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John B. "Jack" LaFave Sr., 75, of Peru, N.Y., went peacefully to his heavenly home on March 7, 2017, with his loving family by his side, while at the Clinton County Nursing Home in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Jack was born in Malone, N.Y., on Oct. 10, 1944, the son of the late Francis and Emily (Gagnon) LaFave. He graduated from Malone High School, and served in the U.S. Army in 1964 as a cryptographer until his honorable discharge in 1966. Jack then attended Albany Business College for accounting, and worked at Hudson Pulp & Paper as an accountant. He then moved to Peru, N.Y., and worked as an auto insurance adjuster with Continental Loss Adjusting for many years until he became ill in 2000.
Jack married the former Jean M. Cote on Feb. 13, 1968, at Notre Dame Church in Malone, N.Y.
He was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Peru, N.Y., and was a Eucharistic Minister for many years. Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus and became a Grand Knight. He was known for his sense of humor, gardening skills and cooking. Jack was an avid follower of the Syracuse Orange basketball team and the Expos.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jean LaFave; children, Mark and JoMarie (Osmer) LaFave, of Stafford, Va., John and Theresa (Giroux) LaFave of Schuyler Falls, N.Y., Gabrielle LaFave and Leonard Terrell, of Peru, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Susan (Cote) and Peter Pulver of Kinderhook, N.Y.; grandchildren, Victoria and Benjamin LaFave, Jaida Coleman, Clarissa Ann and Jacqueline LaFave, and Andrew, Ryan and Justin Pulver; siblings, Edward and Nancy LaFave, Veronica (LaFave) and William Ellithorpe, and Mary (LaFave) Kaczmarek, along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two brothers, Vernon and Alfred LaFave.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at St. Augustine's Church, 3035 N. Main Street, Peru. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Alan D. Shnob, parish priest, celebrating. Entombment will be at a later date in St. Augustine's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the North Country, 258 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Jack please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on March 7, 2017
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