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Neil Lester

Neil Kilpatrick Lester

October 18, 1939 - June 29, 2020
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Neil Kilpatrick Lester

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Neil K. Lester on June 29, 2020 at the age of 80 years.

Beloved husband of Judith for 59 years. Proud and loving father of Sharon Pyke (Allan), Sue Zawyrucha (Larry) and Kurtis Lester (Susan). Loving grandpa to Mike (Amber), Christopher, Rebecca (Sam), Richard (Raquel), Katie (Xavier), Alex, Wesley, Samantha (Isaiah), Rianne (Brandon), Nick and Emma. Step-grandchildren Stephanie (Robert), Spencer, Missi and Seth. Great grandpa to Sophie, Zoey, Jackson, Isaac, Sophia and Kaelix. Survived by brother Tom Lester (Carol), sister Maggie Crilley (Norm), sister-in-law Joanna Corless (late Harry).

Neil served as a cadet in high school, joined the army and later joined the reserves. He retired after 30 years as a detective from Windsor Police Services (WPS). He was a member of the WPS Pipe Band for 52 years distinguishing himself as an award-winning Drum Major with his crowning achievement earning the Overseas World Drum Major Champion in Scotland. He judged for PPBSO and EUSPBA. Neil was heavily involved in the military’s music program for cadets from 1998-2019. Neil was honoured with the Sovereign’s Medal for volunteering in 2018.

For those who wish, donations to the Windsor Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Sincere thank you to all of Neil’s health care workers.

On Saturday July 4, 2020 visitation by scheduled appointment only from 2-4 p.m. with a memorial service to take place at 4 p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday July 4, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Saturday July 4, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
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  • Service

    Saturday July 4, 2020 | 4:00pm
    When
    Saturday July 4, 2020 4:00pm
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please RSVP if you would like to attend the Memorial Service.

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Donations are being accepted for: WINDSOR ESSEX COUNTY CANCER CENTRE FOUNDATION.

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Gary McIntyre

Posted at 09:09pm
I knew Neil from the Blackdown Cadet Camps. Like Neil, I'm a former MP and retired civilian copper (T.O.) as well. I was in charge of Security at Blackdown and would see him daily. He would stop for a chat at the gate and was always upbeat, smiling and positive. A true gentleman and a real mentor for the younger generation. One of my favorite Blackdown memories was being his partner for golf cart training and orientation. We laughed for probably two hours straight. He will be missed by many. RIP
TC

Trudy Crilley

Posted at 10:17am
Uncle Neil was a great man and was willing to help anyone in need , we have so many good memories that we will forever cherish
Deepest sympathies to Aunt Judith and all her family
Love Trudy , Nicole , and Danielle

Robbie Burgon

Posted at 05:34pm
Sorry for your loss, Robbie Burgon
CA

Cora Aranjo

Posted at 04:43pm
Our deepest sympathies to Judith, Sharon, Allen, Richard, Christopher, Rebecca. Memories of Neil will always be in your hearts.
LP

Liz Purser

Posted at 02:47pm
With deepest sympathy Sue. He will always be in your heart.
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