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“Darlene,Charlene and the Lester family Im sorry for your loss.I know its hard to lose a parent.Last year when your mom died I was taking care of my...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Herb McCumber jr - Port St Lucie, FL

“To the Lester Family; Always liked working with your Dad at both the Fire Station and Elliott Buick. Leaned a lot from him in those years . May he ...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Dan Elliott - Friend

“You will forever be missed! ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Darlene Lester

“To all the Lester Family: I am very sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Mike McNulty - Green Island, NY.

“Deepest condolences to the Lester family. Got to spend some time with Mr. Lester in October, I will cherish that forever. I have wonderful memories...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Mark Thompson - Roanoke, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Donna Lavery - Saratoga Springs, NY


7 of 8 | Posted by: Arlene Vidal - Schenectady, NY

“"Billy" Lester was my first cousin and his mother was my Aunt Maybelle Downes Lester, sister to my father, Dr.Ralph L. Downes. I remember when I was...Read More »
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Niskayuna – Charles W. Lester, Jr., 86, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after a lengthy illness.
Charles was born on October 11, 1930 a son of the late Charles and Mabelle (Downs) Lester, Sr. He was a 1948 graduate of Mt Pleasant High School and attended Union College, The University of Buffalo and later Schenectady County Community College, earning a degree in fire science. Charles honorably served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict as an MP during the Occupancy of Germany. He worked for Elliot Buick for 20 years before becoming a firefighter at the Niskayuna Fire District Station #1. Charles was a devoted father, a faithful friend and a respected member of his community.
Charles was predeceased by his wife, Sally Sutliff Lester in 2016.
He is survived by his four children, Charlene Lester, Darlene Lester, Esq., Charles W. Lester, III and Helene Lester. He also has four grandchildren, Marina Jacqueway, Jennifer Near, Rachael DeBonis and Sara Lester; five great-grandchildren, Brittyn, Briella and Everett Near, Aria and Mason James Gill.
Private services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made in Charles's memory to the Animal Protective Foundation, 53 Maple Ave., Scotia, NY 12302.