Brattleboro- Lester W. “Pete” Powers, Sr., 89 a longtime resident of Marlboro died peacefully Thursday afternoon, August 23, 2018 at the Thompson House where he had been a resident since February.
Mr. Powers was born at home in South Newfane on February 13, 1929 the son of Leon and Jenny (Stratton) Powers. He was raised and educated in South Newfane where he attended public school.
He had been employed as a grader operator for the Brattleboro Public Works Department where he retired from in August of 1995 following 50 years of faithful service to the town of Brattleboro. Recently he was asked if he thought he still could operate a grader and without missing a beat responded, “Absolutely!”
A true lover of nature, he enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His hunting buddies fondly referred to him as “One shot Pete.” Of his other leisure time activities, he enjoyed spending time on the family farm, taking day trips on the back roads of Windham County and time shared with his family.
On April 8, 1950 in Brattleboro he was married to Winifred Lavalley who predeceased him on July 12, 1966.
Survivors include three sons, Lester Powers, Jr. and his wife Martina of Pinellas Park, FL, James Powers of Tucson, AZ and Timothy Powers of Marlboro, four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one son, Jeffrey Powers, who died on July 29, 2012, two sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor of Saint Michael Roman Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Michael’s parish Cemetery where he will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home this evening (Tuesday) from 7 to 9 P.M.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302, or to the Thompson House Activities Fund, 80 Maple St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.