John Lee Alfortish
John Lee Alfortish
  • September 1, 1943 - October 21, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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John L. Alfortish passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the age of 74. John was born on September 1, 1943 in New Orleans to the late Sidney and Virginia Alfortish.

He is survived by his son Stephen Alfortish and daughter Ann Alfortish Laurent (Todd); grandchildren Stephanie Calvo (Patrick) and Alexander Alfortish; great-grandson Connor Calvo.

John entered the New Orleans Fire Department in 1963, moving up the ranks quickly he was promoted to District Chief in 1977. Retiring in 1988 after 25 years with NOFD, he served as Deputy State Fire Marshall and Fire Inspector. His passion for the fire department was evident in the numerous roles he played throughout his career as well as the commendations he received from New Orleans mayors, citizens and Jefferson Parish for assisting in a warehouse fire. John was Man of the Year for the Police and Fireman Holy Name Society. He served on the Board of the New Orleans Fireman’s Federal Credit Union, New Orleans Fire Department Pension and Relief Fund and Aquila Carnival Club. He was co-founder and past Vice President of New Orleans Association and Fire Chief’s, past Vice President Veterans Firefighters Association of New Orleans and member of the International Association of Fire Chief’s. John will be remembered as a devoted father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.

A private funeral will be held.

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