PORTLAND — Richard J. Lafavore, 79, died on Oct. 25 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born in Portland on May 22, 1933, the son of Joseph C. and Irene J. (Austin) Lafavore.

Lafavore grew up in Portland and attended area schools. In 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served for more than three years and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Naval Occupation Medal with the European Clasp. He served in the Naval Reserve until 1958. After his time in the Navy, Richard worked in commercial construction and was part of the Laborer’s International Union for many years. He also worked for the Coast Guard Exchange as a maintenance man. 

Lafavore is survived by his wife of 26 years, Patricia; two daughters, Gina, of Tampa, Fla., and Deborah, of Rutland, Vt.; three sons, Richard of Florida, David, of Scarborough, and Michael, of Brunswick; two sisters, Geraldine Joyce, of Raymond and June Jordan, of Portland; a brother, Joseph Lefavor, of Portland; and many nieces and nephews. 

A funeral was held Oct. 28, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.  Burial was private at New Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.