James Alan Lefever

James Alan Lefever; son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, mentor, and adventurer; passed away in a boating accident on Rehoboth Bay on Saturday August 6th, 2011 at the age of 63.  James has many names:  Jim, Jimmy, Daddy, Da.  Regardless of the name by which he is known, he is deeply loved.  Jim grew up in Lancaster County and was a graduate of McCaskey High School and Penn State University.  Jim served our country proudly as a former member of the United States Air Force.

Jim’s wife, Iris, his daughters, Megan and Nicole, his grandsons, Cooper and Maxamillian, his mother, Marie, and his siblings, Suzanne and Jeffrey, survive him.

Jim lived life to the fullest.  He loved sailing, surfing, skiing, fly fishing, cooking, photography, biking, running, attending Men’s’ group at church, reading, and swimming just to name a few.  He was an active participant in the lives of his friends and family and he will be missed each and every day.  He gave selflessly of his time, love, and energy.

The family’s only consolation is that Jim died doing what he loved, sailing on a beautiful sunny day with the wind at his back.

Jim loved the time he spent in the parks and water along the Delaware Coastline.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 1 p.m. at First Reformed Church 40 E. Orange St. Lancaster 17602 with Rev. William Worley officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Cape Henlopen State Park to support youth and environmental programs.  Checks should be made payable to CHSP and sent to 828 Helen Avenue, Lancaster PA 17601 c/o Megan Lefever Titter. To send an online condolence or for more information please visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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I am so sorry for your loss.  I find it so humbling that something so tragic could happen on such a beautiful day.  Truly, we never know how lives can be changed in a single instant.  Praying for peace for the family that surpasses all understanding, joy in knowing you loved and were loved by such a man, and nearness to the LORD.  I did not know this man, but we prayed as a family as we watched emergency crews race to the scene as we began our vacation last week. As the LORD brings you to min, I will continue to do so. 

We were privileged to know Jim through our trip to America. His friendship and kindness to us will not be forgotten. Even though we are far away we too feel the pain and loss of one of the kindest men we have ever known.Our thoughts are with Iris and the family at this sad time.
Mary and Colin.

 I worked with Jim for MANY years at Leopold and he was a great co-worker.   Hearing about his passing was a shock but as the tribute to Jim says he died doing what he loved and not many can say that.   My heart and prayers go out for you and your girls for His peace and comfort.

Blessings to you,
Susie Antolec

Nicky, Megan, Mrs. Lefever, and to the whole Lefever family–
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.  The obituary for him was beautiful.  Please know that as you celebrate his life, so many of us are thinking of you and touched to know that someone knew well how to live it. 
Abby Cooper

I have had the privilege of being one of Jim’s friends for many years-Along with my son John, we had many occasions where he so willingly help us in many ways. I always admired him for his love of life and family- May God be with the family as they struggle through this very difficult time                              

Don Lutz
Leola, Pa.

Iris and family:  Last week was perhaps one of the saddest weeks everyone here at MRI had.  We cannot express to you how deeply sorry we are for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.

Iris, and family, Aunt Marie. Suzanne and family, Jeff and family:

Our sincere sympathy and love are with each and every one of you at this difficult time.  May God bless and watch over you.

I know Jim,(son. husband, father,grandfather, and sibling will be missed.)

Take Care, Sally and Joe Carroll and family

When i heard of Jimmy’s untimely passing last saturday evening, it sent a shock thru me that i still haven’t quite recovered from. He was not only one of the finest friends i ever had but a wonderful man, a devoted husband, a loving father to his two daughters, and one of the kindest and most generous folks i’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Nobody appreciated him more or valued his friendship more than i and he will be deeply missed by all of us who knew and loved him so very much. God’s speed Jimmy and a day never goes by that i don’t think of you and mourn your loss.

I continue to pray for the LeFever family…

Bruce and I want to express our sympathies to Iris, Megan, Nicole and families.
Sylvia Schwalm, Sun Valley Drive, Leola

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