Lester G. Punchard
November 16, 1934 – July 23, 2013
Lester G. Punchard, 78, of Marblehead, passed away at the Lafayette on July 23, 2013. Born on November 16, 1934 at the old Mary Alley Hospital in Marblehead, he was the son of the late Archie and Gladys (Jones) Punchard.
He attended Marblehead Schools then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. While on active duty he attended atomic, biological, and chemical warfare school as well as NCO leadership school, the latter he graduated first in class. Lester was released from active duty in September of 1956 with the rank of Sergeant.
He worked as a clerk at Zina Goodell Hardware followed by five years as a dispatcher at Lynn Sand and Stone. In 1966 he began a career with the United States Postal Service as a clerk eventually becoming a letter carrier. Retiring in 1992, his time was taken up transporting people to and from Logan Airport and other destinations, gardening for quite a number of people, most with ocean views, and his biggest obsession – genealogy, his own and for others.
He was a member of Marblehead Museum and Historical Society, Essex Society of Genealogy, New England Historic Genealogy, National Maritime Historical Society, and a Plank Owner at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC.
Through his years of genealogical research, he claimed decadency of Philip Aston “the Robinson Crusoe of Marblehead”; two victims of the Witch Hysteria, Roger Conant and John Endicott; 12 passengers on the Mayflower, and earlier European ancestors tracing to English and French Kings.
Lester was predeceased by his former wife of 50 years, Marion E. (Armstrong) Punchard. He is survived by two daughters, Karen O’Donoghue of Lebanon, ME, and her daughter, Leah O’Donoghue of Marathon, FL, and Kristin A. Salters and her husband Stanley, and their children, Ryan and Randall; his sister, Carolyn L. Knight and her husband Howard of Brandenton, FL; two brothers, Philip Punchard of Hesperia, CA, and Clifford Punchard and his wife Connie of Wells, ME, and their daughters, Robin and Kimberly; Nephew, Clifford T. Punchard; and niece Susan Birkholz.
A graveside service with honors will be held at Waterside Cemetery, 294 West Shore Drive, Marblehead on Tuesday, July 30 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marblehead Animal Shelter, 44 Village Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead.
- Graveside Service with Honors Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Lester G. Punchard
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September 10, 2013
Lanky Let (his nick name when we were kids hanging out at state street wharf) He was a good guy with a great sense of humor . brings back lot of fun memories
Melissa Marsh Heaver
August 7, 2013
Lester was such a wonderful man. From being our mailman on Beacon Street, to helping my mom in the garden, he was such an important part of my parents lives. I can still remember him coming out of the garage on the riding lawnmower to mow the field. And I remember him coming back from a trip to California, where he had researched an ancestor of Dad's. He was a true genealogist and will be sorely missed.
July 30, 2013
Les was one of the best at the Marblehead Post Office. A great heart and a crazy sense of humor. I also started at the P.O. in 1966 and enjoyed working with him through his whole career there, although he had many other interests. Sorry for your loss.
Kevin P. Sullivan Salem, MA.
July 29, 2013
Cliffy sorry for the passing of your brother.Down Bucket.Tom Cogswell
July 28, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family today.
July 26, 2013
We certainly thank Clif for the phone call, passing of his Dad, Lester, my cousin. I probably first met Lester while visiting our Grandmother and Grandfather Jones when they lived on Liberty Street, Salem, MA. Families did get together while I was still young living at 290 Essex St, Salem, MA.
After we both were discharged from the Service I still remember the meetings in Marblehead at his Dad's restaurant on Sundays. Lester always had a smile and had kind words. I knew him as a gracious man.
Sent with deepest respects.
Al & Shirley Sirois
P.O. Box 2
East Boothbay, ME 04544
July 26, 2013
Please accept my condolances on the passing of your dad. Mr. Punchard was our mailman for years on Lindsey Street and my girls adored him!
July 26, 2013
Remember Punchy from the Mhead Post Office. He was a great guy and full of life. May he rest peacefully. Bob Moore