WILLSBORO — Leon E. (Boy) Laferiere, 84, of Willsboro, NY died peacefully joining his Savior Our Lord on May 10, 2014 with his loving family by his side.
He was born March 10, 1930, as Joseph Leon Laferriere, the youngest of nine children to Joseph and Emma Laferriere in Fort Kent, Maine.
He was predeceased by his parents; four brothers, Albert, Willard, Joseph and most recently his beloved friend and brother Oscar. His three sisters, Lilly (God Mother) St. Amant, Clara Bouchard and Eva Charette. He leaves behind his loving sister, Jean Cote of Bristol, Conn.; and his eight children, the greatest accomplishments of his life, Bonnie and Steve Callahan, Leon Laferriere Jr., Brenda Laferriere-Mulhall, Becky and Dave Dixon, Michelle Rabideau, Bernice Laferriere, Bridget Laferriere, Bryant and Miranda Laferriere; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was Honorably discharged from the Army on Feb. 3, 1955 with a National Defense Service Medal and remained a proud American citizen. He worked hard as a heavy equipment operator and enjoyed the simple things in life, such as; feeding the birds along the Bouquet River and people watching. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
There will be a Mass of Christian burial on May 15th at St. Philip of Jesus Catholic Church in Willsboro, with the Holy Rosary at 10:15 am. The family will receive guests from 10:30 to 11 am followed by Mass. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in the Essex County Veterans Cemetery in Wadhams, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Willsboro/Reber Rescue Squad P.O. Box 786, Willsboro, NY 12996.
Huestis Funeral Home in Willsboro, NY is in charge of arrangements.