Lester Thomas Simoneau, 65, formerly of Millville and Bellingham, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2014, at UMass Memorial Medical Center with his loving family by his side after a battle with lung cancer. He fought to the very end with courage and dignity. Most knew him as Les, but family and close friends called him Tom. Lester was born and raised in Marlborough, the son of the late Venita (Parizeau) Simoneau and Lester Simoneau Sr. He graduated from Marlborough High School and then served in the U.S. Navy based out of Newport, Rhode Island. He enjoyed his time in the Navy and served as a SHB3 on the Navy Destroyer Escort USS John Willis (DE-1027) and then transferred to the USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835). Upon returning home, Les attended and graduated from Broms Barber Academy. While working part time in the barber field, he also worked at his sister's restaurant Rico's in Bellingham for a few years. Then on July 18, 1978, he opened Simoneau's Barber Shop in Hopedale and proudly served his clients for over 35 years. He was a barber for 45 years and was loved by all his patrons. Unfortunately due to his diagnosis last year, he had to retire early from his business. Les was very touched by the multiple expression boards he received filled with get well wishes from all his customers. Lester is survived by his family: his sisters Maureen Moineau and her husband Wilfred of Shrewsbury, Ann Sulahian and her husband David of Monrovia, CA; his brother Philip Simoneau and his wife Karin Sjoberg Simoneau of Shrewsbury; three nephews: Jeff, Chris, Paul and their families; two nieces: Julie, Jessica and their families. He was predeceased by his brother Paul Simoneau. He also leaves behind many lifelong friends here from New England and from the Navy days - thankful to share so many adventures with them over the years. Les loved life. He was a caring, friendly person who had a sense of humor and always enjoyed a good time with family and friends. His passions were his trucks over the years and his summer home at the Bowdish Lake Campground in Glocester, Rhode Island. He enjoyed dining out - his favorite breakfast stop was at The Garden Restaurant in Milford. Les loved the simple things in life ... gardening, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking, boating, taking care of his yards and entertaining at the lake. He was a Boston sports fan but his New England Patriots were his favorite. His family takes comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with Mom, family and friends in heaven. Les was very thankful for his family and friends for their love, care and support over the past year during his illness. He will be greatly missed by all and will forever be in our hearts. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to the 6th floor ICU staff at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus for their compassionate care that he was given during his final days. In respect to Les's wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. The family will honor his wishes and celebrate his life privately. Les received his final wish - he passed away on Valentine's Day, exactly one year from his mother's passing. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please send your contribution to the Hopedale Food Pantry, Hopedale Youth Baseball or to a
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Published in Milford Daily News on Feb. 16, 2014