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Robert August LessardMarch 18, 1928 ~ January 29, 2017 (age 88)
Robert August Lessard b. March 18, 1928 (Tenino, WA) d. January 29, 2017 (Vashon Island, WA). Resident of Seattle, Vashon, and Dockton (Sandy Shores) WA.
Son of French immigrants August F. Lessard, and Lucie Huby Lessard, who resided in Shelton, WA. He attended Irene S. Reed High School (1943-6) and worked for the State Div. of Forestry as a fire-fighter during the summers. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army, Private First Class. He attended Northrop Institute of Technology (1948-9).
Robert began working for Boeing in 1950, as a research mechanic, engineering aide, instrument maker, model maker, and modifications and assembly-installation mechanic. In 1964 he received security clearance for possible work involving the Dept. of Defense. In his own words, his primary skill was “high speed operating machinery—assembly and instrumentation—operation of test equipment and data reduction.” He also did “drafting—design, fabrication and installation of aerodynamic instrumentation used in compressor and turbine research.”
In 1969, Robert Lessard and Carol M. Harrison of Tacoma and Tumwater were married, and in 1972 built their dream home, designed by Robert himself, in the Sandy Shores (formerly 80th Place SW) neighborhood of Maury Island. Each day, they would ferry off opposite ends of Vashon Island for work. Robert belonged to The Mountaineers, The Olympia Ski Club, and the Sandy Shores Homeowners Association.
In the summer of 1984, they toured Holland, Belgium, West Germany and France—esp. Dinan in Brittany, whence the Lessard family came, and where relatives still live.
After retirement, they bought a motorboat (“La Muette”), and an RV, in which they travelled annually to Sun Valley, ID, and skied for several months with the rich and famous. They would take their Akita “Tess” and perhaps a cat or two.
At home, Carol played her harp, and Robert played his accordion, and worked at perfecting the assembly and performance of his bagpipe, becoming a kilted and marching member of the Vashon Island Pipe Band. He also played the trumpet—in a senior citizen band that met at Ted Brown Music Store—even after the debilitating stroke he suffered on January 26, 2003 while travelling to Sun Valley.
He was a resident of King’s Manor in Tacoma for over two years; then moved to Vashon Community Care in December of 2006, where he received spectacular care from the excellent staff, and loving visits of family members for the rest of his life.
He was predeceased by Carol in 2009. He is survived by his sister, Elaine Tanner (Westport), his sister-in-law Joan Barnes (Seattle), niece Belinda Young (Port Angeles) and nephews Christopher Barnes (Pomeroy) and Michael Barnes (Portland, OR).
There will be no memorial service. Private interment will take place at a later date. Remembrances may be made to Vashon Community Care Center.