Morris K. LaFaver “Mo”, 77, of 87 Keyes Road Lisbon, died at his home on October 31, 2011 while surrounded by his family and under the care of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
The funeral service for the celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. at the Morley Wesleyan Church on November 3, 2011 with Reverend Paul Dettmer and Pastor Zack Working officiating. Calling hours will be held on November 2, 2011 at the Frary Funeral Home in Ogdensburg from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Burial in the Morley Cemetery will follow.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene of 56 years; six sons, David (wife, Connie) LaFaver of Madrid, Allen (Jacky) LaFaver of New Brunswick, Canada, Daniel (Nancy) LaFaver of Lisbon, Charles (Renee) LaFaver of Charles Town WV, Thomas LaFaver of Simpsonville SC, and William (Laurie) LaFaver of Lisbon; three daughters, Nancy (husband, Michael) Hess of Lisbon, Darlene (Tabby) Hughey of Norris SC, and Laurie Molloseau of Central SC; one sister, Helen Brooks of Rochester; and two nephews, one niece, several cousins, twenty-six grandchildren, and twenty-four great grandchildren.
Three grandchildren preceded him, John LaFaver, Nicolas Molloseau, and Amanda LaFaver; as well as one great-grandson Sawyer LaFaver.
Mo was born September 14, 1934 in the Town of Russell, son of the late William and Alma Bradley LaFaver. He graduated from Canton Central School in 1952. On September 17, 1955 he married Arlene Larock at the Heuvelton Methodist Church.
Mo worked at the Diamond National Company and at Standard Shade Roller before retiring as head electrician from St. Lawrence University in 2000.
At the age of 37, Mo accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior under the pastor ship of the late Reverend RB Hewitt at the Morley Wesleyan Church. From that time, he served the Lord as a Sunday school teacher, board member and especially as a lay leader, which gave him the opportunity to tell others about Christ in the community. He was also a volunteer in the Lisbon Fire Department and the local hospice.
Mo was an exceptional guitarist and until the time of his death, he could be found at every church service playing his guitar. He often said that his Martin guitar was converted at the same time he was. He loved church, country and bluegrass music. For the past several years, Morris and his friends “the Ole Barn Boys” could be found out in his barn on Wednesday mornings making music, enjoying coffee and doughnuts, laughter and jokes.
He will be fondly remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor as well as for his love of family, God, church, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Morley Wesleyan Church, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or to the Lisbon Fire Department.