Chester A LeHay
October 10, 1919 – April 20, 2013
Chester Arthur LeHay of Skowhegan passed away in Brunswick on April 20, 2013 at the age of 93. Chester died of complications from pneumonia and lung cancer and was comforted at the end by family and friends. He resided at Dionne Commons. Chester was born on October 10, 1919 in Embden, Maine. He was one of ten children born to Fred and Jennie (Brown) LeHay. He grew up on a farm in Embden and attended schools in Embden and New Portland. Chester endured many hardships during his childhood. His father died when he was 8 leaving his mother with ten children to raise on her own. When he was 10, he and a younger sister went to live with other farm families to help his mother make ends meet. He left school after 8th grade to work as a woodsman. When he was 17, he worked at the Great Northern Paper mill until he was drafted into the army on August 18, 1942. Chester served as a truck driver with the Military Police on the European front stationed in Paris, France. It was at a USO dance there that Chester met his beautiful Parisian wife-to-be, Hélène Léchauguette. Chester was honorably discharged on Dec. 2, 1945. He earned a Rifle Sharpshooter badge, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with a Bronze Star, and a Good Conduct Medal. He returned to Paris in August, 1946 and married Hélène on September 10, 1946. After proudly showing off his wife to his mother and his siblings in Maine, they settled in Coventry, Rhode Island. Their only daughter, Christine, was born in 1947. Even though Chester had little formal schooling, education was important to him. He encouraged his daughter to pursue college degrees and he entered a machinist’s jet engineering course in order to work at Douglas Aircraft in California during the 1960s. He also worked for Bostitch/Textron while living in Rhode Island. He filled his time off from work with landscaping their yard, working on his cars, woodworking projects, going to swap meets, participating in archery and horseshoe tournaments, and playing cards. When visiting his brothers and sisters in Maine, he could always be found playing cribbage or 63. Chester and Hélène retired to Skowhegan, Maine in 1982. He was a participant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church and helped with Christmas fairs, church bazaars, and served as an offertory minister. He was a member of the VFW. His wife, Hélène, his brothers Robert, Joe, George, and Alex, his sisters Melvina, Lucille, Annie, and Ethel, predeceased Chester. His daughter Christine of Freeport, grandsons Benjamin and Matthew, Lesa Andreasen, Nancy Crawley, his sister Freda, and many nieces and nephews survive him. A viewing will be held at the Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jude’s Church, 134 Main Street, Freeport on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 9:30a.m. Interment will take place at Sunset Cemetery in North Anson on Saturday May 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to: Dionne Commons Activity Fund, 24 Maurice Dr., Brunswick, Me. 04011 or CHANS Hospice, 60 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, Me. 04011
- Visitation Saturday, April 27, 2013
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 11, 2013
Chester A LeHay
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
receive updates when new memories are postedRECEIVE UPDATES
May 17, 2014
This my last chance to say how much I love so will light a candle with my love.
All of you children are together now with your Mom & Dad
February 19, 2014
I love my Uncle Chester with all my heart he was very dear to me and I miss him and think of him every day
April 25, 2013
Sorry for your dad's passing away.He has been reunited with his beloved wife,father& mother,all his brother's& sisters.They can really play cards now.Love you all,Angeline
April 23, 2013
Sorry for the loss of your father. He was a great uncle to me. He will be missed dearly. Lots of love to you..
April 23, 2013
Another from the 'Greatest Generation' in God's care.
Thank you for your service.
April 23, 2013
Dear Christine and family please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. he was a wonderful man. Now he is at peace and with his dear Helene, whom he loved dearly. He will be missed by all. Love to you all. Duane and Larry