John Lester

Grosse Pointe News

John Lester “Jack” van Becelaere

Jack van Becelaere, 92, of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family and friends during his brief home hospice stay. He was a Father Solanus miracle baby, born Feb. 20, 1929, in the family home in Grosse Pointe to Adiel and Marie van Becelaere (née Warnez), both now deceased.
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Gwinnett Daily Post

John Lester

Lilburn, GA John Lester, 78 of Lilburn GA, died Tuesday August 3, 2021 at Northside Gwinnett Hospital, Lawrenceville, GA. Born in Scarborough, England, he was the son of the late Ernest and Florence Lester. John graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He helped with the design of schools, railroads, bridges, and hospitals throughout England, Saudi Arabi, Tunisia, Egypt, and the state of Georgia. He was the director of pre-construction for Gwinnett County, GA., when it was the fastest growing county in the United States. He was an avid swimmer and cricket player. During his youth, he would often fish at night and bring his catch home to be cooked in the morning for breakfast. Later on, he enjoyed traveling all over the world. John also enjoyed telling stories about his many adventures and experiences. He had the ability to make anyone laugh. John was predeceased by his sister, Jane Benn; and his nephew, Stephen Benn. John was the devoted husband of Janis Lester, and was the loving father of Kristen Lester. John is also survived by his sister, Jill Heaton; his sisters-in-law, Theresa Harrison, Pricilla Clark, Shelly Potter; his brother-in-law, Matthew Clark; his nephews, Sam Heaton, Brent Sitton, Chuck Harris, and Jason Harris; his nieces, Carolyn Benn, Natasha Cousins, and Brandi Harris; and his great niece, Matilda Heaton. John will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him. A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. The family received friends on Saturday from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent or viewed at

Half-Mile High | John Lester Races Into National Spotlight

Despite Never Getting To Climb A CIF Podium, Pleasanton’s John Lester Graduated From Amador Valley Last Month As One Of The Nation’s Best High School 800-Meter Runners — Ever. The 800-meter event is one of the toughest in track and field. To be successful requires the endurance of a miler...

Laguna Hills hires from within, names John Lester football coach

John Lester has been promoted to football head coach at Laguna Hills. Lester has coached in the Hawks’ football program for 20 seasons. He is a teacher in the school’s history department. He replaces Mike Maceranka, who resigned earlier this month for personal reasons. Maceranka coached Laguna Hills for five...

Phipps, John Lester

John “Jimmy” Lester Phipps, 56 of Narrows, Va. went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. John was born on August 10, 1964 in Ahoskie, NC and was a son of the late John Howard Phipps, Sr. and Emma Jean Flanagan Phipps.