MARQUETTE, MI - Barry Alan LaFave, surrounded by his loving family, entered eternal life on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Marquette General Hospital where he had been a patient for two weeks.
Barry was born on January 5, 1942, to Clement Alfred and Violet Magdalen Jacobson La Fave in Marquette.
Barry graduated from Graveraet High School with highest honors and Western Michigan University, Summa Cum Laud, with a degree in economics. He received a Fellowship to Indiana University to further his studies. Barry was employed by Seal Rite Corporation and became one of their top sales representatives. Upon returning to Marquette, he worked in sales at Bill Green Supply. Barry retired following a motorcycle accident.
Barry was not only gifted with an amazing mind, he also excelled in all the fine arts. He was a talented musician having his own band in high school. Barry wrote beautiful poetry and was an accomplished painter. His love of the natural world was reflected in his photography. He surrounded himself with art and his extensive album collection.
One of the most special gifts to his family was his tender heart and gentle soul.
Surviving in profound sadness are his son, Kevin (Karen) La Fave and their children, Zachary and Rachel of Skandia; Michelle (Gary) Garrison and their children, Kirsten, Ocean, Athena and Skyler of Ft. Drum, New York; great grand-daughter Isabella, sisters; Rita Hodgins (Glenn) Van Neste, Marquette, and Mary (Jim) Blemberg, Marquette; three nieces and eight nephews.
Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Violet La Fave; sister and brother-in-law, Cecile Marie and Robert Youngren and brother, Richard Douglas La Fave.
Visitation will be held beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, January 5th, 2013, at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home.
Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber will preside over the memorial service at 1:00 p.m.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to the entire staff at Marquette General Hospital and in particular Dr. Chris Dehlin, Dr. Tom Massie, Dr. Christopher Faber, Dr. Richard Sperling and Alesha who went above and beyond in their caring.
We would also like to acknowledge the caring shown by the owner, staff and friends Barry has made during his daily visits to the Wooden Nickel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to UPAWS or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com