ALLEGANY - Gordon A. LaFaye Jr., 58, of 1821 W. Franklin St., died Sunday (Jan. 19, 2014), as a result of injuries sustained in a house fire at his residence.
Born April 23, 1955, in Brooklyn, he was the son of Gordon A. LaFaye Sr. and Dorothy Sokalowski Mondell.
"Gordie," as he was affectionately known, was raised in Brooklyn, near Coney Island, and attended school there. He later resided in Avoca for many years. Other residences included Ohio, where he used his talents doing odd jobs, mostly painting houses. In Florida, he worked as an industrial painter, which took him many places in the United States. He also operated a salvage yard. While in Philadelphia, he worked as a jack-of-all-trades and house painter. He moved to the Western New York area a number of years ago and had recently been residing in Olean for over five years. He continued to do odd jobs, including some grounds keeping at Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home.
Gordie enjoyed the outdoors, being in the woods and building with his hands. He had an unfulfilled but hopeful goal of owning a cabin in a rural area. He recently enjoyed time in Florida, visiting some of his family and friends and meeting his new grandsons. He loved his sons and his siblings, and was proud of his grandchildren. He had a natural kindness to all whom he met, and spoiling any children he came to know gave him great joy.
Surviving are three sons, Gordon LaFaye and Jeffrey LaFaye, both of Orlando, Fla., and Gregory LaFaye of Dansville; five grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Chester Chicotka of Susanville, Calif., Marie Simms of Euclid, Ohio, David LaFaye of Mentor, Ohio, Michelle (Wendell) Faucette of Bath, Cecelia (Louie) Parsons of Dansville, and Robert LaFaye of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and two sisters, Ginger LaFaye and Diane Youngman.
A memorial service is being planned by family members to take place at a date and time to be announced. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean.