February 28, 1963 ~ October 16, 2021

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece , NY

GREECE- Saturday October 16th, 2021, at age 58.  Predeceased by son Nelson E. LeBarron III, Mother Gail Collins, Stepmother Kathleen LeBarron, mother-in-law Virginia Schirmer, nephew, Christopher LaJuett. Survived by loving wife Carol LeBarron (Szczepanski), Daughter Alexandra (Brandon) O’Buck; Son in his heart, Daniel Purpura; Father Nelson E. LeBarron Sr,  Father-in-law Richard S(Barbara) Szczepanski, brother-in-law Richard L (Christina) Szczepanski and nieces  Brianna, Sarah,  Taylor, and and nephew Ryan (Jaime) Ballinger; brother-in-law John (Maria) Szczepanski and and nephews Matthew and Tristan; Niece Shannon (Mark) Babcock and nephew Jeffery (Danielle) Lajuett ; The Vay family:  Margaret (Tim) Mahns, Donna (Ron) Honan, Tom (Karin) Vay, Larry(Laurie) Vay, Kathy (Todd) Nettnin , and their children;  Bonnie(Bob) Chiella, Craig Morrison,  Paulo Koroniwsky, Beverly (Frank) Musso, Clyde (Judy) Morrison and their children;  Donna Golden and nephew Nathan Kessler, Brother-by-another-mother and USS Niagara Falls shipmate Jeff (Coll) L’Ecuyer, cousins, many dear friends, and a league of young men that we call “The Boys” – – faithful friends of our son that have stood at his side for 12 years.

Nelson retired from the US Navy after 26 years, as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. During the first four years of active service as a boatswain’s mate aboard the USS Niagara Falls he was stationed in both Alameda, CA, and Guam. His travels included Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Japan, Bali, Korea, and Australia.   He returned to the Navy as a Reservist.   He was a rig captain and top yard and stay operator for Cargo Afloat Rig Team 401. In this he specialized in transferring fuel, munitions, and stores, from one ship to another (UNREP) while underway.  He especially enjoyed participating in RIMPAC in Pearl Harbor, HI,  – The Rim of the Pacific – which is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. In 2003 he was activated and participated in Operation Noble Eagle/ Operation Enduring Freedom upon the SS Cape Gibson which took him to the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and Persian Gulf. His service to his country and devotion to his fellow sailors was a passion to him. He was a true patriot.

He was an employee of The University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics as a Senior Optical Manufacturing Engineer for 28 years. There he served many roles from coater operator, optic component assembler, and laser equipment specialist.  His work contributed in building LLE’s OMEGA/EP lasers in Rochester, NY, The National Ignition Facility laser in Livermore, CA, and the LMJ laser located in France.  He coauthored several articles having worked on various research and development projects, notably as a key contributor to the development of an ion-etching process.

Nelson had a life-long love of comics, especially Marvel and Spiderman.  He also loved movies, music, and reading books.  He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, or even a day trip adventure. He enjoyed a good scotch and a good conversation.

Above all, Nelson was a loving and devoted husband and father and son.  It was well known that nothing meant more to him than his family.  His family grew over the years with friends who became family.  He will always be remembered not only for his clever wit and humor, but also for his warmth, kindness, and character.  His kindness shined through his eyes and his laughter and smile lit up a room.  He will be greatly missed by a great many who loved him.  Thank you everyone for the overwhelming amount of love and support.  “What is grief, if not love persevering?”


Friends may call Friday (Oct 22nd) 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday (Oct 23rd) 10:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory.



Visitation: October 22, 2021 4:00 pm - October 22, 2021 7:00 pm

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: October 23, 2021 10:30 am

Our Mother of Sorrows Church
5000 Mt. Read Blvd
Rochester, NY 14612

Burial: October 23, 2021 12:00 pm

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Nelson E. LeBarron 's name.

Wounded Warriors Project

P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675

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  1. CDR Donna Kane, NC,USNR. My heart is heavy with this news. He lived a fabulous adventure of a life. He taught me how to get sailors to do the work and make it fun. I’m sorry I can’t attend but know my thoughts and prayers are with you always.

  2. So many memories, so many adventures….or should I say misadventures? Who will be the ring leader now? Who will come up with the ideas that always seemed to hold the possibility of trouble and were ALWAYS fun. You were one of a kind and I will miss you so much. Rest well my friend!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss and certainly know what you are going through. Much love and prayers to the family.

  4. It’s a very sad day when we lose a childhood friend. The memories I have are all happy ones and they will never be forgotten. The adventures were epic and a little bit scary, but I wouldn’t change anything. I’m so thankful we were all able to connect again within the last couple of years and that we were able to have one last adventure. I wish you peace….

  5. Nelson was a true professional and a gentleman. He was always diligent, dedicated, and responsible in his performance at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). I remember the day he was hired and was pleased to meet him in the hallways over the past 29 years. He was always respectful and smiling. He will be missed by many. I extend my condolences to his wife and family.
    Capt Steven Loucks (USN Ret.), Past Deputy Director of LLE

  6. I worked with Nelson for many years and looked forward to his smiling face daily. He will be greatly missed but he is at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  7. Thoughts and prayers to the family , we always had conversations about french crates or the latest marvel movies.
    We will miss your wit and integrity

  8. All of us at LLE share in the grief and sadness of Nelson gone too soon. Words are never adequate at these times. Nelson was a wonderful employee and he will be missed but not forgotten.

  9. Nelson was a beloved member of the UR/LLE community for 28 years, it is a big shock to lose him. He was a super important contributor to the Optical Manufacturing group (OMAN). As part of that Senior Manufacturing Engineer role, he provided essential support to the OMEGA EP laser facility – an extraordinarily powerful and productive science laser – in my area of the lab. He had so many people he connected with here at the lab, and many here knew him well, including me. Rest in peace Nelson- you were a great person and taken too soon from this world – and my sincere condolences to all family, friends, and co-workers.

  10. There are no words to express my deepest condolences to his family in the loss of your husband and father. Nelson was one-of-a-kind, and he will be forever missed at UR-LLE. Almost 28 years in OMAN – loyal, dedicated, honest, hardworking, witty, wise-ass, family man, patriot, and friend. So many stories, so many movie-reference zingers that went over my head, so many vent sessions, so many laughs and so much appreciation for a coworker that was a true friend. He always kept it real, and he will never be forgotten. Joker out, RIP, and God Bless! Our deepest sympathy and prayers. Peace and love – Amy, Ron and family

  11. I am so very sad to hear of Nelson’s passing. He was always so much fun to be around and I have years of memories of his and my brother’s escapades at OMAN (with pictures to prove them).

    I pray that God brings you strength and comfort during this difficult time. May the day soon come when thoughts of Nelson bring a smile to you face instead of tears to your eyes.

    Sending love,

    Loretta Chrzan-Williams

  12. I knew Nelson for a short time but in that short time, I found him to be a very nice person. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  13. I just heard of the loss of my long time “sweetie” Nel. I had the pleasure to see this young man grow up to be the caring and spiritual hero he was to his family and friends. I’m sorry to all of us he left behind. He made friends for life , from the family and friends from Stoneridge days to the brothers in the service . I know he will have a cup of tea ready and waiting for him as he enters
    Heaven as his Mother and Nonnie have been waiting for him. Boy, is he going to be busy.
    Till we meet again.

  14. My deepest condolences to the Lebarron family. Fair winds and following seas Shipmate.

  15. Amy said it all – great guy who will be missed by all. I can only add, “Fair winds and following seas shipmate – we have the watch.”

  16. Rest In Peace shipmate. My honor to have served with you. We will share a San Miguel, swap sea stories, compare tattoos and scars a little further up the road.

  17. Heartbroken is an understatement!
    To say goodbye to one of my favorite coworkers whom I had the pleasure to work, laugh, and cry with for twenty-eight years. There are no words that can express the depths of my sadness or the immense gratitude for having the privilege of being part of your OMEGA family.
    Nelson’s spirit, integrity, and legacy will be forever remembered in my heart.
    My deepest condolences to all.
    Hope D’Alessandro

  18. Heartbroken is an understatement!
    To say goodbye to one of my favorite co-workers whom I had the pleasure to work, laugh, and cry with for twenty-eight years. There are no words that can express the depths of my sadness or the immense gratitude for having the privilege of being part of your OMEGA family.
    Nelson’s spirit, integrity, and legacy will be forever remembered in my heart.
    My deepest condolences to all.
    Hope D’Alessandro

  19. My memories of Nelson are fond. I didn’t know him well but did have the pleasure of being in his presence many times with Tom, Larry, Kathy and the rest of the Vay family. He was a big part of their family and I always thought how wonderful that was. May you rest in peace and may the coming days for all grieving your loss be filled with warm memories and the rays of sunshine that are you spirit.

  20. I still cannot believe that he is not with us anymore. I will always remember him. Nelson was such a fantastic person and a great friend of mine.
    May God give your family the strength to cope with this saddened time.

  21. I am shocked and saddened to hear of Nelson’s passing. I worked with him back in the 1990’s and had been back in touch during the past year,. Nelson was one of the most caring generous people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and his sense of humor always lit up the room. He was such a wonderful person and will be so greatly missed….

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  23. I knew Nelson from the UR Laser Lab. Nelson was one of a kind. He kept it real and knew when to get serious. My condolences to the family. You haven’t lost him, you know where he is and he’s resting in peace.
    Sarah Frasier

  24. My heart is heavy with this news. So very sorry for your loss. Nelson was a true brother in arms. I hope he is resting easy in the Chiefs’ Mess with a mug in his hand! Fair winds and following seas my brother!
    Chief Diana Cromie, Retired

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