Peabody and formerly of Lynn — Mr. Lester D. “Les” Matthews, age 86, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Masconomet Healthcare Facility, Topsfield, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Mary Frances (Hunt) Matthews with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.
Born in Peabody, in 1926, he was the son of the late, Lester D. and Helen May (Daley) Matthews. He attended Peabody Public Schools and graduated from Peabody High School, class of 1944. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Following his service in the Navy, he attended business school at Bryant Stratton College.
Les worked as a driver for Nissen Bakery for over 35 years and had a perfect driving record throughout his entire career. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 42, Lynn, and a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Valladolid Council #70. Les was a parishioner at St. Pius V Church, Lynn since 1954 and a cantor and member of the music ministry since 1972. He was very active with the Sisson School PTO and organized many musical fundraisers at the school. He was a member of his son-in-law’s folk group and was an avid Red Sox fan. Les and his wife taught antiques, an adult education course, at Salem State College and enjoyed attending flea markets together. He was a member of both the Nissen Bakery and Knights of Columbus bowling leagues and was a member of the Lynn Historical Society. His greatest joy was spending time with his family especially during the holidays.
In addition to his wife, Mary Frances Matthews, Les is survived by his son, Stephen E. Matthews of California and his former wife, Dina; his daughters, Frances E. White and her husband, Eugene of Lynn, Mary Ellen Caulfield and her husband, Patrick of Lynn and Maureen L. Cecil of Beverly; eight granddaughters, Elizabeth Bates, Kathleen Melanson, Suzzanna Amanzio, Laurie Matthews, Rebecca Caulfield, Rachael Caulfield, Jenna Cecil and Molly Cecil; four great-grandchildren, Hannah, Kayleigh, Meaghan and Matthew, his cousin Doris Fuller and her husband, Dayner of Peabody and many other close family and friends.