John (Jean) F. Lefebvre of Bristol, Conn. died on November, 14, 2015, his 94th birthday. John was born in Berlin, on November 14, 1921, the youngest son of Emilien and Anna (Thibeault) Lefebvre. John attended schools in Berlin and Colebrook. He moved to Bristol in 1941 and lived with his brothers Roland and Robert, prior to serving in the Army in WWII in North Africa. There, he served as a French interpreter for officers in communication with village elders in Algiers, as well as for Bob Hope and Frances Langford during USO tours. John was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to Bristol and was employed as a tool maker/machinist at General Electric for 42 years. John married Mary Ann Doyle, the love of his life, in 1949. They were married for 61 years, prior to her passing in July of 2010. He was a member of St. Gregory parish since its founding and served as an usher and a member of the Holy Name Society and the Retreat League. John enjoyed golfing, wood working, bowling, and researching genealogy. John and Mary raised four children and were very involved with their grandchildren also. John was predeceased by his brothers, Gerard, Gabriel, Andre, Paul, Roland, and Robert; and his sisters, Solange, Isola, and Sister Aline. He leaves his children and their spouses, Rachel L. and Randy Schmitt, Dan Lefebvre, Annette L. Phillips, Gerard and Josephine Lefebvre. Grandchildren who cherished John’s love and affection include: Kenneth and Rebecca Schmitt; Adam Schmitt; Christine P. and Nick Piro; Renee P. and Joseph Sullivan; Matthew Rooney; and Michele Cyr. John also leaves his in-laws on Mary’s side of the family, Helen D. and Narcisse Deneu. John always expressed great affection towards his many nieces and nephews. His later years were brightened by the presence of three great grandsons, Xavier, Finn, and Cole. They inspired John to remain with us just a little bit longer.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9 a.m. from Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, to St. Gregory Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol, Conn. for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol, Conn. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday between 6 and 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rosary Society Scholarship Fund, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, to support the memorial scholarship established in honor of his wife, Mary, for high school parishioners entering universities. Please visit John’s memorial website at www.FUNKFUNERALHOME.com