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Lionel LaFleur Jr.
  • October 31, 1936
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  • April 30, 2019

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Lionel (Lee) J. LaFleur JR. (82) of Tavares, FL, formerly of Natick, MA died 30 April 2019. He was born 31 October 1936 to Louise (Reale) LaFleur and Lionel J. LaFleur SR.  in Haverhill, MA.  Lee attended Saint Joseph’s school and then Haverhill Trade School – graduating in 1954 from the carpentry class. He served in the MA National Guard as a Marksman for 6 years. His talents as a designer and woodworker were apparent from an early age. Early in his career he worked refinishing furniture. Lee had a strong work ethic and saved up and bought a brand new 1958 Corvette at age 21. He went on to make furniture at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop in Ipswich, MA and high end, colonial reproductions for the famous H. Sacks and Sons out of Brookline, MA. Later he worked as a custom cabinet designer and craftsman for the Noack Organ in Groveland, MA. There he created incredible cabinetry and casings for numerous famous pipe organs (to include one for the DuPont family estate). From 1980-2004 he was a Wood, Mold and Model Maker for the US Army at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center – earning countless accolades for his fine craftsmanship and inventiveness. Lee loved fixing things around the house, lounging with neighbors and friends under the palm trees, building custom furniture for his wife and daughter, driving his Camaro and sailing his Hobie Cat on the lake. He leaves his wife Mary of Tavares, FL, daughter Annette LaFleur of Natick, MA, his sister Janice Sielicki and husband Charles of East Hampstead, NH and his niece Carrie Weinert and husband Larry of Wilton, NH. Plans for a memorial service for Lee will be announced at a later date. Donations in Lee’s honor may be made to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation.  To make a gift by phone:

(888) 728-6234 To make a gift by mail, make checks payable to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation and mail to: Cornerstone Hospice Foundation 2445 Lane Park Road Tavares, FL 32778 or on line: https://web.cshospice.org/foundation/giving/

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  1. Peter Johnston says:
    16 Jan 2020
    Dear Annette, I just about the passing of your father, he was such a nice guy, friendly and outgoing fellow. I hope everything is well with you, God Bless.

  2. John Kirk says:
    17 May 2019
    Lee was a master craftsman and an even greater person to know and work with. God bless his soul.

  3. Sue and Greg Bartlett says:
    11 May 2019
    It’s with great sadness that we must say goodbye for now to this wonderful man. Lee was always friendly and kind, and we have many fond memories of him and his wife, Mary, when we were neighbors in Royal Harbor. He had such a special talent, and his work was admired by many. May God bless and comfort the family during this time of grief. He will always be with us in our memories.

  4. Kerry O'Malley says:
    10 May 2019
    Dear Annette,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I know you will have him in your heart always. My thoughts are with you at this time which is so hard, and I hope you will find comfort and peace. People are never truly gone from us, we keep them in our memories of the time we had.

  5. Sandi Hise lit a candle:
    09 May 2019
    Lit since May 9, 2019 at 5:42:13 PM

  6. Ervin & Monique Prusik says:
    08 May 2019
    We met Lionel when he and his wife retired here in Florida and became our neighbors. After sharing some of our past experiences, we new we just acquired an honest, industrious and really a good man for a neighbor. We have become friends and recently we would encourage
    him in his efforts to survive the debilitating illness. Instead of flowers, we made a monetary donation to the Cornerstone Hospice for the loving care they have provided for him in his final hours.
    Goodbye and God Bless You my friend, you will be missed.
    Lovingly, Ervin & Monique

  7. Bill Letourneau says:
    07 May 2019
    I am so sorry to see this! Lee was a very special friend and talent. Definitely a man to emulate. It was the greatest of pleasure for me to work with Lee over the years on very unique and unusual projects atr the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
    God bless the family!
    Rest in Peace Lionel!

  8. Susan english says:
    07 May 2019
    We will miss him very much. He was a wonderful man. Our thoughts go out to you Mary & Annette ❤️

  9. Bill Letourneau says:
    07 May 2019
    I am so sorry to see this! Lee was a very special friend and talent. I had the pleasure of working with Lionel for the US Army at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. He was definitely a man to emulate. A giant among Model makers, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to know and work with Lee!
    God bless the family!
    Rest in Peace dear friend!

  10. Lee-Ann says:
    07 May 2019
    Annette- Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Your Dad was always a pleasure to work with. I worked with him on many projects over the years (designing models, sandtables, etc). He was so talented and humble, his memory will live on in all his projects throughout post.

  11. Charlene says:
    06 May 2019
    Sending my deepest sympathy and love to you .
    Sending prayers ❤️

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