Melvin E. "Mel" Lafferty

June 5, 1928November 13, 2012

Melvin Lafferty, 84, of Homosassa, passed away Nov. 13, 2012 under the loving care of his family and HPH Hospice. Mel was born in Troy, N.Y., to Clifford and Emma Lafferty. He graduated from Siena College and the American College with a degree in CLU. He worked for Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. for 30 years, retiring as a regional manager in Syracuse, N.Y. Upon graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and played in Washington, DC in the Fleet Band on the West coast and throughout the Far East. He continued as an active musician when obtaining his college degree, playing with the big bands throughout New York State and New England. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served in the Army Third Division in Korea as a forward observer, being discharged as a First Lieutenant. Upon moving to Homosassa in 1989, he kept active in many organizations such as Kiwanis, the CVPOA, American Legion and West Citrus Elks, while golfing at Sugarmill Woods and Southern Woods. Remebering him with love are is wife of 60 years, Dorothy; son, Lee Lafferty; daughter, Lynn Gallagher; grandchildren, Christy, Tameko, Paula, Zabrina and Zachary and great grandchildren, Brittany, Victoria and Sara, along with his many friends. A memorial service and West Citrus Elks Lodge #2683 ceremony will be 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, with Chaplain Carl Hemphill officiating. Mel’s family will receive friends at 10:30 AM until time of service. A celebration of Mel’s life will be with his family and friends at the Elks Lodge following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 or HPH Hospice, 3545 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 16, 2012

Melvin E. "Mel" Lafferty

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December 8, 2013

Sending my holiday love to Mel in Heaven., dot

dorothy Lafferty

December 8, 2013

Although a year has passed by, you are
deeply missed every day, every hour.
Our love was a long and lasting one.


December 5, 2012

It was a privilege knowing Mel. He was always a lot of fun to be around. We will miss him.

Mel and Tina Beckelhimer

Veronica Davis

November 24, 2012

I will remember Mel fondly and hope that the wonderful legacy that he left will continue through his family. He was a wonderful man who was loved by all. My deepest sympathies to all who were touched by him <3

Pete and Sylvia LaVallee

November 20, 2012

Sorry to hear of Mel's passing. We think of the good times together.

John & Lynda Colomb

November 16, 2012

we will miss Mel but, more importantly, we will remember him (especially for his terrific sense of humor).

Steve & Sandy Mott

November 16, 2012

Mel was a wonderful man. We always enjoyed our time together, especially the Christmas get togethers...some great memories to cherish.

November 16, 2012

Dot,Joyce and I offer our sincere sympathy on learning of Mel's passing. We have often thought of you and Mel. I especially remember the good times we had playing golf as partners during our Radison years. We will have you in our prayers as you go forward during this difficult time in your life.
Joyce and Jim Acles Louisville, KY

Joe & Beth Tarnowski

November 15, 2012

A nice guy and a loving husband. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you, Dot.

Verner & Jane Mize

November 15, 2012

Death ends a life, not a relationship Memories of the good times means Mel will never go away...he will live on in our hearts forever!!!!!