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Mr. Lester has passed away

Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 15:43:42-05

Mr. Lester, a beloved local veteran, dedicated volunteer and KATC's good friend, has passed away.

Lester Boyer was 93.

The World War II veteran was featured in an award-winning story by Jim Hummel, "Coffee with Mr. Lester." You can watch it here.

The piece won a first-place AP award, which of course went to Mr. Lester. Read about that here.

Until recently when he was too ill to do so, Mr. Lester was at the VA clinic on Ambassador Caffery every day, greeting his fellow vets with a cup of coffee and an irresistible smile.

“I’m here everyday except when it’s a holiday and they’re closed,” Boyer told us. “I make the coffee for them, it’s a big thing for me.”

He was also known to offer cheer with his dancing. He said his volunteering was important to him, and he would do it "until my dying day."

Mr. Lester

As soon as we have information the arrangements, we will update this story.