Napoleon J. "Nap" Light, 94, formerly of McIntosh Drive, Peru, died March 9, 2017, at Meadowbrook Healthcare.
He was born Aug. 12, 1922, the son of John B and Agnes (Bouvier) Light. Nap graduated from Mount Assumption Institute and received a BA degree from Champlain College in 1952.
Nap was a veteran of World War II, having served with "Old Hickory," the U.S. Army 30th Infantry Division. For his service in the liberation of France he was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Republic in 2012. The French Legion of Honor is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It is considered the highest decoration in France and is awarded to American veterans who fought on French soil in both World Wars. He was also a member of the first North Country Honor Flight group to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington DC in 2013. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV.
He married Frances McGee of Peru in 1955. Their daughter Lori was born the following year. Fran died of leukemia in 1966. Nap subsequently married Theresa Langevin in 1980, with whom he enjoyed many happy years until her death last fall.
Nap was employed by the US Treasury Department as an Internal Revenue Agent for 30+ years. Following his retirement he worked as an accountant specializing in taxation for Abbott, Frenyea, Russell & Coffey, CPA's.
He was a parishioner of St. Augustine's Church, served on the Parish Council, the Knights of Columbus, and the board of Catholic Charities. He was an active member of the Peru Lions Club for many years, where he was especially known for soliciting donations for their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot fundraiser.
Aside from his family, the main love of Nap's life was music. He started playing the drums in high school and was already playing professionally before graduation. He was a military bandsman and continued to play both professionally and on a volunteer basis for local dance, concert, symphony and marching bands well into his eighties.
Nap was also an avid golfer. He was a long time member of Bluff Point Golf Resort where he was club senior champion for several years.
Left to cherish his memory, are his daughter, Lori Light; his sister, Bernadette Dalton; and his brother Alfred Light and wife, Ella. He is also survived by 27 nieces and nephews, many more grands, and a growing number of great-grands.
In addition to his parents and two wives, Nap was predeceased by his sisters, Mildred Kirk, Anita Lemieux, Yvonne Herkalo, Velida Kavanaugh and Jeanne Dwyer Farrington; and brothers Maynard and Andre Light.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at St. Augustine's Church with Rev. Alan D. Shnob, parish priest, celebrating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. Augustine's Church in Peru.
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 Nap Light please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on March 11, 2017