SOUTH LAWRENCE — Donald R. Lavertue, 70, a lifelong resident of this city passed away Wednesday morning at his home with his devoted family at his side.
He was the husband of Mary Ellen (McPhee) Lavertue; with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Joseph William and Belmeda (Andrade) Lavertue; and was educated in the local schools.
He rendered Honorable and distinguished service to this nation in the armed forces.
Early in his career he was employed in several of the great textile mills of Lawrence. Among his many hobbies, he enjoyed playing in the Drum and Eagle Bugle Corp., hunting, fishing, walking and artistic endeavors.
St. Patrick Church and parish ministries were very meaningful to him. He was a long-standing Knight of Columbus, Lawrence Council No. 67. Deeply devoted to his faith, he served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in our parish. He co-founded the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Lawrence and served disabled children and their families to name just a few of his many charitable works.
Mr. Lavertue led his life by example and good deed; he was gentle but firm, loving but strict. He spoke freely of his positions but would also take the time to listen and consider alternate views. His family will forever cherish his memory as a strong man of principle.
In addition to his best friend and wife, he was the proud father of five sons, Joseph A. Lavertue and his wife Frances, James V. Lavertue and wife Lisa, the late John D. Lavertue, Matthew V. Lavertue, Thomas A. Lavertue and his fiancée Melissa; one daughter Donna M. Lavertue and his late and loving In-Laws, Joseph and Helen McPhee; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers, William and Stephan Lavertue; two sisters, Pamela and Jacqueline Lavertue; several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral from The Diaz-Healy Funeral Home, 107 So. Broadway, Opposite St. Patrick Church, South Lawrence. Calling hours, Monday, Oct. 8, from 3 to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 AM in St. Patrick Church. Final acts of farewell and laying to rest will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence. If you need a ride to the services please call us at (978) 685-5732. Condolences may be registered at www.diazhealy.com