Robert E. "Bob" Lafayette
1932 - 2020
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May 26, 1932 ˜ August 30, 2020
“Praying to the Powerful Forever”

Bob Lafayette, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away in his sleep on Sunday morning, Aug. 30.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, Bob served his country both in the Army, where he was a paratrooper during the Korean War, and in the Air Force, where he met his future wife of 61 years, Shelley.
After settling in Vancouver, WA, in 1970, Bob worked for 25 years as an electrician at Ross Substation, before retiring in 1995 to dedicate all of his time to the mental health community through NAMI, CVAB, and Portland’s Club 53. With his characteristic strong sense of duty and responsibility, he left an indelible mark upon the many people he touched in countless hours of service, being described by a grateful colleague as “the salt of the earth,” and proudly wearing a pin clients made for him that read “Let Bob be Bob.”
Throughout his life, he was an avid student of history and of Shakespeare, and he imparted them upon friends, family, and acquaintances alike with generous enthusiasm. All of his children and their friends remember the punishment he routinely meted out for rambunctiousness: a timeout with assigned reading from “European Discovery of America.”
He is survived by his wife, Shelley; sister, Mary; daughters, Andrea and Lora; sons, David and John; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
We mourn his passing, but we celebrate his life, and we are grateful to have shared in his journey.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on;
and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 4, 2020.
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September 23, 2020
I miss my dad every day. And regret that I did not realize what we all know, but few attend to: that life ends, and we don't have forever to read that book dad loved and wanted us to know too. Or to ask questions about his childhood. Here is a photo of dad with his first grandchild, Lily Fisher.
Andrea Lafayette- Burniske
September 8, 2020
We would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the Lafayette family for the loss of a great husband and father. He will be profoundly missed.
Brian and Noralee Sharp
September 7, 2020
Bob was a great guy. I have very fond memories of going to see foreign films with him and Dave at Cinema 21 back in the late 80s. Bob's perspective was always entertaining and enriching.
Jason Spicer
September 4, 2020
We have wonderful memories of Bob as an active parent in Cub Scout Pack 343 which met at Hazel Dell Elementary School. Bob was a great volunteer and strong supporter of the Pack and a tireless contributor to this family-oriented group of very active kids and parent volunteers. We have not seen Bob in many years but remember him and his caring, sharing, intelligence and sense of humor. Our sincere condolences go to Shelley and the family.
Larry and Carol Hansen
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