LESTER “LES” LAZARUS, A longtime resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, passed away on November 19, 2019 at the age of 90. Les was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1929; his family later moved to Jersey City where he managed the family’s restaurant and graduated from William L. Dickerson High School.
In 1950 after turning down a football scholarship, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Following Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC and the School of Infantry, he was forward deployed in support of the Korean War as a machine gunner in a Marine rifle company, fighting in the outposts of Samoa, Siberia, X-ray, and Bunker Hill. He received three Purple Hearts, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Korean Service Medal. He went on to duty stations in both Camp Pendleton, CA and Camp Lejeune, NC before being Honorably Discharged.
Les later received degrees in Chemistry from Farleigh Dickenson University, and worked as a bio-chemist for most of his career before retiring from Northwest Bergen Utilities in 2004. He was a pilot, a Ham Radio Operator, and a Nationally recognized Coach in the shooting sports.
Les was an avid participant in the shooting sports for over 70 years. He had participated in various coaching forums at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, was a member of the International Shooting Coaches Association, and for over 20 years was the Director of Junior Programs at the Ridgewood Rifle Club. He spent years as a Competition Match Referee both locally and at the National level, and throughout his retirement spent time with Waldwick Pistol and Rifle Club assisting as a smallbore instructor.
Les married the love of his life, the former Julia Acampora of Allendale, NJ, whom he proudly attests even to his final days that he “loved at first sight”. Together their love story of 58 years brought them two daughters, endless memories, and a joyful life. Lester is survived by his loving wife, Julia; his devoted daughters Wendy and Cindy; his son-in-law Barry C. Neulen, and countless friends and students whose lives he touched.
A Funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
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