ROCHESTER - William J. Lessard, 63, died Sunday November 25, 2012, at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center after a period of failing health.
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Bill was born in Rochester, on September 30, 1949, the son of Leo W. and Christine E. (Karcher) Lessard and lived in Rochester for most of his life. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Rochester and lived his faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving with Special Forces and was awarded the purple heart and a bronze star in Vietnam. He was always known for his love of God and Country. Following his military service, he worked for the CIA in Washington, D.C. He also served at the US Embassy in Saigon in 1973. He also worked for the Strafford County Sheriff Department for a brief time and did private contract work with his own business. Bill received a Bachelor's Degree with Hawthorne College in the field of law enforcement, Probation and Parole.
Surviving members of the family include: his loving wife of 29 years, Sandra (Rhodes) Lessard of Rochester; one brother, Larry Lessard and his wife Kathy of Rochester; one niece, Vicki Lessard and her son Dakota of Rochester; two nephews, Kris Lessard and his wife Nelly and daughter Kristie of Dover and Shawn Lessard of Rochester; as well as his eleven dogs and cats over the years, his "critter kids."
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center Surgical Intensive Care Unit for their exceptional compassion and expertise and are most grateful for everyone's love, prayers and support.
Visitation will be held at the H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main Street, Rochester, N.H. on Thursday, 11/29/12, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary's Church, 71 Lowell Street, Rochester, N.H. with Fr. Daniel Sinibaldi officiating, followed with burial with full military honors in the Rochester Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made to one's favorite charity. To sign the online guest book please visitwww.GrondinFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Fosters from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2012