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Lester Myron Conners
July 9, 1924 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Lester M. Conners, a cherished soul known for his loving heart, handy skills, and gentle demeanor, passed away peacefully at his residence in Mansfield, MA, on January 14, 2024, at the grand age of 99. Lester, a proud native of Bar Harbor, Maine, born on July 9, 1924, the son of the late Earl F. and Evelyn (Garry) Conners. Led a life marked by dedication to his family, his country, and the many students he mentored over the years.
Lester's journey began on the scenic shores of Maine, where he grew up with a deep appreciation for the simple pleasures of life. His love for hands-on craftsmanship led him to pursue and attain a bachelor's degree, laying the foundation for a lifelong passion for teaching and learning. Lester's commitment to education shone brightly during his tenure as a beloved woodshop teacher for over 20 years within the Norton School Department. His patience and expertise shaped the minds and abilities of countless young individuals, leaving a legacy of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen in his wake.
A decorated World War II veteran, Lester served his country with honor and valor as a member of the US Army. His bravery and sacrifice are remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing this humble hero. Lester's strength of character was matched only by his kindness and his unwavering sense of duty.
Beyond the classroom and the battlefield, Lester's interests were as varied as they were rich. An avid woodworker, his hands crafted not only the minds of youth but also the beauty of wood into art and utility. His love for country dancing and country music often found him two-stepping the night away, much to the delight of his long-time companion, Grace Quintin, with whom he shared many of life's joys, for over 40 years.
Lester's passion for life extended to the thrill of midget racing tracks and the adventures of travel. A sports enthusiast, he was a fervent supporter of the New England Patriots, celebrating their victories with the same vigor with which he lived his life. In quieter moments, Lester found solace in the pages of a good book, the challenge of a crossword puzzle, and the meticulous art of auto body restoration, where he expressed his creative side through painted designs on cars. He is best known for his endless stories of growing up in Maine.
His legacy is carried on by his loving family: sons Michael of Florida, Lester of Las Vegas, and the memory of his late son Patrick; his daughter Lydia Fitzgerald of Moultonborough, NH, his grandchildren Michael Conners of Bass Harbor, Maine, John Fitzgerald of Hyde Park, and Liam Fitzgerald of Moultonborough, NH. Lester was predeceased by his sister, the late Mary Lou Smith, whose memories remain a cherished part of the family's history.
Lester's life was a tapestry of hard work, service, and joy. Those who knew him will remember the twinkle in his eye when he solved a particularly tricky puzzle or the pride in his voice when speaking of his students' achievements. He was a man who built not just with wood, but with love, and his creations—both tangible and in the hearts of those he touched—will endure for generations.
As we bid farewell to Lester M. Conners, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man well-loved. His was a journey of purpose, pleasure, and presence, and though he will be deeply missed, his spirit will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to have known him. Rest in peace, Lester, and may your memory be a beacon of warmth and light to us all. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. A memorial service will be planned for the spring. Arrangements by the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, East Providence, RI. www.rebellofuneralhome.com