Obituary of Henry W. Labarge
Malone Evening Telegram, Malone, NY
6 January 1931


Death of Malone Barber Succumbs while at Work on Pearl Street -- Followed Trade Over Forty Years

Henry W. Labarge, for over 40 years a Malone barber, died suddenly this morning at 8;40 o'clock in the chair of the shop on Pearl Street which conducted with his partner, Napoleon Leroux.

Although his health had been impaired during the past year, Mr. Labarge had been daily at work and his sudden passing came as a shock to his family and many friends here. He arose this morning and after breakfast went to work aparently feeling very much as usual. Mr. Labarge was stricken suddenly and died within a few moments. Dr. A.G. Wilding was called but when he arrived Mr. Labarge had passed beyond human aid. Death is thought to have resulted from a complication of diseases.

Mr. Labarge was fifty eight years of age. He was born in Malone, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. LaBarge, and spent his entire life in this community. At the age of eighteen he entered the barbering business and followed this occupation continuously until the time of his death. He was known as the dean of Malone barbers. He conducted a shop at 83 Pearl Street.

The affable manner and genial disposition of Mr. Labarge gave him the facility of readily making friends and during his many years in the business here he acquired the friendship and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. He was a public spirited citizen and always took an active interest in the public affairs of the village.

Mr. Labarge was a member of Notre Dame church and served the church as a trustee for two years, holding this office at the time of his death.

The deceased was prominent in the fraternal organizations and was a member of LU resus St John d'Amerique, St Jean Baptiste, Guard of Notre Dame Church, Holy Name Society, Malone Council, Knights of Columbus, and Malone Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose. He was active in the affairs of these organisations and at various times in the past had held office in some of them. Mr. Labarge was a member of the Republican party and for years was a member of the local Republican committee.

Mr. Labarge was twice married. On August 23, 1893 he was united in marriage with Omeline Vieu, who passed away in 1918. He married Leah Longtin of Malone, July 27, 1919.

Surviving are his wife, three children, Mrs. Michael LaFrancis of Malone, Edna Labarge and Lawrence Labarge of Malone, a granddaughter, Lorraine LaFrancis, two sisters, Mrs. George Prouse of Malone, and Mrs. Raymond Calvi of New York City.

The funeral will probably be held Thursday morning at Notre Dame church. The exact time will be announced later.

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