The Passing of George LeFave

To the Williams community,

It is my sad duty to inform you that retired custodian George Francis LeFave passed away on Thursday, January 30, at his home in North Adams. He was 87.

A North Adams native, he was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the U.S. Marines. Before coming to Williams in 1987, he had a long and productive career in food service, having owned LeFave’s Coffee Shop in North Adams.

He once said that he came to Williams as a custodian in Dining Services to experience what it would be like to work for someone else. And though he had an independent spirit, he was known as a team player who was hardworking but also enjoyed having fun. A music lover, he often played the tambourine with bands at holiday parties, earning him the nickname “tambourine man,” and would even dance a jig on occasion.

After his retirement in 1998, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Dolores, who also retired from the college, dancing at the old Williams Inn, and pampering his beloved cat, Greyson. Friends and colleagues remember him as always ready with a helping hand, conscientious, and a good teacher.

At the family’s request, there will not be a memorial service, though memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires.

Our thoughts are with George’s family and friends.


Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies