March 12, 1937 — August 3, 2018 GANSEVOORT — Lester Francis Eastman, 81, passed away on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at his home, with his family by his side.
Born on March 12, 1937 in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Ernest and Helen (Tubbs) Eastman.
Lester was a 1955 graduate of Fort Ann High School and then attended Adirondack Community College. He also served in the United States National Guard.
On March 10, 1962, Lester married the love of his life, Gwen Potter. They have been married for 56 years and for 35 of those years, they fostered over 100 children.
Lester was employed by the state of New York at the Wilton Development Center as a senior store clerk from 1961 until his retirement in 1995. Also during this time, he worked as a real estate salesman for several different agencies. He was a member and former trustee of Gansevoort Methodist Church. Lester was an “original member” of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals and Town Planning Board. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader for his children. Lester was also a field director of the National Campers and Hikers Association.
He enjoyed bluegrass music, going to bluegrass festivals in his camper, visiting with friends, and making friends because “no one is a stranger.” Lester also enjoyed going camping, flea markets, garage sales, collecting and selling antiques. Lester was an avid New York Mets fan who never missed a game. He loved deer hunting, traveling, going on cruises, going out to eat and dancing with his wife.
In addition to his parents, Lester was predeceased by his brothers, Louis Eastman and Ernest “Bear” Eastman Jr.
Left to cherish his memory include his wife of 56 years, Gwen; his children, Hope (Eastman) Arlin and her husband, Chuck, of Gansevoort, Chris Wentworth and her husband, Paul, of South Glens Falls, Mary Clausen and her husband, Robert, of Gansevoort, Tanya Eastman of Gansevoort, and John Eastman and his wife, Michelle, of South Glens Falls; his grandchildren, Jeremy (Sarah) Wentworth, Curtis (Alissa) Wentworth, Josiah Wentworth, Bethany (Bill) Moon, Rachel Wentworth, Morgan (Jay) Michel, Kelli (Chris) Faggiano, Aaron Haas, Alex Haas, Melissa (Elliot) Segraves, Korie (Todd Harris) Arlin, Christopher Eastman, Zackary Eastman, Joshaua Eastman, Alan (Ashley) Cook and Michael Cook; his great-grandchildren, Carter and Anderson Wentworth, Liam, Dominic and Christopher Wentworth, Jason Moon, Georgia Gonzalez, Adaline Harris, Valencia Michel, Raymond Faggiano, Grace Cook and Mallory DePan; his sisters, Patricia (Larry) Spencer and Phyllis Farley; his dog, Buddy; and several nieces nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main. St., South Glens Falls.
To view Lester’s Book of Memories and post online condolences, please visit www.kilmerfuneralhome.com.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. following the calling hours at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Dufford, pastor of the Fortsville United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will follow the funeral service at Gansevoort Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Lester’s memory can be made to the Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 172, Gansevoort, NY 12831; or to the Moreau Emergency Squad Inc., 1583 State Route 9, Fort Edward, NY 12828.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Glens Falls Hospital’s Tower 6 and to the Community Hospice of Saratoga for their compassion and care to Lester.