His contribution to football in Somerset was recognised two years ago when he received a, services to football award in the SFA County Awards. He was also the very deserving recipient of the FA 50 Year Service award, presented to him by SFA President Francis Hillier 2014.
The list of achievements, while impressive, go nowhere close to summing Lester up. He leaves a massive gap in our County Representative Team committee, there is a Representative Team Committee meeting Wednesday week for which he had already phoned the county office numerous times to make preparations, and before his planned operation, was organising the coach for our upcoming under 16 rep team match in Dorset. As well as missing his energy and enthusiasm along with his organisational skills, we have lost a great supporter of football in Somerset (woe betide anyone who thought Whitchurch in Bristol where he lived was not part of Somerset, he was always keen to make clear the south of, as he called it, the “eternal” city was our side) and representative football in particular. He was one of the most honest and genuine people in football and those who had the pleasure of meeting him will have been benefitted by doing so. To most of us who knew him he was a very dear friend.
We would like to pass on our sympathy to his 3 children and his grandchildren. At the moment we do not know the details of his funeral, (although being Lester he had also planned this, giving me a draft order of service several years ago, with the only gaps being the date), we will of course publish these details as and when we get them.
We will all miss him.