PRESQUE ISLE - Clifford Alfred LaFrancis, 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at The Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle. He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in St. Leonard, New Brunswick, the son of Alfred and Lucy (Byram) Lafrancois.
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Clifford was employed by Myron Gartley farms and Perry farms in Presque Isle and later as foreman of Presque Isle Sewer District for more than 20 years. After retiring from full-time work, he enjoyed working at Smythe's IGA, Presque Isle. He was an honorary member of the board of First United Pentecostal Church, Presque Isle. He loved God, his home, family and friends, and taking long walks around town and stopping at Dwight's Barber Shop to rest.
Clifford is survived by daughters, Bonnie Goodwin of Castle Hill, Irene Owens and Elaine Akerson of Caribou and Theresa Woodworth of Presque Isle; sons, Reggie Moran of Muncie, Ind., and Fred LaFrancis of Castle Hill; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Jerome LaFrancois and Albert LaFrancois of Caribou and Roy LaFrancois of Connecticut. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Rena L. (Cray) LaFrancis; a son, Gerald R. "Dickie" Moran Jr.; two grandsons, Kenneth and William Goodwin; a great-great-grandson, Jonah Hart; two brothers, Romeo and Clarence LaFrancois; and three sisters, Evelyn Warner, Esther Coombs and Yvette Dube. The family would like to give special thanks to caregivers Kathi Howlett and Nancy Aughinebugh.
A celebration of Clifford's life will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at First United Pentecostal Church, Wilson Street, Presque Isle, with the Rev. Anthony Scott officiating. Spring interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 14, 2013