OBITUARY

Lester J Smith

May 9, 1939March 9, 2014
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OAKDALE – Lester J. Smith, 74, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, March 9th, 2014.

He was born in New London, CT on May 9, 1939 to the late Leslie and Anna (Dombrowski) Smith. After completing high school he soon began working for Electric Boat from where he retired as an Outside Machinist Supervisor in 1995 after 39 years of service. On October 17, 1959, Lester married his high school sweetie, Margaret (Snow) who survives him.

Lester, or “Teddy Bear” as co-workers, friends and family would refer to him, loved many things including fishing, NASCAR racing, building and flying model airplanes and was a member of “Prop Busters” RC Flying Club in Salem as well. What he loved most however, was the time spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters; Deborah Loeber and partner Stephen Wood of Oakdale, Lorrie Gates and husband Harold of Norwich, Jennifer Thomas and husband Sean of Salem, Sherrie Oloski and husband Stephen of Oakdale, grandchildren; Kevin, Jeffery, Scott and Jessica Gates, David Loeber, Avery Thomas, Shelby and Seth Oloski, one great-granddaughter, Natalie Mae Gates and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son; Lester J. Smith Jr., in 2000, two brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6pm – 8pm at the Montville Funeral Home of Church & Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Tnpk., Uncasville, CT. Funeral Services will be at the funeral home on Thursday at 11am with a calling hour beginning at 10am. Burial will immediately follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Uncasville, CT.

To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com

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Services

  • Visitation / Calling Hours Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  • Visitation / Calling Hour Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Interment Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Dior Mulholland

March 27, 2014

To the Smith Family,

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

DAWNIA LUMADUE-PARISEK

March 16, 2014

TO ALL THE SMITH FAMILY, MY FAMILY AND I KNEW LESTER FROM OUR SHOP. HE WAS A CUSTOMER BUT MUCH MORE THAN THAT HE WAS A FRIEND. WE HAVE ALL MISSED HIM THESE PAST YEARS SINCE OUR DAD PASSED AWAY. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. LOVE FROM THE GANG AT "JOYDONS"

Fred Meyer

March 14, 2014

On behalf of the RC Propbusters we express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Although Smitty, was not active for the past several years, we older folk remember him well and always enjoyed his company at breakfast and at the field. Smitty was always ready to take another photo and did maintain an excellent historical book for our club. We will remember him on our memorial board at the Salem field and his spirit will be an integral part of our annual memorial event for Propbusters missing in action.
For the RC Propbusters...Fred Meyer, Club Officer.

March 13, 2014

Lori and family, these are difficult times but always remember the good times as I am sure that is how you dad would want it be for all of you. Everyone said he loved his family first and foremost and you are blessed to have had him for your dad. Cherish the gift he gave you...one another...his family. God's peace and Blessings to all of you. Special prayers for mom.

Carole Baier

March 12, 2014

Jen and family, I'm so sorry for the passing of your Dad. You are all in my prayers.

March 12, 2014

Jen Thomas and family
No words can express my deepiest sympathys, i am sorry for your loss and my thoughts are withh at this time.
Heather & Efrain Ingles

March 12, 2014

Peggy - many years have passed since we talked but at this time you and your family are in my prayers. There is a time to mourn and a time to laugh so always remember the good times.
Jeanne Desrosiers McNary, Lyme, CT

March 12, 2014

Jen, Sean & Avery -

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Lisa and Wayne

March 12, 2014

Peg & family: From our hearts to yours , a great loss. May all of you remember the good times , they will still be there , only in a different way. Think of you all . GOD BLESS ..

March 12, 2014

this is don smith went to high school with him I am sorry