Lester Overlock, Jr.

lester overlock, jr.
Lester 'Les' Overlock, Jr, age 64, cherished husband of Lauren Brooks Overlock, passed away peacefully at his home in Cheshire on June 6, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in New Haven on July 18, 1947 to the late Lester Overlock, Sr and Madelyn Williams Oertel of New Haven. Besides his wife and mother, Les leaves his daughters, Lissa Rustic and her husband Paul Pagano, Sr of Prospect, Jennifer Amato and her husband Adam of Cheshire; grandson, Kristopher Rustic of Prospect, brother, Frank Overlock and his wife Lisa of Naugatuck, and several beloved nieces and nephews. Les was predeceased by his son, Kirk Overlock. Les graduated from Hillhouse High School before proudly joining the US Air Force serving from 1965 to 1969. After retiring from the New Haven Police Department he worked at SNET for 30 years before retiring as a manager. Never one to sit still very long, Les had many part time jobs including Beecher & Bennett for many years and Rose Hill Funeral Home full time for the last 3 years. Les' faith was a big part of his life. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Cheshire having been a senior deacon, a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, youth mentor, part of the Interfaith Refugee Ministry, and served on many other boards and committees. Over the years he was also a softball and Little League coach, member of the AT&T Pioneers, VFW Post 7330, the American Legion, and the AFSCME Retirees. Les had a lifelong love of motorcycles which he shared with his family. He especially enjoyed weekend trips with his wife and day trips with his grandson. Les was a dedicated husband, loving father and grandfather, and will be remembered by many as an outgoing, likable, gracious man. His family would like to thank his amazing medical team who showed such care and compassion over the last seven months: Dr. Thomas Fynan, Dr. Christin Knowlton, Dr. Peter Huvelle, Dr. Peter Rogol, the staff members of Smilow and Father McGivney Cancer Centers and CT Hospice. Friends are invited to visit with his family on Sunday, June 10th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden and may attend his Funeral Service in the First Congregational Church of Cheshire on Monday, June 11th at 10:00 a.m. followed by his burial in the Middletown Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors. Contributions in Les' memory may be sent to the America Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854 or to the Deacon's Memorial Fund, The First Congregational Church, 111 Church Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410.

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  1. Brother, I love you and already miss you very much. You have been an inspiration to me and have been there for me when I needed advice, help or just to be cheered up. I couldn’t have asked for a better brother and will cherish many found memories we shared. I have just a couple of regrets: I should have taught you golf so we could have spent some great quality hours together and wished I had my Motorcycle so that we could have taken some nice rides together. You will continue to be an inspiration to me and in my heart. I love you Brother. Jose.

  2. I am heartbroken after hearing the news about the loss of Lester Jr. I worked with Les Jr, and also with his mom and dad Lester Sr. and Madelyn at the New Haven Police Department. Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of this fine gentleman.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Les was such a giving person. I have such fond memories of him from the Cheshire Church. He holds a very special place in my heart. I always knew I could count on him in the children’s and Confirmation ministry. I pray for all of you as you grieve his loss.

  4. I’m so sorry to read Les’ obituary this morning. Les and I were good friends through school, then after the military we just went our separate ways. I often think of our fun together growing up in Westville. I’ll try to get to the wake on Sunday. Mike LeVesque

  5. I’ve only known Les about 8 yrs. Lauren, who will miss him so very much, works with me at CHS. What I feel is that Les was a personable, friendly, always smiling guy, with a great personality to go with all of it. I really got to know Les at the shelter for the 5 days we had CHS opened. Les was there to be with his loving wife but also because he wanted to volunteer his time helping so many Cheshire residents. He was helping us, Foods & Nutrition staff, while entertaining the residents to cheer them up, tell them something funny but mostly to listen to their stories. He brought VCR tapes so that kids could watch movies to pass the time away because he wanted to do his part during Storm Alfred. And Les did it all. R.I.P. Les, you’ll be missed by so many.

  6. Lauren, Another lifetime ago when we were all at S.N.E.T. I remember taking a day trip with you, Les and Frank to R.I. do you?If so you would be smiling about it now! We had a lot of yrs together at the old SNET, many memories. I did bump into Les about 6 yrs ago at Physique Plus and we had a nice talk. My love and prayers go out to you and your family. I know Les will be looking down upon you and keeping you safe as he always did. I will try to attend the Mass on Monday. Peace always, Dolores

  7. Lauren, we were so sorry to hear the news of Les’ passing. I worked with Les during his .Pronto. years at the phone company. He was a wonderful friend, and I know he will be missed. Our thoughts and our prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Les was our roaming scheduler. He would go to any town needed when someone needed time off, to cover for us at AT&T. Always willing to help. Hoping prayers and the stories/memories you have, help keep him in your heart always…So very sorry..May angels lead him in….

  9. My sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved Les. Having Lissa as my best friend growing up, I was blessed to know Les as a loving father to his children. The earth may have lost a good man, but heaven has gained another great angel to watch over us all.

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. I worked with Les at AT&T. He will be missed.

  11. Les and I worked together in the SNET business office in the 80’s right around the time he and Lauren got married. I remember him telling me how lucky he was to have found her and I could tell how in love he was. Les was so funny! We had a contest once and had to come up with a name for our team…we worked on Long Wharf in New Haven and his name was the MASTERBAITERS….WHICH I LOVED! It didn’t get picked but it was my pic only because it made me laugh! I saw Les years later at Science Park in New Haven from time to time. You never know the impact someone has on your life until they are no longer here. Reading his obituary brought tears to my eyes because he was such a good soul. May he rest in peace and may God watch over his family at this sad time. And Frank, I’m thinking about you too. I’m so sorry for your loss. xxxx Bonnie

  12. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Les was my bowling captain for our SNET bowling league and he always made it a lot of fun. Always had a joke to make us all laugh what a quality kind of guy. I am sure he will be greatly missed but his memories will always live on. May he rest in peace.

  13. Dear Lissa, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your dad. I know that you will find comfort in your faith through your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that you loved your dad dearly and he will always be a part of you. His love will give you comfort. Just know that your dad has transitioned from this world into the next where there will be no more pain, sorrow nor tears. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as I have always done. May God continue to bless you and yours.. Love, Valerie & Jon Bokowski

  14. Lauren, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I worked with Les for years at SNET and he was such a good man. He was so devoted to you and your family and we all enjoyed his stories. He was my daughter’s limo driver for her senior prom and I just knew she and her friends would be safe. I am so sorry for your loss, it was an honor to have known Les.

  15. My condolence to Lester and family. Madlyn u raised a wonderful son an he was a great officer.

  16. I had the honor and privelege of working in the same SNET/ATT buildings as Les over the years. The world has lost a wonderful kind hearted soul. He always had a wide smile and a funny story to brighten even the gloomiest of days. I’m sure he’s making all of Heaven smile and laugh out loud just as he did us. I am so sorry for you loss.

  17. May God strengthen you at this time. I am saddened by your loss. I worked with Les for only a short time but during that time I came to know him and enjoyed his stories. He was a very nice man and he certainly touched my life. He will be missed by many. I know the Angels are rejoicing.

  18. Frank, I am very sorry for your loss. Brotherhood is a special bond that can never be broken. Death can take the body but it can not take the soul.

  19. Frank, I was so sorry to hear about your brother. I know you always looked up to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jean (Saccavino) Richo

  20. Dear Lauren, So sad to hear the news of Les’s passing. May you find peace in God’s love. Linda Drake

  21. My thoughts and prayers are with Les’s family at this very difficult time. I worked with Les many years ago in SNET in New Haven. He was a very caring person always had a smile on his face. RIP Les

  22. hello, my mom n dad were friends of madiliene and Les when they were New Haven Cops. I am trying to find info about my aunt. She also was a friend of Madelend and Les. My gramma babysate for Lil Les and I think his name was Ricky. Sorry if Im wrong. Madiline was the only one who know Aunt Chars secrect. She wouldnt tell my mom cuz .she was moms sister.. This has been a long running secret. It wudnt change my feelings of Aunt Char, she was my rolle modle. I just need the secret is be told. Evedryone envolved has passed away. so the secret needs to be told. I love u aunt Char, tell me ur secret. Love Ginger.

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