Lester Karas

Lester Walter Karas

Monday, March 3rd, 1930 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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KARAS, Lester Walter - passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on July 22, 2019 in his 89th year. Reunited with his wife and best friend, Flora Karas (d. May 29, 2011). Devoted father of Paul, Elaine and Sandra, and grandfather of Catherine, Nicholas, Elyse, Dante, Zachary and Kassandra. Dear brother of Harvey (d. Aug. 9, 1969) George and Fran Floen.

Lester grew up on a farm near Hesketh Alberta. He worked hard and obtained loans so he could stay at a dormitory in Drumheller to finish his high school diploma. He went on to obtain his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta. An important part of his legacy is that he encouraged and facilitated his children’s university educations and their music lessons. After graduation, he and Flora drove east to Toronto where he held jobs with Honeywell and Ontario Hydro.

In 1959, Les and Flora bought a house in Newmarket, and lived the rest of their days there. Lester was an active member at Grace Church, as an Elder, a teacher, a youth group sponsor, a leader in Boy’s Brigade, and a sound technician. He was the chairman of the building committee for the current Grace Church building and Newmarket and District Christian Academy.

Les was an avid target shooter and won many awards and competitions. Les was a proud member of the reserve army, and retired with the rank of Brigadier General. He became well known for writing numerous articles about shooting. Unfortunately, that passion also contributed to a profound hearing loss in his later years.

When he was growing up on the farm, he learned how to fix farm equipment. Then he became adept at fixing cars, electrical problems, and household appliances. He demonstrated an attitude of service by helping others in his community.

For most of his life, Les was blessed with good health. In April of 2018 he had a stroke that resulted in a lengthy stay in Southlake Hospital, and then at a rehab hospital in Toronto, and then another rehab facility in Maple, and then a stay at Park Place in Aurora, and finally back to Southlake. Many thanks to the caring staff at Southlake, and at Chartwell Park Place.

Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main Street South, Newmarket, on Sunday July 28th from 7 – 9 pm for visitation. The funeral service will be in the chapel at noon on Monday July 29th. Reception to follow. Interment will be at the Pine Orchard Cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to either:
Mission Aviation Fellowship
102-195 Hanlon Creek Boulevard
Guelph, Ontario
N1C 0A1
Canadian Bible Society
10 Carnforth Rd,
NorthYork, Ontario
M4A 2S4
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Visitation Room #2
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 12:00pm
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    157 Main St. S.
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 3Y9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Larry Clements
  • Interment

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 3:00pm
    Pine Orchard Cemetery
    Vivian Road, East of Woodbine Avenue


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Denise Low

Posted at 06:59pm
I grew up beside the Karas family. We were truly blessed to have had such amazing neighbours. Mr. Karas was a wonderful man and our family has many many years of happy and fond memories of them. My deepest sympathies to Paul, Elaine and Sandra and their families.
Denise Low.

Barry and Bonnie Moeckel

Posted at 01:59am
Our prayers are with you, Paul, Elaine, Sandra and families in your loss. We both have so many fond memories of both your parents. For me they go back to 1970, when I came to faith in Jesus at a Billy Graham film at my high school, NDHS. It turns out your parents had been involved in Grace Church helping to sponsor this event. I believe your dad later became my Sunday School teacher. Your mom was always a prayer warrior. And when we got married at Grace in 1978, your dad recorded the wedding ceremony, and your parents hid our "getaway car" in their garage, to keep it out of harm's (or pranksters') way. When we went to Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1979, your parents were among our most faithful prayer supporters, and also gave towards our ministry with Wycliffe for a number of years. Your parents were always proud of you, their "kids." What a tremendous legacy they have left.

Rob Saunders

Posted at 09:00pm
I remember your dad, and I think in part one of the reasons I became an engineer was your father. My sincere condolences.

Rob Saunders

Gordon Berdahl Posted at 12:45am

My sincere condolencesd to all of Lester's family.Although about 9 years younger than him, as a young boy I was a childhood neighbour to Lester and recall him very well as a nice quiet young fellow. I too lived in the high school dorrmitory in Drumheller and became an engineer.

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