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A Tribute to Lester Duncklee

les_dunckleeLester “Les” H. Duncklee, of Colchester, formerly of Pawcatuck, passed away suddenly on March 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Those closest to Les will always be thankful for his constant support and encouragement. His motto of living with a positive mental attitude will forever be etched in their hearts.

President of L.H. Duncklee Refrigeration, Inc., now known as Duncklee, Inc. Cooling & Heating, Les was recently honored by the Vice President Jonathan, at the company’s 40th anniversary as its founder in 1973. He learned his trade in the HVAC business while proudly serving in the U.S. Navy from September 1959 to October 1963. Les was also a New London County State Marshal since 1995.

As the act of giving was one of Les’s most admirable traits, he contributed to a multitude of organizations which kept him strongly connected to his community. He was a brother of the Masonic Coastal Lodge #57 of Stonington, a brotherhood now shared with Christopher; past president of the Stonington Rotary Club, past president of the Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut in the 1980s, past president of the CHCC (Connecticut Heating and Cooling Contractors Association), and a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. Les served on The Stonington Water Pollution Control and Democratic Town Committee and was recently elected as the incoming president of Stonington Rotary for this upcoming year. He held the honor of Eagle Scout, a shared achievement with Connor. Les’s life was full of adventure, and he enjoyed experiences far and wide. He always said, “The world is small; it’s only a plane ride to anywhere.” Les also loved riding his Harley-Davidson. Many of Les’s favorite memories were also created at his family lakeside cabin in Hillsboro, N.H.