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In Memory of

Charles J. McLester, Jr.

December 24, 1921 - May 12, 2017

Obituary


Charles J. McLester, Jr. passed away at home on May 12, 2017 at age 95. Charles was born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York to Charles J. and Marie Pingpank McLester on December 24, 1921.

Charles proudly served his country in The United States Navy during WWII in the South Pacific and in the Korean War as a member of the Seabees. After his service, Charles joined Con Edison where he worked for 50 years. He celebrated his retirement with over 100 coworkers in 1999.

Charles met the love of his...

Charles J. McLester, Jr. passed away at home on May 12, 2017 at age 95. Charles was born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York to Charles J. and Marie Pingpank McLester on December 24, 1921.

Charles proudly served his country in The United States Navy during WWII in the South Pacific and in the Korean War as a member of the Seabees. After his service, Charles joined Con Edison where he worked for 50 years. He celebrated his retirement with over 100 coworkers in 1999.

Charles met the love of his life, Isabella A. Del Pizzo at Valeria in upstate New York. They were married on April 16, 1955 at Our Lady of Refuge Church, Bronx, N.Y. Charles and Isabella were married for 58 years before she passed away in 2013. Charles was a devoted father and grandfather. He loved his country and had wonderful memories of family trips including visits to the national monuments in Washington, D.C. and The Admiral Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. He loved his Rosary group, Monday afternoon bridge games, his Amazin' Mets, NY Rangers and cocktails on the patio.

Charles raised his family in Yonkers, New York, where he was a parishioner and usher for 50 years of St. Eugene's Catholic Church. He is survived by children Regina and David Sheil, Mary and Jordan Glass, Anna and John Carberry and Anthony McLester and Jennie Iorio-McLester, four adoring grandchildren Ross and Kevin Sheil and Tara and Michael Carberry, and many loving nieces and nephews. We all loved Poppy. We will always remember his strong faith in God, indomitable spirit, his zest for life, and his happy heart.

The family would like to give a special thank you to his friends and the staff at Sunrise Senior Living especially Barbara, Becky, Chris, Emiline, Esther, Nancy, Nastassia, Rosa, Ty and Yolanda and all the others who helped Dad enjoy each and every day.

A gathering of Charles' family and friends will be Sunday, May 21 from 4 to 8 pm at Gallaghers Funeral Home, Summer St., Stamford. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 22 at 10 am at St. Gabriel's Church, Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Burial will follow at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown, Ct.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charles' memory to Paralyzed Veterans of America MISSION: ABLE, (PVA.org) or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.