It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our hero and father - Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Jeffrey on July 18, 2022 in his hometown of Goderich in his 82nd year, with family at his side. Larry married the love of his life, Sharon (nee Somerville) who passed away in Dec. 2017. He is survived by his daughter Melaine (Brian) Buffinga of Bluewater, son Todd (Carrie) of Oro-Medonte. Very proud grandfather of Connor (Kelsey) of Orillia and Lauren of Oro-Medonte. Also survived by his brother’s Don, Ray (Barb), brother-in-law Paul Somerville and many nieces & nephews. He was the eldest of Ellis “Bob” and Mary Jeffrey, born Oct 12th, 1940 at their home outside of St. Joseph on Hwy #21. Later the family moved and made Goderich their hometown. After a 9-year career as a professional hockey player in the National Hockey League, he returned to Goderich and began scouting for the Detroit Red Wings and the NHL Central Scouting for 10 years. He could also be found flipping burgers and scooping ice cream at his Beach Hut concession, working hard at his cow calf operation on Lazy Run Farm, or racetracks across Ontario where he enjoyed the competition as an owner of several standardbred horses. He thrived on keeping busy, which drove him to start his own local advertising business Sales Creators Inc., where he enjoyed being “the creator” of marketing ideas for over 30+ years for his clientele in Ontario and the US. Larry was proud of his community on the shores of Lake Huron and doing whatever he could to help make it great place to live. He was a man of faith as a member of St. Peters Catholic church and took on a term of Grand Knight of the Goderich Knights of Columbus Council and became a Fourth Degree Knight in 1991. Volunteering at the Columbus Centre to help organize events, calling bingo and cooking meals. His personality made him somewhat fussy in his quest for providing good hot food. He enjoyed being able to call upon his friends and former team mates to collaborate in fundraisers and special appearances for events. Larry was a very determined, hardworking and generous man for his family and his community. Larry loved the company of others, loved to dine & dance, enjoyed all sports, and of course the competition of beating friends at crib or cards in his later years. His joking character, his laughter and his love for everyone will be truly missed.
At Larry’s request cremation has taken place with no visitation. Memorial mass will be held at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Goderich, on Thursday July 28th. Eulogy will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. and celebration luncheon will follow at the Columbus Community Centre at 390 Parsons Crt., Goderich. Everyone is welcome. As expressions of sympathy donations can be made to the Alexander Marine & General Hospital, or the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 109 Goderich.
Just a brief message to Melaine and family to express our condolences on the passing of your fine and famous and humble father. My occasional visits and meetings with Larry were a rare treat and were always meaningful and enjoyable. He certainly will be missed but will not be forgotten by anyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Well played Larry. Rob Evans
Dear Todd, Melaine and families
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May you find comfort in cherishing your memories and remembering the good times. Larry was always a pleasure to talk to.
Hugs to everyone
Tammy and Pete Martene