Lester G. Strangman


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Manchester-by-the-Sea - Lester G. Strangman, age 92, died April 6, 2019, at Kaplan Family Hospice House. He is the husband of Alice C. (Bell) Strangman. He was the son of the late Lester C. and Ruth Marion (Scott) Strangman.
At age 14 he published the Magnolia Surf News, a local gossip and information newsletter. Publication ceased after three years just prior to his graduation from Gloucester High School, class of 1945. He attended United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served in the United States Navy.
Mr. Strangman worked for 36 years with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, and retied a Quality Business Officer and Director of Persistency and Replacement Programs. He was Chairman of the Quality Business Committee for Life Insurance Management Research Association, a Hartford Connecticut life insurance industry association, a nationwide research group for major life insurance companies.
He was a Charter member of Magnolia Historical Society, Town gold member for over 50 years, Past President of Magnolia Lions Club, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Manchester Lodge Building Association during the construction of Manchester Masonic, past master of Manchester Lodge AF & AM, Clerk of First Parish Church, Trustee of the First Parish Church, Sunday School Teacher of the First Parish Church, Founder and first President of the Christian Men's Club of First Parish Church, creator and publisher of the First Parish Church Bell newsletter.
In addition to his wife his is survived by son, Richard S. Strangman of Merrimack; two daughters Nancy Gonthier and her husband Claude of Amesbury, Diane Collens of Manchester-by-the-Sea; a brother Robert Strangman of Calif.; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Robert, Angela, Anthony, Thomas, David, Josiah, Justin, Brittany; ten great-grandchildren, Julia, Anna Lee, Claire, Bradley, Camron, Cassius, JR, Lily, Jack, Evi. He was predeceased by three brothers, Stanley, Eugene, Herbert Strangman.

Funeral service will be held at First Parish Church Congregational in Manchester-by-the-Sea on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation will be held in the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Contributions may be made in his name to the Home for Little Wanderers, ATTN: Development, The Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, ATTN: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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