LITTLE SILVER - ROBERT E. LEFEBVRE, known to friends and family as Bob, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the age of 77.
A native of New Jersey, Bob graduated from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He returned to New Jersey to continue working in his father's (the late Edward Lefebvre) long-standing plumbing and heating supply business, Grant Supply Company, Inc. in New Brunswick. Bob successfully expanded the once-small business by personally developing enduring client relationships and earning the trust and respect of customers for over 40 years.
Predeceased by his grandson, Adam Buiko, Bob is survived by his devoted wife, Larisa Lefebvre; son, Bruce (Jeanett); daughters, Devon (Will) Smith and Pamela (Cary) Schwinn; and step-daughters, Natalia (Oleg) Buiko and Daria Georgiyeva. He adored his twelve grandchildren, Andrew, Print, Lily, Cliff, Emilia, Kailey, Rosemary, Thomas, Charlie, Danny, Leo and Parker, who will remember him as their grand-playmate and enthusiastic supporter. He is also survived by his sister, Rosebud Caradec, and Suzanne Lefebvre, mother of his three children.
Bob was loved and revered for his generosity, modesty and quiet leadership. A man who gave much to many, Bob enjoyed golf, horse racing, traveling and a good joke. Bob raised his children with pearls of wisdom, including favorites like, "Don't forget to wave!" and "Be the best!" Perhaps most illustrative of Bob's character and humanity was one neighborhood teen's earnest aspiration, "I want to be like Bob Lefebvre when I grow up." He will be remembered by many with love and fondness.
Memorial donations in memory of Bob can be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation at https://donate.dvnf.org/Default.aspx?tsid=8593 (If you prefer to donate by phone, please call 1-888-782-2148)
Bob's life will be celebrated, and guests will be received, at a repast on Friday, April 13, 2018, from11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at his son's restaurant, The Frog and The Peach, 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick, NJ.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, East Brunswick.
I considered Bob Lefebvre one of my best friends that I have known since childhood. To me Bob was an honest man who always wanted to help others. We would sit around dinking and one of us would have a complaint about what was going on in our lives. We would vocalize it and the guys would kick in their opinion. Bob gave a straightforward reply, honest and generous and most of the time it would be something like "Why are you doing that?" or "Have you considered the options?" It was always done to help and not ridicule and when we got to the point where we could say "Yes that's the way to go." someone would say "I'll drink to that" and you know what, we always did.
Because of his business success Bob had money and he would not mind spending it on good and worthy causes. Bob truly loved his children. His daughter's basketball team needed improvement and Bob hired Bobby Knight to come in and help them. That's an expensive proposition. Another project that didn't turn out as well is Bob wanted to help his son improve his catcher technique. You win some you lose some.
Summer weekends were great. We would play golf in the morning and then go to Monmouth race track. A close member of the group was "longshot" Lou Kellerman. He wanted to break the track and as the name implies, he bet the long shot. Bob always loved to find out which “dog” Lou was betting in the next horse race.
About eight years ago Bob and our wives went to the Kentucky Derby. Larissa was the only one that had the winner of the Derby and her system was she bet the horse's number shown on the program . Sounds like her system worked better than the one used by Bob, Guy and Goldie. The Kentucky Derby is coming up the first weekend in May and I am going to think of Bob when I am watching the race this year and all the years of my life.
This is my last aside. Bobby made a sliding catch in the outfield to keep Rex Lamb's perfect game going. If he could only hit. I wish I was there to relive our experiences with Bob fact to face but I can't make it because of my cancer.
Bob was an interesting and lovable person and I will love him dearly. Our lovable God takes care of all of us, but especially those that care for others. I know that Bob is now looking on the face of our magnificent and wonderful God.
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