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Frederick "Fred" W. LeFevreJuly 11, 1930
Frederick "Fred" W. LeFevre passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Crosslands in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He was 86 years old.
Born in West Chester and raised in West Grove, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Frederick Charlton LeFevre and the late Blanche Davidson LeFevre McCue. At the end of his 9th grade year at Avon Grove H.S., Fred was awarded the American Legion School Award. WWII caused enrollment to be low at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Lima, PA and Fred qualified to enter as a rising sophomore. It was at Williamson, that Fred learned the carpentry trade and played basketball. He graduated in 1948 as part of the honor group in carpentry and received the Alumni Award as the best carpenter. His senior yearbook states that ""Freddy" has one of the most pleasing dispositions and personalities and through his hard, honest workmanship he should have no trouble reaching the high position opened to him in his field."
As an alumnus, he was a member of the Wanamaker Society and was active with the 4W8 alumni day socials. After trade high school graduation, Fred began his working career with builder, Joseph Sullivan of West Chester, then as a stamper for Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. of Wilmington, followed by a foreman position with Fred K. Sinclair of Kennett Square. In January of 1954, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 35th Inf. Battalion and was stationed in Huntsville, AL, Ft. Jackson, SC, Atlanta, GA and Honolulu, HI. Fred was honorably discharged in December of 1955 and remained in the ready reserves until 1962. In June of 1960, Fred began his 27 year career at Longwood Gardens in the carpenter shop. He would later work in the purchasing department and as an architectural engineering aide. Fred retired in 1987 as Head of Safety. Throughout his working life, Fred was one of the many local building inspectors in Pocopson, Pennsbury and New Garden Townships. He enjoyed playing golf, doing kitchen remodels and various carpentry projects. Fred was known for his joke telling, playing Rummikub and Solitare. He was a 20+ year member of the Elks Club and a 40+ year patron of the Swarthmore Player's Club.
He was the husband for 49 years to the late Marilyn Bartlum LeFevre who passed away in 2005; father of Glenn W. LeFevre (Julianne McGuinness), Michele M.L. Doyle (Michael), Michael J. LeFevre (Eve Orvis) and Christine M. Klick (Paul); grandfather of Haley LeFevre, Kelly Doyle, Jamie Doyle, Rebecca Lorah, Christopher Lorah, Andy Klick, Kelly Klick Schenk, Emily Klick; great-grandfather of Stella and Corey.
A gathering of family and friends will be at 2:00PM on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at CROSSLANDS WILLIAM PENN ROOM, 1660 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Burial will be private in the LeFevre family plot in Strasburg.
Memorial donations in Fred's name can be made to: Williamson College of the Trades, 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063-5299, The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania - Abramson Cancer Center Friends Fund - Urologic Cancer Research Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market St. Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.