LJ Celebration of the Life
Ceander Orvin Cajranque
(fedansda, Mtay 10, 1995
7Uewing: 9.00 am -10.00 am
Service: 10.00 am
Jalti Christian JeUmoship
St. Thomas, rU.. Virgin islands
Dntrment at Western Cemetery lumber One
ft fnomm V.I,
Xamnder Orvin "3unie" Xafranque
ptember 10. 1949 aJ a 4, 1995
Today we have gathered not to mourn but to pay final tribute and to
celebrate the life of Leander, our dear son, brother, uncle and father. We
celebrate his life as we knew it here on this earth, but more so, because of
the knowledge that he is at rest with his God with whom he walked so
faithfully. He was quiet in his demeanor, liberal in his love for his family,
loyal in his friendships, steadfast in his faith and most loquacious on any
topic of interest
From a young age, "Junie," as he was affectionately called by his
family, exhibited attributes that indicated he would develop and grow
into an honorable adult Therefore, it was no surprise to hear the variety
of positive adjectives used to describe him by those who knew him.
Although rather reserved in his manner, "Junie" left an indelible mark on
all whom he came in contact.
Leander Orvin (unie) LaFranque, son of Elma Delturo and Lionel
LaFranque, was born on September 10,1949. He received his elementary
education at Abraham Lincoln (J. Antonio Jarvis) School and continued
his studies at the Charlotte Amalie High SchooL graduating with the
Class of 1968. After graduation, Leander immediately found work in the
field of electricity, a trade that he acquired through the vocational track in
high school. At the same time, he attended the College of the Virgin
Islands as a part time student
The urge to serve his country or see the outside world led him to enlist
in the United States Army in September 1971, where he spent six years.
Following an honorable discharge he continued an association with the
Armed Services as a reserve soldier. He was later employed with the U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers, as a civilian employee, at Fort Bragg in North
Carolina a position he held until his demise.
Never a person to shun work, Leander was tireless in the performance
of his duties. He assumed responsibilities with a positive attitude and a
determination to succeed. As a result of this devotion, he was recently
awarded the highest commendation that could be bestowed on a civilian
employee the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Unfortunately,
he became ill before he could truly enjoy this distinction.
Never one to give up easily, Leander demonstrated great courage as he
gallantly fought a battle with the malignancy that ravaged his system. He
never complained, but patiently endured. His response to the question
most asked, "How are you doing?" was always the same, "Im doing
On Thursday, May 4,1995, Leander quietly departed this life. He has
left behind a legacy of love... the greatest of all gifts; courage... to face
life's challenges; strength ... to endure all trials with patience; and deter-
mination ... to be victorious in all that we do.
Although we shall miss his physical presence, we thank God that he
saw fit to loan us someone so special.
"The strife is o'er, the battle done;
Now is the victor's triumph won!
Now be the song of praise begun,
Order of Service
HYMN ...............................Just a Closer Walk With Thee
SCRIPTURE .................................... Romans 12:9-18
SOLO ...................................... Leonile LaFranque
SCRIPTURE ................................... Revelations 21:1-7
SCRIPTURE ..................................... ... John 14:1-6
HYMN ........................................ Amazing Grace
RECESSIONAL HYMN ............... Precious Lord Take My Hand
7lgmns at the Church
JUST A CLOSER WALK
I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me
walk dose to Thee.
fust a closer walk with Thee;
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, oh Lord,
Let it be.
Thro' this world of toil and snares
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord,
None but Thee.
When my feeble life is o'er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o'er -
To Thy kingdom shore
To Thy shore.
Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me;
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
MY DEAR SON, JUNIE
It hurt to see you suffer
and wither before my eyes,
It pained to hear you groan
and grimace when you sighed.
Through all the pain and suffering
you'll always say you were "fine,"
That "God the Father" is merciful
and serving as your guide.
How sweet, so kind and loving
you've been throughout your life,
Always giving of yourself
through battles and some strife.
As a soldier of the Saviour
you travelled by his word,
Mindful of his wonders
you praised, prayed and served.
The earthly journey is over
as God promised it would be,
Take your place and forever rest
for I Love you, but God loves you Best
Your Mother (MO.)
To a Wonderful Father... You have caused so much happiness in my
life. Whether through your infamous books, timeless lectures, or a call to
say "I Love You," you always knew how to chase the clouds away to let
the sun shine deeply into my soul.
Your love for God radiated in so many ways that it touched everyone
you knew and loved. I was blessed to not only have a father but also a
friend whose unflinching yet compassionate heart allowed me to grow
stronger in the Lord. With the help of God you have taught me so much
in a short period of time. You always gave your 100 percent in everything
you did, and because of this you have set an example for me to live by.
Though your time has expired here on Earth, I take great cfort in
knowing that you are in the hands of the Creator, afe and sound. I will
mis you dearly the special moment we've shared a price and
will always be treated in my heart. Untl we meet again,
LOe ahwy, .your dMughter. rLShamH LaFvmnque
Farewell der brother... We will mis you; but in our hearts you did
not die. You are still alive, by our side, giving us guidance. We will hold
on to the wonderful memories of the times we shared. We will remember
that beautiful smile you always kept regardless of the circumstances. We
ae comforted by the knowledge of your unswerving faith in God and
that you are afe in His arms. We love you. Rest in peace.
Your isters and broth
Revelations 22:14 ... Blessed are thoee who do His Commandmnts,
that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the
gate into the city.
Sis nuetsnd faily
To aymyy uncle is one s to ay he ha't been here and that would be
basically unfair. Therefore, I would lend this unknown author's poem
just to express that he very much still alive. We'll now begin our dance.
To observe any human being from infancy
To ee this someone come into eximence
To e experience collect in the eyes,
around the corners of the mouth
The weighing down of the brow,
the thick gathering around the wait, the beat
The slowing down of footsteps, not in old age,
but simply with the caution of lie
All this is something wonderful to observe.
For such apparently b life itself.
It is an invisible current between the two -
the observed and the observer, behold ad the beholder
And I believe that no life is compt no ife is really whole
Without this nvisible current which is in many way
A definition of love.
For this reaon I will continue my dance and wl allow the electricity,
this invisible current that I shared with my unclde to live on.
Yaur NOphW,; Ifme
Lnder was a loving and devoted father, uncle, brother and on but
mot of all he was a frid. He wa a very strong and undetandt
individual and mde me believe in myself. Uncle Junie as we a knew
him, would give you his last. If there was an extra hour in a day, he
would use it to help others. He pushed for love, happiness and p He
ema one o the creates heroes ad I will always try to walk in hi
footsteps. Undc unle, you'd be truly missd. hank for everyfth
Laew, NCk ad fsminly Ska=s ad family, Lcy aduCaily
Psalm 125, Verse 1 ... They that trut in the Lord hall be a Mount
Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
S Si Nono andfamily
June, your desire to journey home, be among "the family" and not be
hospitalized was honored. A very pleasant patient you were nerw to
complain Though you we wak and acowledged constant pai you
always found the strength to sy you were "ne, Praise the Lord" pray,
show appreciation utter "Thanks and Amen." Your strong belief and
trust in cod and the condence you had in Mother (M.O.) your many
dsiste, nieces, nephews and family friends wi always be remembered.
Though we knew little, you entrusted your final days in our hand a we
became your caretakers, prayer partners and choir. You sid you were
tired, God heard. Rest, my baby brother, you were a joy to have and be
around. I Love You, but Cod Loves You Bet. Rest Eternaliy,
Your sister, Joyce
I met brother LaFranque 25 year ago when he was statimd in ort
BraSS and dating my daughter. He has always been kind and codeat
tomy family and me. Laternlifhe inedmy Ble Study Qa. His
knowledge of Christ always enlightened the conversation we had. I
always aw him a a good person and I know without a shadow of doubt
that he ws saved, sanctied and Md with the Holy Chot.
Low AlhnyP Ar Blue
We would like to thank God for he are we shared with Broter
Leader LaPranque (Irank).
Frank's life will not be measured by the few years he lived, but by his
love for God that he shared. Helen Stinr Rice wrote:
It iseasy to ay nGod WeTrust when is radiantnd fair, butthe
tet of Faith is only found when thee are burdens to ber.
Frak has born life's burden ad kept the faith, but knowing him we
know he accepts no credit but give God th Glory.
Larw Ahuyt, 7Th Edah"trgs
Words cannot express t emptiness Landers death has left in our
heart ad ives. For ten year he has been a co-wwor, a fri and ad
His thoughtfulness found expression in ways which were directed
toward us in the most personal manner. He was the kind of friend who
was always there, whatever the need. He was always available to help, to
encourage, to pray. He lived a worthy example in front of us and our son.
Being a humble and faithful man, he chose to see the virtue in life and the
decency in people.
Most steadfast of all was his confidence in the goodness of the Lord.
Christianity was not just a religion to LaFranque it was a deeply personal
relationship to be lived out on a minute by minute basis. He trusted
everything to Jesus and like Abraham, he withheld nothing from God,
not even his own life.
In patience, kindness, unselfishness, consideration, trust, endurance,
serenity and righteousness, he lived a life that demonstrated for us the
embodiment of the love of Christ, as it is set forth in I Corinthians 13. We
will miss him grievously. He will never be forgotten. He will continue to
live in our hearts and in our memories. Our comfort is in the knowledge
that we will surely see him again, when the saints assemble before the
throne of the Lamb. Hallelujah!
With heartfelt sadness and love,
Hossein and Donna Kamalbake and son Rahmean.
As being Leander's Pastor for the past approximate 8 years I pay
tribute to him for having an upright spirit Leander had a godly desire to
serve and see all people helped by our Almighty God. Leander fulfilled a
place in our hearts and ministry that only God can replace. I pay tribute
to Leander for his perseverance, his steadfastness, and continual commit-
ment in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ until his mortal end.
Love always, Pastor Charles
Tomorrow seemed so certain
Yesterday so far away,
Today the joy of our kinship
Just a memory of your stay.
We know the time has come
that we must bid you farewell,
We will miss you so dearly
but know we'll meet again.
Rest in Peace... Stephanie, Lulu, Rudy, Beverly Junie, Fern and Erie
Mary Yarborough LaFranque
LaShawn LaFranque, Leander LaFranque, Jr.
Andre Yarborough, Malcolm Yarborough
Luella LaFranque, Eudora LaFranque, Eugenie LaFranque,
Leonile LaFranque, Joyce B. Clarke, Delphine Lewis, Louise Felix,
Madeline Bloice, Lillian Ishaan, Beryl Battiste
Ira L. Battiste
Elsa Delturo, Ilva Delturo Michael
James and Gwen Easterling
Leroy Bloice, Clarence Clarke, Emile Lewis
Leonard Bonelli, Leona B. Wheatley
Donna and Seyed Hossien Kamalbake
Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends
Leroy Bloice, Clarence Clarke, Rudolph Clarke, John Greaux, Louis
Harrigan, George Leerdam, Vancito Maduro,
Vincent Doward, James Easterling
Louis Hughes, Lome Hughes, Seyed Hossein Kamalbake