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Robert H. "Bottles" LaVigne

December 19, 1927 — April 6, 2016


Robert H. “Bottles” LaVigne, 88, of Windy Way in Elizabethtown passed away Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Essex Center with his loving family by his side. He was born on December 19, 1927 son of the late Oliver and Gertrude (Robarge) LaVigne.

Robert - also known locally as Bottles is a longtime resident of Elizabethtown. Robert is an army veteran and was stationed in Japan. Once he left the military his years of service continued for 26 years as a New York State Police Officer. In 1980 he was elected Sheriff of Essex County and held that position for the next 18 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a long time member of Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Shirley (McLellan), originally from Montreal, Quebec, four daughters, their spouses, and 10 grandchildren. Debbie (Karl) Brooks, Shonna and Trevor of Elizabethtown. Lori (Glenn) Abbotts, Dusty and Spencer Mowery of Palm Coast Florida. JoAnn (Tim) Drummond, Megan, Mandy and Matt of Palm Coast Florida. Wendy (Mike) Morris, Carley, Mallory and Logan of Elizabethtown. Two Sisters In Law, Patsy Morris from Pembroke,Ontario, Elsie Hooper from Vancouver, British Columbia and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Oliver and Gertrude LaVigne and his sister and Brother in Law Marion (LaVigne) and Bernard Egan, and three Brothers in Law from Canada, Patrick McLellan, Mickey Morris, and Clifford Hooper.

Calling hours will be Sunday April 10, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Marvin-Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street, Elizabethtown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Monday April 11, 2016 at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Elizabethtown. Burial will follow in the parish Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Bottles name to the Elizabethown-Lewis Ambulance Squad.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Heald Funeral Home, Inc. - Elizabethtown

, Elizabethtown, NY 12932

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St. Elizabeth's Cemetery

State Route 9, Elizabethtown, NY

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