Theodore J. Lezon, 95,
husband of Margaret M. (Bogel) Lezon of Putnam Road, died Saturday,
January 4, 2014, at the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield,
following a short illness.
Born in Ipswich on April 19,
1918, Ted was the son of the late Karolina (Bomba) and Stanley Lezon.
He was raised in Ipswich and attended Manning High School where he
played football. During World War II, Ted served with distinction in
the United States Army, 9th Infantry Division, in
campaigns in North Africa and Sicily, landed on Utah Beach on D-Day,
and took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the
Forest. Having accumulated enough points, Ted returned to the
States prior to the surrender and received an honorable discharge in
August 1945. Among many citations, Ted was awarded the Bronze Star.
After the war and his discharge, Ted returned to Ipswich, married
his sweetheart Peggy, and began to raise a family, four daughters
and one son.
Ted was an engineer for
United Shoe for nearly forty years. After retirement, Ted enjoyed
boating, clamming, blueberrying, spending time with friends and an
ever-growing extended family, and being the owner of “Ted’s Bike
He was a lifetime member of
the Sacred Heart Church and President of the “Save the Sacred Heart
Church” movement. Ted was also an active volunteer with the
Historical Society of Ipswich and a contributing storywriter, using
his given Polish first name, Tadeusz J. Lezon. He was also a member
of the Ipswich American Legion Post 80, the St. Lawrence Literary
Society and PLAV Ipswich Post 92.
In addition to his wife
Margaret, he is survived by a son, Theodore J. Lezon, Jr. and his
wife, Sia, of West Newbury; four daughters, Nancy A. Walsh and her
husband Martin of Middleton, Kathleen M. Cameron and her husband
Richard of Wyckoff, New Jersey, Margaret M. Foster and her husband
James, of Ipswich, and Jane Lezon Hamilton, and her husband Paul
Mooney of Telluride, Colorado; sixteen grandchildren and eleven
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Goot of Ipswich and Winifred
Klimka, of Albuquerque, New Mexico and many nieces and nephews. He
was the brother of late Walter Lezon, Joseph Lezon, Blanche
Barkowski, Rose Arcisz, all formerly of Ipswich and Mary Sucharski,
formerly of Manchester-by-the-Sea.
His funeral service will be held at
9 am Wednesday, January 8, from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6
High Street, Ipswich, with the celebration of a Funeral Mass at 10
am at Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Internment with military honors
will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours
are Tuesday, January 7, 5 to 8 pm.