Lester, Morris

July 21, 1925 ~ December 14, 2014

LESTER, Morris Clinton – Age 89 of Brights Grove, formerly of Courtright and Brigden, passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Beloved husband of his sweetie Virginia (Garvin) (1992). Loving father of 6 daughters: Maureen and her husband Robert Barnes of Courtright; Laurel Lester of London; Janice and her husband John Knight of Corunna; Jill and her husband David Arnold of Brights Grove; Heather and her husband Tom Arnott of Durham; Virginia Beth and her husband Gerry Hill of Elora. Loved by his grandchildren Tracy and Jason Williams, Ryan and Kelly Barnes, Jim and Jennifer Knight, Corrin and Derek Wilson, John Hill and Laura Hill. Cherished by his great-grandchildren Megan and Alyson Williams, Blake and Kaci Barnes, Samantha, Nathan and Elizabeth Wilson, Alexandria and Oliver Knight. Survived by his sister Reta Walton as well as several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Elvin and Merle (Hiller) Lester, brother-in-law and best friend Bob Walton, brother Earl (Kathleen) Lester, sisters Harriet (Cliff) Shephard, Ellen (Valley) Matthews and Mary (Ray) Taylor. Morris will be greatly missed by his “other daughter” Patty Grant. Dad and Mom were very active in their church, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Courtright. Dad loved his girls, especially Mom. They met on the dance floor at Kenwick Terrace and he taught us to dance on his toes. He was a great Dad and sat on many committees and boards while raising his family and provided well for us. Dad lived the last years of his life with Jill and David in Brights Grove and will be greatly missed by their dogs, Shanny, Malley and Marty.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:00am from St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 70 Milton Street, Courtright. Interment to follow at Sutherland Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sarnia Humane Society or St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia.

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  1. I have known Morris since Scouting days in the sixties in Courtright. His great smile and pleasant voice will be missed by all. I spoke with him only two weeks ago at a dinner. Our thoughts are with you all.
    “Scouter Bob”

  2. Jill, Dave, Tracy and the entire Lester Family, so sorry to hear about your Dad/Grandpa’s passing. It’s an emotional time of the year, praying for peace for each and everyone of you as you reflect and the good times and memories of a wonderful dad and grandpa who loved each and everyone of you. My deepest sympathy, Deanna

  3. Al and I want to extend our condolences to the entire Lester clan. Shed your tears for what you have lost but rejoice for the many wonderful years you had not only with your Dad but your Mom also. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

  4. My condolences to the Laurel and her entire family during this difficult time. I know Morris was very loved, from speaking to Laurel. Please know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Uncle Morris.. you were more than an uncle, you were a friend, a special gifted peace maker, leader, you always always had a smile on your face, a calm manner and everyone loved you. EVERYONE will miss you and remember your kind gentle spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with your wonderful family, that has meant so much to our family over the many years. Maureen, Laural, Janice, Jill, Heather and Beth and families may the laughs, memories and love comfort you. Never forgotten, Always loved!

  6. Uncle Morris, we will fondly remember our years of growing up in Courtright. You were a great Uncle and we had the privilege of getting to know you better when you came to live with Mother in Brigden. You became wonderful friend ,one with whom we had many discussions and wise talks. Many laughs were had especially around the Christmas dinner table. This left us with many good and happy memories. A kind man has left this world . Rest in peace our Dear Friend and Uncle. Betty and Lanna

  7. Our condolences to the family. I have known Morris for over 35 years. He was a great man and will be sorely missed.

  8. So very sorry to hear of Uncle Morris’ passing. He was a gentle, sweet man. Definitely a favorite of mine…him and his sister, my grandma (Mary Taylor), would visit us in Windsor quite a bit when they lived together, they were the best of friends…it was so nice to see siblings so close. I have a lot of great memories of the 2 of them…..it was always a joy to visit with him. He had a great sense of humor, and lit up the room when he was around. He was also one of the best dressed people I knew, I remember always complimenting him on his dapper clothes and outfits :).
    My thoughts are with the family at this time
    Kelly Pratt
    (daughter of Lanna (Taylor) Pratt)
    Windsor, Ontario

  9. Dear Maureen, Bob and families, So sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories sustain you through these sad days.

  10. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Fathers are the greatest and from the many stories I heard he was a wonderful man. It is hard to loose a loved one, I am sure all of you will give each other strength to get through this.

  11. Dear Lester Family: May you find peace and comfort in the love of those who care about you. We are holding you all close in our thoughts at this difficult time. Uncle Morris will be remembered for being a classy dresser and the best hugger. My parents chose the best God Parents anyone could ever want. I’m sad of his passing, but I can smile knowing they are finally together again. Gone but never forgotten.
    with love and respect Patty Anne (Lester) Crawford