It is with much regret that we must announce the passing of a very good friend Martha Laffaye. Martha passed away last Saturday night just hours before the final of the U.S. Open in Wellington, FL. Martha was a dedicated polo aficionado and connoisseur, and a dedicated collector with her husband, Dr. Laffaye.
A doer, Martha chaired several benefits at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, CT, including the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia Society of America, Save the Children Federation, New England Institute, University of Bridgeport and several others. Over the years she enjoyed accompanying her husband while traveling to surgical meetings in several countries.
Martha was a most accomplished hostess. Because of her husband’s position as Surgical Department chairman, every week during the academic year a formal dinner was held at the Laffaye’s home in Weston, Connecticut. Without fail Martha received a note of thanks for the wonderful evenings and overnight hospitality.
The annual pool party for the Surgical House Staff was an event cherished by the hard-working interns and residents in training. Needless to say, all the details were organized by Martha.
She continued her practice of sports, playing friendly hockey, golf and tennis. She also participated in car rallies in the Sports Car Club of America, navigating for her husband in winning the New England Rally Championship.
In addition, somehow she found time for gardening and needle point works. Martha was pre-deceased by her parents and two brothers, John Herbert “Jackie” and Charles Louis “Charlie.” She is survived by her husband Dr. Horace Laffaye, her son Patrick, daughter Gisele, son-in-law Trent Pansze, M.D., and grand-children Martina, Derek and Grace Pansze, Mark and Todd Laffaye, and cousin Lucille Brookes.
Burial was private. A celebration of her life will be held in Connecticut next Saturday May 7th, details and location forthcoming. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to her grand-children’s Animas High School in Durango, CO, or a charity of choice.
Article courtesy of Frederic Roy and The Morning Line.