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John P. “Jean-Paul” Lefebvre, 88, who has resided with his daughter Christine later in his life at Winnapaug Road., Westerly, RI, passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. John passed after a valiant battle with heart disease.

Born in Sherbrooke, Canada, he was the son of the late Antonio and Cecile Lefebvre. He was the loving husband of Irene (Downey) Lefebvre who predeceased him on 7/31/12. John and Irene were lifelong residents of the city of Chicopee, Mass. where they raised their family until her passing.

He will be dearly missed by his four children, Paul Lefebvre of S. Hadley, MA, Christine Hayes of Westerly, RI, and Gary Lefebvre and Cherie Oliver, both of Chicopee, MA. John also leaves two siblings, Guy Lefebvre of S. Hadley, MA and Hugette Mclaughlin of Virginia. In addition, he also sadly leaves eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his first granddaughter Melissa O’Connell as well as three siblings, Paulette Dame, Roland and Andre Lefebvre; and his best friend Robert “Uncle Bob” Dame.

John emigrated to the U.S. from Canada as a child with his family and became a naturalized American citizen service honorably active-duty in the Korean War from 1952-1954. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion.

His immeasurable love and devotion to his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was beyond comprehension. There wasn’t anything he would not do for each and everyone of them in all of his 88 years. Always with a loving touch and smile.

If you knew John, you knew what a kind, fun-loving man he was. He would make friends (some lifelong) wherever he went. People were naturally drawn to his easy-going personality. In acknowledging his fun-loving nature and selfless personality, it is in no way meant to diminish his lifelong work ethic. Working most of his life, three jobs to provide for his family. To be sure, John has never shirked away from any job or project he set out to complete. A true Canadian Craftsman, there wasn’t a carpentry, painting, wallpapering or a drywall job that he could not do with perfection! Not to mention his expertise at car repair for any friend or family if asked. He was always there with his impetuous smile, his tools of the trade always with him for any family member or friend who might need a room painted, a triple decker wire-brushed and painted or a house renovated. Make no mistake about it though, John surely enjoyed his favorite pastimes. He loved playing hockey his entire life as well as coaching the sport. He was athletic and enjoyed swimming, tennis, skiing and played on softball and bowling leagues through the years. But one of his most favorite pastimes that he really enjoyed was watching NASCAR racing. He attended many races near and far with his sons and granddaughter Mellissa.

In addition to all of his accomplishments in his life, John fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter. He proudly served as a civil servant firefighter for the city of Chicopee, MA.

John was a truly beloved son, husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and faithful friend to many. He will be heartbreakingly missed.

John was a devout Catholic and a true patriot and although he lost his final battle, he fought it with immense courage and dignity. He is now blessed with eternal life and peaceful happiness with the angels above, his “Honey” and his family whom he loved so dearly.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a future Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, followed by burial at Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, Mass. with Full Military Honors. It will be announced by the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in John’s memory. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com


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Published in The Republican from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 30, 2021
Dad, I have a Picture that I'll never forget.
Your Loving Son, Gary
Gary Lefebvre
Son
January 30, 2021
I'm sorry Dad, I have a Picture that I always Cherished. See You in Heaven
Gary R Lefebvre
Son
January 30, 2021
Hi Dad. I'm really going to miss You and the Phone Calls we would have. I can remember the day when you first trained me to Skate and he did a Great job at doing it. There's not to much you couldn't do well. But now your in a Great Place with Mom and your both looking down at all of us. I wish we had more time but God wanted You. Me and Nancy are going to miss you Dearly and your welcome to come by anytime. I Love You with all my Heart and your surely going to be miss. Love You Forever, Gary and Nancy
Gary R Lefebvre
Son
January 27, 2021
Grandpa, I love you and miss you so much! I am so happy I was lucky to have you since I was born 9 years ago. I really had so much fun playing checkers with you and playing monopoly with you n mommy n Ma! I will always remember all the birthdays you and I had and the fun we would have blowing out the candles and our little parties together. Thank you for all you did for me. I was always happy to have you pick me up after school and we would go get a donut! You were the best grandpa ever and I will never forget you no matter what! I love you so much grandpa! Jj
Justin cimalore
Grandchild
January 16, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a gentile soul with a kind heart. We enjoyed our breakfasts with him at Gary & Nancy's place. His smile was so infectious you couldn't help but smile yourself when you saw him!

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Jimmy and Tamie Martin
Chicopee, MA
Jimmy and Tamie Martin
Friend
January 15, 2021
Dad, My Best Friend: I am filled with such deep sadness and heartache missing you!! Dad, you were always there for me at anytime in my life for anything I needed. If I needed you I could just call you or you would just come over to comfort me or help. You had a soothing calm voice that would always comfort me as your little girl. I am so Void and Think of You All the time, I just wish I had a little more time with you! I remember the snow storm in 1978 that you and I had to go and shovel the snow off the roof then jumping off the roof laughing and having fun with you, I remember helping you out with any projects as a kid you were working on and you were always so patient and explained any questions I asked. You were a Special Dad, you always knew what to say to me along with your advice to help make me feel better if I was down and Always giving me that Loving Hug to help me through. Dad, I know you are in Heaven with Mom and you are finally with her again after everything she went through, you were always with her, right by Her Side at All times. That was True Love! I will miss all our little talks we always had and the precious time we always spent together. I will Always Cherish Our Times.. Dad. I will try to be Strong like you told me but it is just so hard as I have so many memories and miss you so deeply in my heart. I was so Grateful to be with you at the end and hold your hand and tell you I Love You for the last time and you telling me that you Love Me too. You were such a Brave, Wise and Proud Strong Man even until the end. So Dad, I say my goodbye and I will try to be strong, I just Loved You so Much and know that you will be there guiding and helping me through this devastating time in my life like you always have.
Love You Always Daddy,
Your little girl always, Cherie.
cherie a oliver
Father
January 15, 2021
John, I’m very saddened by your passing. We’ve had some great moments together and I’ll miss your smile n your sense of humor! You were a good friend to me. I’ll miss making your coffee every morning for you! Your friend, Keith
Keith Martin
Friend
January 14, 2021
Dad, words aren’t enough to express my heartbreak at your death. You were the BEST father any child could of ever been blessed with! There aren’t enough hours, days, years to reminisce about the memories that you’ve given us! The soft serve at Jake’s during those lazy summer days, all the times you and mom drove us to Misquamicut for a fun day at the beach- sitting in the back of your station wagon with the hatch up pulled right up to the dune eating our fluffernutters before we all ran down to the water to play in the waves, or how hard you worked 3 jobs to pay for all 4 of us to get the braces we needed to straighten our teeth, or teaching each of us when the time was right, how to drive. Oh and let’s not forget when we would all get into our pjs and our pillows you n mom would then take us to A and W fast -food restaurant , then we would go to the drive-in on Memorial Drive, those were the days! Christmases as a child in our home was the BEST! We always had a real tree! In addition to all our other presents we could always count on a new pair of ice skates! And that unbelievable skating rink in our back yard , you n your firemen friends and uncle AL plowed n watered for us was top dog in the neighborhood!!!! Oh n yea, Green Pine Dairy Ice Cream shop was another fun excursion, on those hot nights! Let’s not forget those fun times sledding all the way down the neighbors backyards after you would use our wooden tobaggen to flatten the snow on the hills! You and mom taught us about Church n commitment to our Lord , you sacrificed so much to put us through parochial school through high school. All the early mornings getting up at 3am to bring Paul n Gary to hockey practice at Williston Academy or the many other rinks had to be real special for you after working all night at Station 8 fire station. I’ll never forget you taking me to college interviews and sitting in the car waiting for me! Oh the first communion parties! And you wrestling with us all climbing on your back in the living room when you would pretend to be a monster! Then we ALL grew up! Started our families and you continued your DEVOTION and LOVE ! You were there for ALL your grandchildren as you were for us!!!! Carrying on your Tremendous Legacy of generosity, Love, kindness, sacrifice and devotion!!! Many more Christmases, birthdays, camping, beach, and skating, yea, still skating!! The memories of you n mom buying Savings Bonds for each n every one of your grandchildren for every Christmas and birthdays was overwhelming then n still is now!! When I say that having you as our DAD was a blessing , it is an understatement! DAD, your bright smile n gentle touch will be sorely missed by all of us!!! We LOVED you so beyond words! All of our lives are so enriched and full from YOU DAD and your LEGACY will live on forever!! I love you DAD! Christine
Christine Hayes
Daughter
January 13, 2021
Saddened by John's death. A great friend and co worker, one of my favorite people. I worked for 4 years with John at the Fairview fire station on C Group with Marcel Guay, Fran Como and Don Gagne... John was liked by all and really knew the job, when the bell rang John really excelled.
walter krzeminski
Coworker
January 12, 2021
My life would not be what it was if it wasn't for you Grampa, you made a tremendous impact on all of our lives. I will honor you and always remember the core values you taught me in life. No time like the present to teach myself to write with my right hand and paint a few closets. I love you so much Grampa forever and always! Love one of your earth angels
Nicole Lefebvre
Grandchild
January 11, 2021
I am so so sorry for your loss! I still have the wallpaper up that he put in my house. He was the best uncle I could have ever dreamed of having.
He and auntie babe are having the best time together now.
Patti Baskin
Family
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