Lester Paquin

Lester W Paquin

Thursday, April 4th, 1957 - Thursday, March 11th, 2021
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BARRE - Lester W. Paquin, 63, a lifelong resident of Barre, noted town historian and zealous advocate for Veterans’ causes, died suddenly on March 11, 2021.

He was a 1975 graduate of Quabbin Regional High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. Lester was dedicated to many causes including honoring and assisting Veterans. He worked to bring Veterans memorials to Washington D.C. and Worcester and wrote a play, “Memorial: David’s Peace,” which depicts loved ones of a soldier killed in 1968 as they meet at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and recall their memories of him. For many years, Lester offered detailed programs about the “Titanic,” “Lusitania” and “Andrea Dorea.” He also offered presentations about the Lipizzaner Stallions, Seven Houses of God in Barre, the Naramore family tragedy, and portraits of local Civil War figures.

Lester served as a member of the Barre Historical Commission, Historical Society, Library Association and Library Trustees, holding offices for some of the organizations. He served as Secretary of the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Board of Directors, was a longtime director of the Barre Senior Center and was active for many years with the Barre Players. He worked as an editor and writer at Worcester Publishing and penned a book about the city. He was employed by AIDS Project Worcester at the time of his death.

Among his loved ones, Lester leaves his mother, Jacqueline Paquin, to whom he was devoted, his partner John Tambeau, his brothers Sheldon and John (Cassandra), his niece Amanda and nephew Zachary. He was predeceased by his father, Charles L. Paquin Jr. He also leaves his two beloved dogs.

Memorial calling hours will be held from 2:00PM-5:00PM on Sunday, April 4th, 2021 in Pillsbury Funeral Home, 96 S. Barre Road, Barre, MA.Donations in Lester’s memory can be made to either the Barre Library Association, Box 731, Barre, MA. 01005 or the Barre Historical Society, 18 Common St., Barre, MA. 01005.
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Kim Dawkins

Posted at 03:19pm
So saddened by the sudden loss of Lester... he gave so much of himself to benefit others and the community. I knew Lester from his work at AIDS Project Worcester and had many joyful interactions with him. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends...

AIDS Project Worcester

Posted at 10:23am
"Lester Paquin" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Darlene Shatos

Posted at 11:01pm
I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I was truly fond of, Lester. I had the privilege of working with him at the Barre Senior Center, some years ago. We shared some of the most fun times at the Senior Center. I haven't seen him in years, but a friend is a friend, near or far.
Lester wrote a play and it was performed at the Barre Players Theater; it was so professionally written and he put a lot of feeling into that play. It was a standing ovation!
He was such a blessing to me. May he rest in peace.
May God, bless those he left behind.
Sincerely, a co-worker and friend Darlene Shatos

Brian Condike

Posted at 12:55pm
We are devastated to hear of Lester's untimely passing. He was a wonderful human being and a true friend to our family. Brian first knew him as a fellow actor and director in the Barre Players. Later Lester would house-sit for us and take care of our beloved Golden Retriever Sadie when we went on vacation. One time on the eve of our departure, Mary Lou's car got hit and was undrivable. We had no other vehicle that could hold us all, but Lester came to the rescue and offered up one of his several cars to take to the Cape - and a Cadillac, at that! Lester was the most eloquent writer we ever knew. Even after we left Barre, we would eagerly await the next article by him in the Barre Gazette memorializing whatever local luminary who had most recently passed. He was a devoted advocate for veterans and their survivors. Lester even arranged an invitation for ML (a Vietnam widow) and me to the rededication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, including gaining us VIP status to the event. It will take long time to comprehend a world without Lester Paquin. We will miss him terribly. - Brian & Mary Lou Condike

Bobbie Chase

Posted at 10:27am
I am so sorry to learn of Lester’s death. He was one of my students at Quabbin. This must not have been expected. He was a talented and great person.
From Bobbie (Beam) Chase

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