Pierre Lalire

Pierre Lalire was born December 4, 1927 in Paris, and died in Nyack, NY on April 16, 2019. He immigrated from France to the United States in 1949 after marrying Caroline Abel, an American student at the Sorbonne. During his long and successful career as visual merchandiser, he worked for Lord & Taylor, Halle Brothers, and Woodward & Lothrop. He lived in New York, Cleveland, and Washington, DC, before moving to Hamilton, VA and buying a house there in the early 1980s. He was an enthusiastic horse owner and rode to hounds with the Loudon Hunt for decades. He and Caroline moved back to New York in 2012 to be nearer to their children. His wife died in 2013. He is survived by four children: Vega Lalire, of Forestburgh, NY, Gregory Lalire, of Leesburg, VA, the former sports editor of the Loudon Times-Mirror, Rex Lalire, of Palisades, NY, and Linne Lalire, of Santa Fe, NM. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Alexander, of New York City, Louis, of Brooklyn NY, Luc, of Boston, MA, and Leila, of Santa Fe, NM. Donations may be made to United Hospice of Rockland https://hospiceofrockland.org/giving/donate

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I was so sorry to hear from Greta that Pierre had passed on. I was so fortunate to have met Pierre and Caroline when they graciously hosted our awesome Breton singer Nolwenn Monjarret when she joined us at the Oatlands/Potomac Celtic Festival. Pierre and I had great fun talking about his Breton heritage, and about the Great Department Stores, in which we both worked (I was in the Mid-Atlantic regional ad art department for Sears, Roebuck, & Company at Montgomery Mall). I was sad when Caroline passed on, and sad now with Pierre's passing. They both added greatly to our experience at the Festival. I have enjoyed chatting with Greta as she was the go-between for Pierre and me as his eyesight failed him. What a pistol he was. I shall treasure my friendship with both Caroline, Pierre, and family.

With love and gratitude, May the Blessings Be. Susan

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