BARRE – Laurie J Puliafico, 59, a Barre native, died peacefully on December 29, 2020, after a long illness.
Born in Holden, MA, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore (Sam) and Dorothy (Weighill) Puliafico. She was a graduate of Quabbin Regional High School and Fitchburg State University where she achieved her bachelor and master’s degrees in education. Laurie began her lifelong teaching career at Quabbin Regional and went on to teach at Deveraux School, Eagle Hill School and in the Barre and Ware Public School systems for many years. She was devoted to her students and spent time tutoring after school and many years during summer school. She loved to play clarinet in the Quabbin Community Band and also enjoyed working on clarinets to provide instruments for students.
Laurie was an avid skier, serving on the National Ski Patrol and as an advisor to school ski clubs. She taught ski lessons at Pine Ridge in Barre and was also enjoyed working on the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, an organization concerned with the history of downhill skiing areas, mostly in the northeastern United States. She also volunteered countless hours with the New England Ski Museum,
Laurie is survived by her four older siblings: Charles Puliafico of Monson, Robert (Corrine) Puliafico of Rutland, Paul (Melissa) Puliafico of Brookfield and Cynthia (Mark) Clarkson of Barre; 8 nieces and nephews: Robert, Charlene, David, Gayla, Steven, Amy, Maria and Amanda; 13 great nieces and nephews and especially delighted in visits with the youngest three in the past four years. She is also survived by her large extended family of cousins from across the country whom she remained connected to via social media.
A celebration of Laurie’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Quabbin Community Band c/o Jamie Orszulak PO Box 555, Barre, MA 01005 or the Barre Food Pantry, c/o PO Box 265, Barre MA 01005. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre. For an online tribute and guestbook please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com