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“Nancy and all who loved him, I am so very sorry for your loss. It will take strength to get you through this difficult time, but all the years of...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: KELLY DONOVAN - READING, MA

“I will miss you Uncle Russ...your smile, that twinkle in your eye, and that LeFave laugh! You brought a smile to my face every time I saw you...I...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Martin LeFave - Goffstown, NH

“Russ was a great man. Brook and I are just one of many lucky enough to have known him. Brook will miss Russ's knowledge of military history, and I...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Lawson-Chipman - Reading, MA

“Rest in peace Uncle Russ. Your hugs and laughter will be missed. I am truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful family. Aunt Nancy, Diane &...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Marcia Michaud - berwick, ME

“Thank you uncle for being such an incredible example of a man, a father and a husband. I feel so blessed to have known you and to spend the time I...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Ron Lefave - anchorage, AK

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Leoncello - Medford, MA

“My sincerest condolences to the whole family. I'm glad I got to see him at his 90th bday. He was a pleasure to know. Husband, daddy and Papa was...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryle Hubicsak - Derry

“Diane & Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Your in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. My Deepest condolences ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Patricia Andersen - Woburn, MA


Mr. Russell John LeFave, 90, of Reading, passed away on Friday August 18th at home with his loving family by his side.

The son of the late George and Mary (Doucette) LeFave, he was born in Reading and was an area resident all of his life. Mr. LeFave attended the Wayside School for Boys, offered by Henry Ford, in Sudbury, MA. He was a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the United States Navy and served as a Machinist Mate during WWII in both the Pacific and European theaters. Upon his return from serving overseas on the U.S.S. Wilkes-Barre, he drove a sight-seeing bus for Greyline during the summer and delivered home heating oil in the winter. Mr. LeFave retired in 1986 after 30 years of truck driving for Esso/Exxon. He is pre-deceased by his daughter Mary M. LeFave, son Stephen J. LeFave, three sisters; Lillian, Louise, and Nellie, seven brothers; Edmund, Enos, George, Albert, Elmer, Robert, and Thomas. Mr. LeFave is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Nancy M. (Litchfield) LeFave of Reading, two daughters; Diane Marini and her spouse Jane Bresnahan of Hampstead, NH, Theresa (Terri) Palmer and her husband David of Haverhill, MA; four grandchildren; Danielle (Marini) Messina and her husband John of Hampstead, NH, Erica (Marini) McDonald and her husband Scott of Seabrook, NH, Benjamin Palmer and Jessica Palmer both of Haverhill, MA; four great-grandchildren Ava and Amelia McDonald; Giovanni and Alexia Messina. Mr. LeFave will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral from the Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., READING, on Wednesday August 23rd at 9:30 AM followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Russell's Eternal Life at St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St., Reading at 10:30 AM. Interment will be at Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share remembrances with the family on Tuesday August 22nd from 4-8 PM at the funeral home. Parking attendants and ramped entrance available.

For directions or to send a memorial condolence please visit www.facebook.com/BarileFamilyFuneralHome.