Maurice Neil Lessard, 87, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at Virginia Beach General Hospital.
Known and loved by friends and family as Neil, he was preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Gertrude Lessard; and loving wife of 43 years, Margaret Helen Lessard.
His memory will live on in the hearts of his family, his wife, Janice Karvelis-Lessard; brother, Earl Lessard; sister, Annette Noel; sons, David and Neil Lessard; daughter, Diane Lessard; daughter-in-law, Alisa Lessard; grandchildren, Clinton Lessard, Tammy Lessard, Russell Yerkes, Corey Yerkes, Nichole Day, Tyler Lessard and Emily Lessard; and great-grandchild, Gregory Lessard.
Born and raised in Waterville, Maine, Neil attended Colby College and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring as an officer.
After retiring from the Navy, Neil found his true passion, working in the food industry for the McDonald’s Corporation. Neil worked with boundless energy and dedication and quickly advanced from the store level to an executive in the corporate office, where many of his innovative ideas are still in existence today. Neil was also a mentor for several future McDonald’s presidents.
After a rewarding career at McDonald’s, and with a penchant for relaxation, Neil moved to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. His vibrant life and spirit warmed the hearts and brightened the lives of all who knew him. Neil lived by the philosophy of work hard, save and take care of your family. Neil loved the beach and cherished nothing more than relaxing on his balcony while Frank Sinatra played in the background.
He also had a love for food and cooking, taking cruises and traveling between his homes in Florida and Virginia. Neil was a member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Neil loved companionship and there wasn’t a person who crossed his path that he didn’t stop and take time to get to know. Everybody loved his personality, humor and wit, which were contagious. He will be fondly remembered as a hardworking father, loving husband, supportive grandfather and as a friend to anyone who ever needed one.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 3, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. The family will receive friends and loved ones who wish to pay their respects to Neil from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to services. He will be buried in the Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery following the service, and a celebration of life will be held at Oceanside Condominium on Atlantic Avenue thereafter.
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