Lester Sirick

Published on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:40


Lester Sirick, 93, of Newington, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Born on Mar. 29, 1928, to Joseph and Anna Sirick in New Britain, he had two older sisters, Mary DePinto and Katherine Sandquist both of New Britain, and one younger brother, John Sirick of Newington. Lester worked at Dougherty Drug Store during his high school years and was often seen driving his boss' red convertible around town. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1945 and joined the U.S. Army in September 1946. After basic training, he was assigned as a dental assistant and joined the occupying forces in Japan. He was honorably discharged in January 1948 and returned home. Lester courted Kathleen Garlick and married her on Sept. 1, 1952. They were married for fifty-three years, and had two daughters: Sharon in 1956, and Susan in 1958. Lester returned to work for Dougherty Drug Store for many years, eventually retiring from the State of Connecticut in the Department of Transportation in 2003. He also worked as an usher at the Bushnell Theater. Lester and Kathleen enjoyed travelling, honeymooning in Hawaii and spending many blissful weekends at Cape Cod. Lester was also very active in his community, serving as an usher at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Newington. He could also be found at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in New Britain, helping with the making of raisin bread and pierogies. He also volunteered at the Newington Friends of Football and could often be found at his local pizza shop, Elm Hill Pizza, folding pizza boxes, and delivering food. His gregarious personality won him many friends and he could be counted on for sage financial advice whenever asked. Lester is survived by his daughters; Sharon (Sirick) Leonard and her husband Kevin, and Susan (Sirick) Longchamps and her husband Stephen; his grandchildren, Mark Leonard of Newington, Victoria (Leonard) Pica, and her husband Zoilo of Rocky Hill, Kyle Longchamps and his wife McKenzie of Panama City, FL, and Allyson (Longchamps) Brennan and her husband Matthew of Westborough, MA, his great-grandchildren Elias and Hannah Pica of Rocky Hill, with a third Pica great-grandchild on the way. He is also survived by brother John Sirick and his wife Cynthia of Newington, as well as many other cousins and relatives. Lester was predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen in 2008, and his sisters Mary and Katherine. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Annunciation Parish at Holy Spirit Church, 183 Church St., Newington, on Friday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital, Hartford Hospital Department of Philanthropy, 80 Seymour St. P.O. 5037, Hartford, CT 06102. Lester's family wishes to thank his doctor, Dr. Elias of Hartford Hospital for his wonderful care during his illness, and his nurse, Barbara Hall, of Hartford Healthcare Independence at Home who helped care for him in his final days. Lester always said that the most important thing in life was family, and he would no doubt remind you to cherish your own.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:40. Updated: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:43.