Lester Nathaniel Sagan
October 13, 1925 – November 17, 2019
LESTER NATHANIEL SAGAN, 94, passed away at home on Sunday, November 17, 2019. He was born in Boston, MA, on October 13, 1925. He was preceded in passing by his parents David and Cecelia (Feingold) Sagan; his treasured brother, Marc Sagan and sister-in-law, Jean of Leesburg, VA; and his beloved son, Keith Sagan of CA. Lester was a proud graduate of The Boston Latin School, The Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Boston University School of Law. He is survived by his devoted wife, Rose Kadsivitz Sagan; his adoring children, Erica Sagan Arouesty Esq and her husband Raymond Esq of Kailua, HI, Dr. Cindy Oken Feinstein and her husband Mark of Providence, RI, and Russell Oken Esq and his wife Dr. Shara Oken of Brookline, MA. Lester was a loving grandfather to Sean (Jenna) Sagan, Scott Sagan, Michael, Samuel and Hannah Feinstein, Addison Oken; and his great granddaughter, Lianna. Lester served his country with patriotic pride as a member of the Merchant Marines during WWII and the Navy during the Korean War as a full Lieutenant. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on numerous convoys in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic Seas. He was a recipient of many awards, citations and medals including the 4 Bronze Star. At the age of 21, he was the youngest to receive his Master Mariners License. Lester will always be remembered as a sweet and humble gentleman who always gave generously of himself to everyone. All who knew him loved him deeply and admired him for the depth of his selflessness. Funeral service will be held at 1:00PM on Wed. November 20th at Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel – 458 Hope St., Providence, RI, with burial to follow at Lincoln Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Shiva will be held at the home of Mark and Cindy Feinstein on Wed. immediately following the service until 5:00PM, Thurs. 2:00PM-5:00PM and Fri., 12:00PM-2:00PM. For online condolences, please visit www.sugarmansinai.com
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy
- Funeral Service Wednesday, November 20, 2019
- Burial Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Lester Nathaniel Sagan
November 17, 2019
Rose and Family. This poem was shared with me at a time of loss and I share it forward. DEATH IS NOTHING
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way, which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is an absolute unbroken continuity. What is Death but a negligent accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well .
Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford