Lester H. "Les" Duncklee
1941 - 2014
BORN
1941
DIED
2014
FUNERAL HOME
Mystic Funeral Home - Mystic
Route 1 51 Williams Ave.
Mystic, CT
Colchester - Lester "Les" H. Duncklee, of Colchester, formerly of Pawcatuck, passed away suddenly on March 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Les was born in New London, on April 23, 1941, the son of the late Christine (Geyer) Duncklee and Willis A. Duncklee.

He is survived by his best friend, soul mate, and fiancée, Lisa Stevenson of Colchester, and her children, Hannah and Connor Stevenson; his two sons, Christopher S. Duncklee of Hillsboro, N.H., and Jonathan L. Duncklee and his partner, Emily A. Kukulka, of Mystic; his adoring granddaughters, Christine Duncklee Bryer and her husband, Aaron, of Hancock, N.H., and Dr. Rachel Whitaker of Union City, Calif.; and grandson, Louis Nordlund of Hillsboro, N.H. Les will also be missed by friend, Alex Fearnley and former wife, Juliana Woodworth, of Florida.

Those closest to Les will always be thankful for his constant support and encouragement. His motto of living with a positive mental attitude will forever be etched in their hearts.

President of L.H. Duncklee Refrigeration, Inc., now known as Duncklee, Inc. Cooling & Heating, Les was recently honored by the Vice President Jonathan, at the company's 40th anniversary as its founder in 1973. He learned his trade in the HVAC business while proudly serving in the U.S. Navy from September 1959 to October 1963. Les was also a New London County State Marshal since 1995.

As the act of giving was one of Les's most admirable traits, he contributed to a multitude of organizations which kept him strongly connected to his community. He was a brother of the Masonic Coastal Lodge #57 of Stonington, a brotherhood now shared with Christopher; past president of the Stonington Rotary Club, past president of the Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut in the 1980s, past president of the CHCC (Connecticut Heating and Cooling Contractors Association), and a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. Les served on The Stonington Water Pollution Control and Democratic Town Committee and was recently elected as the incoming president of Stonington Rotary for this upcoming year. He held the honor of Eagle Scout, a shared achievement with Connor. Les's life was full of adventure, and he enjoyed experiences far and wide. He always said, "The world is small; it's only a plane ride to anywhere." Les also loved riding his Harley-Davidson. Many of Les's favorite memories were also created at his family lakeside cabin in Hillsboro, N.H.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, 51 Williams Ave., Mystic. Coastal Lodge No. 57 A.F. & A.M. and the Worshipful Master announces with deep sorrow the death on March 21, of Brother Lester H. Duncklee, a member of this Lodge for 43 years. A Masonic memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the funeral home. All Brothers are urged to attend. A celebration of Les's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, at the funeral home followed by a graveside service with military honors at the Elm Grove Cemetery, Route 27, Mystic.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Stonington, PO Box 304, Stonington, CT 06378.

Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published by The Day on Mar. 25, 2014.
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Mar
27
Calling hours
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Mystic Funeral Home - Mystic
Route 1 51 Williams Ave., Mystic, CT
Mar
27
Memorial service
7:30p.m.
Mystic Funeral Home - Mystic
Route 1 51 Williams Ave., Mystic, CT
Mar
28
Celebration of Life
11:00a.m.
Mystic Funeral Home - Mystic
Route 1 51 Williams Ave., Mystic, CT
Mar
28
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Elm Grove Cemetery
Route 27, Mystic, CT
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To his family, friends, and anyone that had the opportunity to know Les.

I offer you my sincerest condolences.

Lester was not only a great man, but an amazing male role model. Even on the worst of days, he could cheer anyone up in a heartbeat, unintentionally. He was a great person who I know I will never forget, and I am very fortunate to have met him.
January 7, 2018
Deepest condlences to Les's sons and grandchildren. He thought the world of his boys. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I have known him since I was 14 and served him frozen yogurt so many years ago! Was just thinking of sharing lunch with him at neon chicken the other day He was a brilliant and a good man.
June 22, 2014
My condolences. I'm glad I got the chance to meet and chat with him last summer.
Bob Cesiro
April 11, 2014
To the Duncklee family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Les. We worked side by side on Mason's Island Rd. I am Peter and i worked at Mystic Publications as their printer. Les was a great guy and so easy to talk to. I still see his trucks on the road. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Peter DiScuillo
April 8, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss.
Maria Rivera
April 6, 2014
In this time of sadness, memories are a precious gift. Deepest sympathy from the Lamourine Family. Bud & Jackie
April 4, 2014
so sorry to hear Lester passed away--we were high school classmates--He will be missed by all--Joan
Clemens Rebello
April 2, 2014
To live
in the hearts
of those
we leave behind...

is not
to die.
Lee Stafford
April 2, 2014
It seems like just yesterday we were cleaning out attics with our chevy pickups. God speed.
Ed Cushman
March 31, 2014
Lisa
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and you family.
John & Terry Dumais
March 30, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Marshal Duncklee was a truly wonderful man who went above and beyond when doing his job. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
Michele Lemieux
March 29, 2014
Dear Jonathan,
Please accept my warmest condolences for the loss of your dad. My heart goes out to you, and I'm sending you hugs. Be well. “Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest, lays down its life in its season, as beautifully as it was taken up.” -(Henry David Thoreau)
Susan Hurley
March 28, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss.
Denise Kelliher Duty
March 28, 2014
To the Duncklee Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Bill and Lori Thiel
March 28, 2014
So sorry to hear the loss of a great friend who was always there to help those in need. I will miss seeing that devilish smile. RIP Les
Elaine Smith
March 27, 2014
It is with great sadness we hear of Les' passing. A wonderful customer since 2003, always with a smile and sense of humor, he will be forever missed.
Some customers become friends, Les was one of those. We send our deepest condolences to Lisa Jonathan and the entire family as we keep you all in our prayers.
Newman's Service Center, Inc
March 27, 2014
Dear Lisa, Jonathan, and family;
We are sorrowed to hear of Les' passing, especially since I just saw him a week beforehand.
He had been a wonderful customer of ours since 2003, and he and I personally and become friends these last few years. Les had a great personality, and could always make me laugh (even on BAD days)when he came in. I can honestly say, Les was one of those customers/friends I looked forward to taking the time to stop working and shoot the breeze with. He also taught me a few things. I'm a man of few words, however, Les was a great man. You were blessed to have in your lives.
My sincere condolences to all of you. May he Rest In Peace, riding his Harley in the clouds....God Bless
John W. Newman
March 27, 2014
Jonathan and Family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was such a great guy, and will be missed by so many. Although it's been years since I've seen him, I still remember his smile and his kindness. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Les.
Tina Gilluly
March 27, 2014
Less was a life long friend and I will miss his smile
Ernie Greenwood
March 27, 2014
Lisa - so sad to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do help. May God grant you peace during this difficult time.
Bruce Comollo
March 26, 2014
Jonathan & Family:
Our deepest condolences to you all at this difficult time. Our thoughts our with you.
Maurice (Punk) & Gates Beebe-Councilor
March 26, 2014
Jon and Family,
Wishing you our heartfelt sympathy. I always enjoyed Les's humor and quick wit.
Gladstone Family
March 26, 2014
I am sorry to hear about your families loss. I met les many many years ago while working in Mystic at a coffee shop. Les always had a smile on and had something nice to say. May you rest in peace.
March 26, 2014
Chris and Jon and Families,
Our hearts go out to you. I am proud to have known your Dad. From our early business dealings to our friendly chats together, we spent hours solving life's wonderful times. Our prayers are with you.
Sonny & Brenda Hendelk
March 26, 2014
To the Duncklee family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Lester was a wonderful and energetic person who I knew since we were teenagers. He will be missed by so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. God Bless.
Beverly Morrone
March 26, 2014
Lisa... My deepest sympathy to you and your family for such a great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time.
Denise Guliano
March 26, 2014
Great man glad to have meet you, rest in peace.
Roger Pare
March 26, 2014
Jonathan and family,very sorry for your loss.
Marsh Enquist
March 26, 2014
Jonathan,
We are so sorry for the loss of your father. Les was a great man and we enjoyed our talks with him. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family in your time of loss. Les will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Keith Ruhe and Steve Trudel
March 26, 2014
To the Duncklee Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We will keep Les and all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sharon & Dave Pacheco
March 25, 2014
To the friends & family of Les,
We are saddened to hear the news about the passing of Les. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time.
RIP TRUCK 3

From the staff of MPG Mechanical
March 25, 2014
Les Duncklee was a wonderful and entertaining man, it was a pleasure working for him when I did. He will be missed. My condolences go out to Jonathan and the rest of the family.
C.C. Levesque
March 25, 2014
Les was a wonderful man and a great State Marshal. A very sad time indeed, but it has been an great honor knowing him. The world is a better place thanks to his contributions.

My heart goes out to you, Lisa - and his family.
Jim Neil
March 25, 2014
Lisa, I am so sory for your loss. May your beautiful memories help to give you comfort during this difficult time. Susan Rubin, Manchester, Ct.
March 25, 2014
My staff and I send our condolences to Marshal Duncklee's family and friends.
Abraham Hoffmann
March 25, 2014
Lisa, I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time and the days ahead.
Lisa LeBlanc
March 25, 2014
Chris and Jonathan and Families,
Sorry to hear of your loss. Les was a good man and will be missed by many our prayers are with you at this sad time.
Dorine and Jim Ross
March 25, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the Duncklee family. Les was a good person
Chris Duncan
March 25, 2014
Jonathan: Sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. He was such a nice person. Sandy Johnston
March 25, 2014
Les has touched so may peoples life! I enjoyed talking with him while he was on marshal duty and he was also a good friend. Lisa we are all here for you! Love, Pamela R. Perrin
March 25, 2014
To the Duncklees:

My condolences for your loss.
Les was a fine man with a big heart and a devilish smile. He touched people in a real and giving way.

Mark Kepple
March 25, 2014
Chris, Jonathan & Family

I am deeply sorry for your loss, your dad was a great man and will be missed by all that new him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Dave Pacheco Jr
March 25, 2014
Jonathan,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Vicki Strickland (Smith Ins)
March 25, 2014
Sharon Stryker
March 25, 2014
Lisa,Hannah & Connor,
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Lester. May the hole in your heart's be filled with all of the loving memories you hold. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days to come.
Love, Marty,Jean,Ashley and Megan Jordan
March 25, 2014
I am so sad to read about Mr. Duncklee's passing. The conversations and stories shared with me about family, and travels, and adventures,will truly be missed. If there is one thing I take away from this, that is to live life to the fullest. He certainly did, and loved every minute! RIP my friend.
Gale Ennis
Dime Bank
Gale Ennis
March 25, 2014
Les' passing is very sad for all of southeastern CT. He touched many lives with his positive and caring attitude. We have known Les for many years and will deeply miss his warm smile. We're grateful for having the pleasure of knowing him. Our deepest sympathy to Lisa, Jonathan and the entire Dunklee family.
Michael Pescatello Diana Ketner
March 25, 2014
Les was the most caring and the most empathetic person around! He put so much time into his job as a Marshall and got business done in a fair manner! He will be missed!
Gisele Luce
March 25, 2014
So sorry to see Les is gone. John, Laura & Nathaniel Gautier - Hillsboro, NH
Laura Gautier
March 24, 2014
Les,
Words can not be said on how sad we are . You have always been a part of our family how we all are going to miss you ! Lisa , Christopher and Jonathan are deepest sympathy on your loss . Love you all
Kim and Jim Brissette
March 24, 2014
So very sorry to hear this sad news..
Karen Hanson
March 24, 2014
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