William George Jeanfavre of Unionville passed away on April 8, 2018 at the University of Connecticut Health Center after a long illness. He was the husband of Jean Russell Jeanfavre.
William was born on September 28, 1933 and was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Helen Jeanfavre of Torrington.
In addition to his wife, William leaves a brother Robert R. Jeanfavre of Bantam, a Niece Deborah Read and her husband Robert of Tennessee; a Brother-in-law Chester Russell and his wife Lynda of Bristol; a Niece Jennifer R. Vanasse and her husband Christopher and daughter Emily of Bristol; a Nephew Patrick Russell and his children Ryan and Hailey of Southbury. He also leaves behind several cousins and great-nieces and nephews.
William was a 50-year member of Frederick Franklin Lodge #14, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Plainville where he served as Organist during his entire membership. He also served as Organist for Evening Star Lodge #101 of Unionville. He was a 42-year member of Frederica Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron five times and Organist for 30 years. He shared his musical gift by serving as Grand Organist for the Grand Chapter of Connecticut Order of the Eastern Star three times.
William was a member of the Sphinx Temple Shrine and enjoyed singing with the Chanters to help raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals. He also joined the transportation unit taking children to and from the Shriners Hospitals in Springfield and Boston. He served as Past High Priest Columbia Chapter #31 and Thrice Illustrious Master of Lee Council #25 of York Rite Masons.
William was a recipient of the Pierpont Medal in Bronze for his service to the Masonic Fraternity.
In addition to his Masonic activities, William enjoyed golf, skiing, gardening and traveling to exotic places such as South America, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand and French Polynesia with wife Jean at his side. They also enjoyed visiting several Canadian provinces and much of the United States.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Plainville Masonic Temple on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The building will be open at 1 o’clock for the family to welcome friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shriners Hospitals of Springfield and Boston are requested in his name.
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