Lester Foulks, who has manned and managed the receiving and shipping room at Mildred Hoit since 1972, died on June 8th. He was 83. Like Fred Hoit, his boss of 20 years, he died with his "boots on". He worked up until 4 days before he died.
He has left a giant hole in the hearts of the legions who loved him including all the staff of Mildred Hoit, past and present. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Lester and I have been colleagues for over 49 years. He was the hardest worker I ever knew. Anything that was asked of him, he would tackle full on and immediately. He was gracious, highly disciplined, honest and ethical. He also loved his own jokes. He was kind and generous of spirit. He was a man of faith. And he was a faithful friend.
He provided delivery and shipping services to our customers above and beyond their expectations and many would walk back to his "office" to thank him and often offer Christmas cards and greetings. I remember in particular how proud he was to have had a special visit from Liz Fleitas, Eunice and Julian Cohen, and Carol Shore.
He was also proud to have accumulated 100's of gift wrapped and boxed packages ready to be picked up by Chris, our UPS man, for Christmas on the first day of work after Thanksgiving. There were some years UPS had to send a second truck out to handle the volume.
He is survived by a special member of our team- Frances Turner, our accomplished seamstress, who has been his best friend and companion during this final and happy stage of his life. Our sympathy goes out to her. He was so lucky to have you in his life Frances.
We will never be the same without Lester. But we are all the better for having known him.
Mary C. Gushee