especially
old All in the Family episodes - finally on DVD); I love
movies and music (all kinds ... from Abba to Zoot Suits);
Meeting New People; Computer Games - especially Starcraft;
and many other things far too numerous to mention...guess
I just try to stay busy doing something. Favorite movies
you may ask..."The Day the Earth Stood Still"
- "Stand by Me" - "Titanic" and "Lord
of the Flies". Favorite song...well, at least one I
really really like - "What'll I do" written by
Irving Berlin. I especially like it when sung by Linda Ronstadt.
For the lyrics, Click below. My other song would be "Could
I have this dance" sung by Anne Murray.