Ipswich — Theodore J. Lezon, 95, husband of Margaret M. (Bogel) Lezon of Putnam Road, died on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Masconomet Healthcare Center, Topsfield, following a short illness.
Born in Ipswich on April 19, 1918, Ted was the son of the late Karolina (Bomba) and Stanley Lezon. He was raised in Ipswich and attended Manning High School, where he played football. During World War II, Ted served with distinction in the U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division, in campaigns in North Africa and Sicily, landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. Having accumulated enough points, Ted returned to the States prior to the surrender, and received an honorable discharge in August 1945. Among many citations, Ted was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war and his discharge, Ted returned to Ipswich, married his sweetheart, Peggy, and began to raise a family, four daughters and one son.
Ted was an engineer for United Shoe for nearly 40 years. After retirement, Ted enjoyed boating, clamming, blueberrying, spending time with friends and an ever-growing extended family, and being the owner of “Ted’s Bike Shop.”
He was a lifetime member of the Sacred Heart Church and president of the “Save the Sacred Heart Church” movement. Ted was also an active volunteer with the Historical Society of Ipswich and a contributing story writer, using his given Polish first name, Tadeusz J. Lezon. He was also a member of the Ipswich American Legion Post 80, the St. Lawrence Literary Society and PLAV Ipswich Post 92.
In addition to his wife, Margaret, he is survived by a son, Theodore J. Lezon Jr. and his wife, Sia, of West Newbury; four daughters, Nancy A. Walsh and her husband, Martin, of Middleton, Kathleen M. Cameron and her husband, Richard, of Wyckoff, N.J., Margaret M. Foster and her husband, James, of Ipswich, and Jane L. Lezon Hamilton, and her husband, Paul Mooney of Telluride, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Goot of Ipswich, and Winifred Klimka, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of late Walter Lezon, Joseph Lezon, Blanche Barkowski, Rose Arcisz, all formerly of Ipswich, and Mary Sucharski, formerly of Manchester-by-the-Sea.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held at 9 a.m., on Wednesday, January 8, from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, with the celebration of a funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Internment with military honors will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours are on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.