John J. LaFrance, 89, formerly of the Clifton-Fine Boarding Home in Fine, passed away on December 27, 2011 at the Veterans Hospital in Buffalo.
John Joseph LaFrance was born on December 15, 1922 in Roxborough, Ontario, Canada to Lionel and Henrietta (Leroux) LaFrance. He attended school in Tupper Lake, NY and entered into the United States Army on January 30, 1943 and was a prisoner of war for nearly 11 months. He was honorably discharged on November 1, 1945 and received an EAME Medal, 2 Bronze Service Stars, American Service Medal and a Purple Heart. John’s grandson is also following his grandfather’s footsteps and is also enlisted into the United States Army.
John married Lucy Wentworth on June 28, 1952. She passed away on March 5, 1985. John worked as a Mill Wright for the Newton Falls Paper Mill for 38 years. He was formerly a member of the Newton Falls Fire Department, Benson Mines American Legion, Benson Mines VFW and the Little River Hunting Club in Benson Mines. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing and motorcycling.
John is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tracy A. and Gary Miller of N. Tonawanda; a granddaughter and her husband, Jamie L. and Ben Ekblom; a grandson and his wife, Devin J. and Tina Menard; two great grandchildren, Austin and Ariel: a brother, Edgar LaFrance of Cranberry Lake; and five sisters, Theresa Bedard of Plattsburg, Roland Gaff of Florida, Seimone LaBarge of Tupper Lake, Sally Andres of Baldwinsville and Madeline LaFountain of Dansville.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Andrew and Robert LaFrance; and three sisters, Peggy and Lena LaFrance and Rahea Coleman.
Calling hours will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012 at French Family Funeral Home in Star Lake. The memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Fr. Robert Decker of St. Hubert Catholic Church officiating with military honors following memorial service. There will be a gathering after the service at the American Legion. Burial will be a St. Hubert’s Cemetery at a later date.
Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Benson Mines American Legion Auxiliary.