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Lester H. Smith, Jr.

February 23rd, 2017

Lester H. Smith, Jr., fondly known as “Smitty” or “Brother” to his family and friends, of Vero Beach, FL formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully with his family at his side on February 8, 2017; he was 84 years of age.

Lester was born and raised in Wilmington, MA; he was the dear son of the late Lester and Thora Smith. Lester was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1950.

On January 22, 1953, Lester was inducted into the United States Army during the Korean War. He served overseas as a Corporal and was awarded the National Defense Medal as well as the Army occupation of Germany Medal. Lester was honorably discharged from active duty in January of 1955 and returned home to his family in Wilmington.

Lester was always a hard worker; in his early years he worked as a local milk man for Red Eaton, he was also a custodian at Wilmington High School, drove a school bus for the local kids, and ran his own paint and wallpapering business for many years. Lester took a position as a firefighter for the Wilmington Fire Department a job he loved and where he worked for more than 25 years. Les was very dedicated to his job as a firefighter and to serving the Town of Wilmington; he was a great worker and got along well with his fellow firefighters.

Lester married “his sweetheart” Ellen Brown on October 16, 1955; the couple made their home in Wilmington and raised three wonderful children; Mark, Cheryl, and Scott. Lester loved to work around the house and out in his yard; he was very handy, he enjoyed “puttering around” and doing his projects. Lester always kept himself busy and he kept his property in pristine condition. Lester also enjoyed the time he spent with his family, he was a very devoted husband, father, son, brother and a loving grandfather who adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lester loved his family unconditionally and was always there to lend a helping hand.

In the early 1980’s Lester and Ellen retired and moved to Vero Beach, Florida to get away from the New England winters and all of the snow. Lester was never one to sit still so he decided to start his own pressure washing business while in Florida; Lester had a great way with his customers and a meticulous work ethic which made his business quite a success.

Lester and Ellen made a wonderful home in Florida and many friends throughout the years; they always welcomed family to visit but they came home to Wilmington every year to visit their family and friends.

Lester was quite a sportsman and very athletic; for many years he played hockey and his favorite position was goalie. He also enjoyed watching and betting on Jai Alai; this was a fast paced and highly competitive sport.

In his spare time, Lester enjoyed going to the beach, traveling and vacationing with his family and friends; everyone always had a good time when they were with him.

Lester will be fondly remembered as a great guy who would do anything for anyone; he had a wonderful personality and would greet you with a big smile. Lester will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lester was the beloved husband of Ellen (Brown) Smith, devoted father of Mark Smith, father-in-law of Heidi Hall Smith of Vero Beach, FL, Cheryl Smith and Scott Smith & his wife Marybeth all of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Mark Jr., Alyssa, Nicole, Danielle, Samantha, Jaclyn, Derek, Shauna, and great-grandchildren Matthew, Brooklyn, Addison, and Myles. Cherished son of the late Lester H. and Thora (Christensen) Smith, dear brother of Ella Efraimson & her late husband Carl, Barbara Cleveland, and Douglas Smith & his wife Bonny all of Wilmington, the late Roland Smith and Shirley Boyer, brother-in-law of Eleanor Smith of Scituate. Lester is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Monday, March 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 12th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Lester’s memory may be made to the VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960

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9 Entries in Guest Book for “Lester H. Smith, Jr.”

  1. Mike Champoux says:

    Sincere condolences to the entire Smith family! Wilmington is fortunate to have had Lester serve on the Fire Dept and to have his family be such a strong part of the town’s past and present. My and my family’s prayers are extended to you all.

    Selectman Mike Champoux

  2. william fay says:

    “Do anything for anybody “….. that description fits Brother to a tee…..I was the recipient of many favors and participated in favors he did for others….often overstated, the phrase, “never met a nicer guy” aptly describes him…… always the gentleman, until he laced up his skates…. on the ice he was a fierce competitor and teammate……for all of us who knew him, I think we’d agree, we’re all better for the experience….. Rest In Peace, my friend…..

  3. Sheryl Smith says:

    My sympathies to the entire Smith family. I have many happy memories of Les, and remember the many projects he did for me. He was a hard working man for sure.

  4. Sheryl Smith says:

    My sympathies to the Smith family. Les was a hard working man who has helped many of us through the years. I have many happy memories of years gone by.

  5. David &Mary Dane says:

    Smithy will be missed by Mary and I we remember him
    Laughing at me as he supervised a small repair on our roof. Rest in peace Smitty????

  6. David and Helene Powers says:

    We became Smitty’s neighbor shortly before he became ill and quickly learned what a great neighbor and great guy he was. We wish we could have known him longer. Our deepest sympathies to Ellen and her wonderful family.

  7. Wayne and Carol Sweatland says:

    There could never be anyone to replace him. RIP Smitty, we’ll never forget you.

  8. Clare and Bob Cannon says:

    Rest in Peace Les you were one of bestI thanks for all you did for us. When came to vero beach and TO never say never
    manyp people come in to our life but only a few leave foot prints on our hearts

  9. Johnson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Smith family, Sam has always spoken so high and sincerely of you, may you find a peaseful resting place, Love Butchie and Sandra

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