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DEXTER – Lionel Joseph Laferriere, 79, died October 17, 2003 at a Lewiston hospital. He was born November 29, 1923 at Eagle Lake, a son of Leon and Eva (Paradis) Laferriere. He graduated from Fort Kent High School, Class of 1942 and served in the U. S. Army in the European theatre during World War II. On May 3, 1947 he married the former Florice Gilbert. Lionel was a rural mail carrier for 30 years. A communicant of St. Anne’s Parish in Dexter, he was an usher, served on the parish council, and was a member of Cardinal Mercier Council 2625 Knights of Columbus. He was a 57 year member of Poulliot- Seavey Post #53 American Legion, the Shirley B. Carter Post 4298, Veterans of Foreign War, and the Disabled American Veterans Association. He was a past president of the Dexter Fish and Game Association, will be remembered as an expert fly tier and was an avid outdoorsman. He was an excellent baseball player and continues to hold several records at his high school. He shared his talent with the area youth as a Little League coach for many years. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his produce with his family, neighbors and friends. Lionel will be missed by a large family who loved him dearly.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a son, Allen and wife Cherie of Hagerstown, MD; 4 daughters, Eileen and husband Tim Schoonmaker of Stetson, Lana Robichaud of Bangor, Elizabeth and husband Lauren Hebert of Dixfield, Margaret and husband John Houghton of Ft. Fairfield; brothers and sisters, Reginald and wife Bea Laferriere of Michigan, Julie and husband Harry Stathoplos of Wells, Orel Laferriere of Michigan, Patrick Laferriere of Dexter, Annette Jackson of Florida, Roy and wife Barbara Laferriere of Dexter, Jim and wife Betty Laferriere of Dexter, Joel and wife Sandra Laferriere of Windham; an Aunt, Pauline Belanger of Fort Kent; 16 grandchildren, Jennifer Pratt, Amy LePage, Alison and Andrew Robichaud, Paul Laferriere, Leigh Ventura, Lesley and Aric Laferriere, Aaron, Adam and Natalie Perreault, Sara, Matthew, and Emily Cyr, Matthew Hebert and Melissa Fowles; 9 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Lucien and Norman.

Friends may call from 5-8 P.M. Sunday at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 61 Main Street, Dexter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 A.M. Monday, October 20th, at St. Anne’s Church, Free Street, Dexter, with the Rev. Father Raymond C. Morency officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Anne’s Parish, P.O. Box 391, Dexter, ME 04930.

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