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Louis Faure

Obituary of Louis Henri Faure

Louis Henri Faure passed away at the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie on May 1, 2022.  Lou was born on August 9, 1933 in Dunlo, a small coal mining town in western Pennsylvania.  In 1946, Lou’s family moved to Beacon, New York, where Lou graduated from Beacon High School. He attended Dutchess Community College and joined IBM in 1952 as part of their apprentice toolmaker program.  A mechanical engineer, Lou amassed over 15 patents and numerous awards over the course of his 40-year IBM career at the East Fishkill and Poughkeepsie locations.  He was eternally curious and loved traveling.  Early family vacations had one rule: you may never go to the same place twice!  Lou and his wife of 59 years, Roberta, trekked across Europe and the United States. They especially enjoyed Paris and staying in small towns in the French countryside to experience local customs and food.  Later in life, he and Bertie tore up the roads visiting their grandchildren.  They accompanied their extended family on vacation jaunts throughout New England, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  During his life, Lou remained devoted to the New York Yankees and New York Giants (always with his eye on the Steelers), and changed his hat according to the sports season. Lou and Roberta were members of the New Hackensack Reformed Church for over 50 years, during which time he served as an Elder on Consistory, taught Sunday school and participated in countless community outreach activities.  Books were another passion, and Lou volunteered for many years at the LaGrange Library.  He enjoyed pairing people with the perfect book and delivering reading materials to shut-ins.  A master gardener, Lou’s flowerbeds were known throughout the neighborhood; surprise bouquets of flowers and bags of tomatoes frequently appeared on neighbors’ doorsteps.  As a father and grandfather, Lou was loving, calm and steady.  One of his greatest goals was to provide for his children to graduate from a four-year college.  He dispensed sage advice and passed on his love of serious gin drinks, silly jokes, baseball throws, reading, and animals to his children and grandchildren.  Lou could draw anything, would ride any rollercoaster, had the most beautiful handwriting, and pulled out more Final Jeopardy answers than anyone in the family. He was a loyal and loving friend and husband, and, above all, was a kind, humble, private man.

In addition to his loving wife and best friend, Roberta, Lou is survived by his two children and their spouses: Thomas (Lisa) of Georgia, Vermont and Suzanne Porcello (Gregory) of West Hartford, Connecticut; as well as five grandchildren: Katie Faure of Milton, VT, Andrew Faure of West Hartford, CT, Chelsea Faure of Stowe, VT, Samuel Porcello of San Jose, CA, and Mia Porcello of West Hartford, CT. He also leaves one great-grandchild, Kendall Emery, of Milton, VT. 

He was predeceased in death by his parents, Julian J. and Yvonne C. Faure, a dear brother Gilbert Faure, and several special French cousins in Dunlo with whom he shared cherished childhood memories.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, followed by a memorial service to celebrate Lou’s life at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hackensack Reformed Church, 1580 Route 376, Wappinger Falls, NY 12590 or LaGrange Library, 1110 Route 55, LaGrangeville, NY 12540.

In addition, the family wishes to extend special thanks to the Lutheran Care Center and Hudson Valley Hospice for their expert, compassionate care.

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