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Jos Rene Laliberty (1929 - 2015)
John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Lecanto Florida – Rene Laliberty, 86, a resident of Brentwood Retirement Community passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Hospice House of Citrus County and the Nature Coast with angles by his side. He was born in Andover Massachusetts on March 5, 1929 the son of Charles W. and Helen M. (Derocher). He was one of 10 children raised during the Depression. Rene attended grammar and high school in Lawrence, Massachusetts and went on to graduate from Bryant-McIntosh Business College in Andover, MA. At the age of 19, Rene enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was assigned to the 1741st Air Transport Wing during the Korean War. He was a Sergeant Major in the Air Force from 1948-1953. In 1954 he met and married his predeceased wife Donna (Osborne), together they raised 3 children and shared 61 beautiful years together.
Rene believed an education was very important. He would say it opens the mind and expands it. He went on to further his education at the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State, University of Delaware and lastly at the University of Maine.
Rene’s career spanned over 30 years in health care, starting with his employment at Mercy Hospital in Portland ME. He left Mercy Hospital to join the staff at Seton Hospital in Waterville ME. His work there was the result of the consolidation of two hospitals (Seton and Thayer) into the Mid-Maine Medical Center. After 18 years, he left Mid-Maine Medical Center as the Vice President of Human Resources to start his own consulting firm, Laliberty & Associates, specializing in providing cost-effective human resource and risk management for companies worldwide. Rene was a human resources expert, lecturer and author of five books on labor and employee relations, and in health-care management. Rene, twice received a literature award from the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources.
In 1994, Rene retired and moved to Hernando Florida. Rene appreciated spending time with his family and friends, working in his gardens, and was an avid reader. His greatest pride and joy was his son Jamie. Being a strong advocate for children with disabilities, it wasn’t long before Rene and Donna, with the help of very close friends started an organization to share their knowledge and experiences with others, and to developed programs to support children with disabilities, ( helping them to reach beyond their disabilities ), thus the beginnings of a wonderful organization still going strong today, known as FFRA (Families & Friends of Retarded Adults) in Citrus County FL.
Rene believed in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Citrus Springs where he was a faithful parishioner for many years. Rene is survived by his son Jamie Laliberty, two daughters, Jacqueline Orchard and Michelle LePage, both of Winslow ME, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rene was very blessed to have had many devoted friends that cared for him over the years and loved him beyond words. He will be missed by many. A special thankyou to the staff of the Hospice House of Citrus County and the Nature Coast for their loving care and support.
Private cremation arrangements are under the care of Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness FL. At a later date burial arrangements will be made at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta, ME.
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