Francis J.

Francis J. "Fran" Lefort

Sunday, November 6th, 1932 - Monday, April 29th, 2019
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Francis John "Fran" Lefort, of Perry Rd., Strykersville, passed away peacefully Monday April 29, 2019 at the NYS Veterans Home in Batavia at the age of 86.

He was born November 6, 1932 in Strykersville a son of the late Leo and Leona (nee Dellinger) Lefort. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps - 82nd Airborne - from November 14, 1949 until his honorable discharge November 14, 1953, serving during the Korean War. He was a retired over the road truck driver, having started driving for Howard Sober which turned into Dallas & Mavis in Buffalo. He spent his retirement traveling and camping.

He was a member of St. John Neumann Church, Strykersville, the Strykersville Fire Department for over 30 years, Six Star Post #637 American Legion in Strykersville and was Sheldon Town Justice for 22 years from 1994-2015. He operated a C.B. radio, using the handle Bull Dog.

He is survived by his wife - Rita (nee Haggerty) Lefort whom he married May 8, 1954 in St. Mary's Church, Strykersville, he passed away shortly before they celebrated their 65th anniversary; his children - Shelly (Howard) Bush of East Aurora, Cindy Lefort of Buffalo, Patty (Scott) Kibler of Warsaw, Randy (Rosanne) Lefort of N. Java; two sisters - Mary Esther Hulton of Arcade, Donna (Louie) Ellis of Sardinia; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son - Richard "Ricky" Lefort and three brothers - Nelson, James and Leo "Lee" Lefort.

Friends may call Wednesday May 1, 2019 from 2-7 pm at W. S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 358 W. Main St., Arcade. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday May 2, 2019 at 11 am in St. John Neumann Church, 3854 Main St., Strykersville. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sanders Hill Rd., Strykersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Strykersville Fire Department, Minkel Rd., Strykersville or the NYS Veterans Home, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    W. S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home
    358 W. Main St.
    ARCADE, NY 14009
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    St. John Neumann Church
    3854 Main St.
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    Rev. Vincent Becker
    Deacon John Zielinski
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    Sanders Hill Rd.
    Stryerksville, NY
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Private Condolence

Timothy Talley

Posted at 07:48pm
I was a young Trooper at the Warsaw barracks when Fran became a Judge in Sheldon, and worked with him for several years as I was promoted to the Sgt. in charge of the Warsaw barracks. Fran was a great man, always fair, always reasonable. I respected him greatly and have the fondest of memories of my interactions with him. Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Captain Tim Talley (Ret)
New York State Police

Randy Lisa Dziedzic

Posted at 06:29am
Rita so sorry for your loss he was a great friend. He could always make me smile when I saw him. Rest in peace Fran love ya

Linda Berry

Posted at 07:28pm
Dear Rita and family,
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Fran. He was such a kind and funny man. I remember when he married me and Marty, he was so nervous! Then he leaned over to kiss the bride before the groom could! How we laughed!!
He will always hold a special place in my heart. Love and prayers to all of you.
Linda & Dan Berry

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