DEXTER – Lionel Joseph Laferriere, 79, died Oct. 17, 2003, at a Lewiston hosp-ital. He was born Nov. 29, 1923, at Eagle Lake, a son of Leon and Eva (Paradis) Laferriere. He graduated from Fort Kent High School, Class of 1942, and served in the U.S. Army in the European theatre during World War II. On May 3, 1947, he married the former Florice Gilbert. Lionel was a rural mail carrier for 30 years. A communicant of St. Anne’s Parish in Dexter, he was an usher, served on the parish council, and was a member of Cardinal Mercier Council 2625 Knights of Columbus. He was a 57-year member of Poulliot- Seavey Post No. 53 American Legion, the Shirley B. Carter Post 4298, Veterans of Foreign War, and the Disabled American Veterans Association. He was a past president of the Dexter Fish and Game Association, will be remembered as an expert fly tier and was an avid outdoorsman. He was an excellent baseball player and continues to hold several records at his high school. He shared his talent with the area youth as a Little League coach for many years. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his produce with his family, neighbors and friends. Lionel will be missed by a large family who loved him dearly. In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by a son, Allen and wife, Cherie, of Hagerstown, Md.; four daughters, Eileen and husband, Tim Schoonmaker of Stetson, Lana Robichaud of Bangor, Elizabeth and husband, Lauren Hebert, of Dixfield, Margaret and husband, John Houghton, of Ft. Fairfield; brothers and sisters, Reginald and wife, Bea Laferriere, of Michigan, Julie and husband, Harry Stathoplos, of Wells, Orel Laferriere of Michigan, Patrick Laferriere of Dexter, Annette Jackson of Florida, Roy and wife, Barbara Laferriere, of Dexter, Jim and wife, Betty Laferriere, of Dexter, Joel and wife, Sandra Laferriere, of Windham; an aunt, Pauline Belanger of Fort Kent; 16 grandchildren, Jennifer Pratt, Amy LePage, Alison and Andrew Robichaud, Paul Laferriere, Leigh Ventura, Lesley and Aric Laferriere, Aaron, Adam and Natalie Perreault, Sara, Matthew, and Emily Cyr, Matthew Hebert and Melissa Fowles; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Lucien and Norman. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 61 Main St., Dexter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at St. Anne’s Church, Free Street, Dexter, with the Rev. Father Raymond C. Morency officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Anne’s Parish, P.O. Box 391, Dexter, ME 04930.