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LESSER, Addison David

Addison David Lesser, 81, of Sarasota, FL, passed away with his loved ones at his side on Monday, (November 12, 2012). Beloved husband of Lois (Lezberg) Lesser, his eternal "Fab-u-Lois;" father of Robert (Holly), Deborah (Pierre), and Kenneth (Cindy); grandfather of David, Daniel, Max, Josh, Rachel, Lauren, and Allison; brother of Richard (Clare); uncle, cousin, and dear friend to many; and, in the last few years of his life, special friend and companion to Wilma Fielding Lasser. Addison loved life and lived it voraciously, always rising above illness and adversity, giving far more than receiving. Born in New York, NY and raised in Boston, MA, Addison received degrees with honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BA), and Columbia University (MSW). He served admirably in the U.S. Marine Corps and played college and semi-professional baseball, prior to embarking on a long and illustrious career in psychotherapy and mental health services. His life was filled with professional, political, and service activities; travel; and keeping up with his beloved Boston Red Sox. Addison lived and left a legacy of love for his wife, now deceased, as well as his children, and grandchildren, sharing and exalting in their many experiences and accomplishments; reflecting on life and its deeper meanings. His children and grandchildren will carry with them forever the loving letters that he wrote on many a special occasion. To all he will be remembered for his deep adherence to the principles of justice, equality and fairness. In his own words - "We must admit that our lives are all that truly belongs to us. Thus, it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of person we are, that what we learn along the way becomes our way."
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Addison's memory may be made to the , or the National Association of Social Workers Student Scholarship Fund.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 24, 2012
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