Published in the September 1, 2017 edition

Lester-Haddock-obit_webMELROSE — Lester Haddock Jr., 94, of Melrose, died Friday, August 25, in Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. 

Born on February 26, 1923 in Somerville, he was the only child of the late Lester and Bessie (Proctor) Haddock Sr. Raised and educated in Medford, he graduated from Medford High School and then attended Northeastern University. Les honorably served his country during World War II in submarine service with the United States Navy. 

After the war ended he returned to school and graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston.

On October 28, 1950 he married Ann E. Taggart in the West Medford Congregational Church and he had been a resident of Melrose for over 60 years.

He worked in merchandising for New England Hardware Dealers Association in Boston for over 40 years before retiring in 1988.

Les’s world revolved around his family. He loved working on projects at home and tending to his yard. He enjoyed an active life even up to his unexpected death. For decades his family would summer on Mascoma Lake in Enfield, New Hampshire and it provided the respite of summer and time with his family making memories. He had just returned from their time at the lake. An active member of Melrose Highlands Congregational Church he served in various capacities and on committees. He was treasurer of the church for over 20 years.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, Ann, he leaves their children, John C. Haddock of Haverhill and Elizabeth J. Faughnan of Stoneham; his grandchildren, Andrew J. Faughnan and his wife, Maura of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Rebecca J. Faughnan of Stoneham; one niece and two nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Les’ life by gathering for calling hours on Friday, September 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in The Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St., Melrose. His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m in the church. The Rev. Beth Horne will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield.

Memorials in his name may be made to Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.