OBITUARY

Lester J Smith

October 4, 1918August 29, 2018
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Lester J. Smith (99) of Norwich passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 29, 2018. Lester was born on October 4, 1918 in Mansfield,Mass. to Lester J. Smith Sr. and Helen Varney Smith, Lester grew up in Walpole, Mass and graduated from Walpole High School. During his youth, Lester and his friends loved to go to Fenway Park and watch the Red Sox play ball. He once rode his bicycle from Walpole to Connecticut and on to New York City with a friend for an Eagle Scout Project. Lester married Gladys Maynard on Sept. 14, 1940 at the United Methodist Church in Uncasville, Ct. Lester and Gladys met while working together in the kitchen of L&M Hospital. Gladys predeceased him on Nov. 15, 1997. They had 4 children Ronald N. Smith ( Catherine) who predeceased in 2012, Robert J. Smith (Diana) of Plainfield, Ralph W, Smith ( Terry) of Groton and Debra L, Sloan (Jeffrey) of Norwich. Lester retired from Pfizer Inc. in 1980 after working 30 years as a foreman of the Carpentry Shop. Lester was a life long Red Sox fan and enjoyed traveling to Boston and researching his family tree. Lester was predeceased by his sister Ruth Dumas and brother Charles G. Smith. In addition to his children, Lester leaves behind eight grandchildren Robert J. Smith Jr. ( JoAnne) of Kingston , New Hampshire, Karin Smith ( Tony) of Windsor, Douglas N. Smith (Jill) of Janesville, Wisconsin, Jason Smith of Plainfield, Shannon Moriarity,and Craig Smith of Waterford, Amber Sloan of Groves, Texas and J. T. Sloan of Montville. He also leaves behind four great grandchildren Abigail and Sophie Smith of Kingston, New Hampshire and Liam and Delaney Moriarity of Waterford.

Services

  • Calling Hours / Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Funeral Services Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Interment Friday, September 7, 2018
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Lester J Smith

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Betty Ritsch

September 4, 2018

We always had a good time with our cousins. Usually an annual trip for us to go to Connecticut or they would come to Maine to visit us. Lester was a cousin to my dad. He was very patient and kind as was Gladys. God bless you all during these times of grief. I can just picture Lester reunited with the love of his life

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