Lester Handler was born on September 18, 1938, in New York City to George and Norma Handler at the end of the Great Depression and almost the beginning of World War II. He loved Brooklyn, whereas a young boy he played stickball and enjoyed hanging out in the neighborhood.
Transplanted to Manhattan at the beginning of his high school years, Les continued to play soccer and explore his cultural surroundings. He met his wife of 58 years, Sheila, when he was eighteen and she sixteen. It was love at first sight, and the couple enjoyed visiting Greenwich Village, attending arts events, seeing movies and especially enjoyed listening to music at Birdland and at Folk Music Festivals.
Les continued his education at Brooklyn College where he majored in Political Science and afterwards attended Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey where he excelled in Jurisprudence. Les served in the National Guard distinguishing himself as a sharpshooter.
Les and Sheila moved to Edison, New Jersey in 1970 where they raised their two children. Upon retirement they sold their NJ house and became snowbirds. Les and Sheila enjoyed living on both Cape Cod (Provincetown and Mashpee) as well as Naples, Florida.
Les always helped those who were less fortunate - from young people with special needs to Aids victims in Provincetown - and was sometimes called the Marcus Welby of Law. His career as an attorney spanned 36 years.
Les had a great love of life. He biked, kayaked on Cape Cod Bay, hiked with Beth, played all kinds of ball, most recently pickleball. Les loved fine food, which he tried all over the world. He loved to travel, and especially remembered a vows renewal voyage to Asia to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary.
But more than anything else, Les loved his family: his wife Sheila; his children, Beth and Steve; his grandchildren, Jason and Hannah Brazil and Jeremy and Joshua Handler. He is also survived by his in-law children, Eric Hauck and Denise Handler, his sister Harriet, his brother, Stewart and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law David Brazil.
Les truly loved life and was always kind, honorable, and selfless. He was the strongest and most stoic of beings. He was beloved by all who knew him.
Les died on November 4 after a long battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and Leukemia. His last words were, “Now I am in God’s Hands.”
The funeral service will be at held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 10 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (Off RTE 151), Mashpee, MA 02649.
Donations can be made to: 1) The American Red Cross; 2) MDS Foundation; or 3) Falmouth Hospital Foundation.