Lester S. Darche, 85, of Claremont, Calif., formerly of East Bridgewater, Mass., passed away April 3, after a period of failing health. He was born in Brockton, Mass., brought up in Whitman, Mass., and East Bridgewater, son of the late Philip H. and Marion S. (Cook) Darche. Lester was a graduate of East Bridgewater High School, Class of 1945. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and achieved his masters degree in History at Bridgewater State College. Lester served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1945-1949 with tours of duty in the Pacific and Mediterranean. First employed as a music teacher in Calais, Maine, he later taught music, history and geography at Atlantic Junior High School in Quincy for 34 years. Lester was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Sierra Club and the Mass. Audubon Society. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing, travel and photography. He is survived by his daughter, Patrice Thorne of California; his brother, Philip Darche of Arizona; and his sister, Janet Salard of Louisiana. All services were private. For online condolences and directions, please visit www.blanchardfc.com.
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Published in The Bridgewater Independent from Apr. 27 to May 4, 2013