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Lester Albertson

Age: 87
Lester M. Albertson was born in Southold on September 17, 1918, the sixth of seven children of Albert W. Albertson and Genevieve (nee Merwin) Albertson. “Let,” as his family and friends knew him, graduated from Southold High School in 1936 and took business classes at Southold Academy (now Academy Printing) before being hired by Long Island Produce and put in charge of the branch office in Orient, which shipped produce on the oyster boats across the Sound to Boston and Providence.

In 1940 he entered the United States Army, serving in France, Germany, and Italy, where he spent more than a year on the front lines serving under General George Patton and attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. Before Mr. Albertson went overseas, he came home to marry his high school sweetheart, Hope Meredith who was born and raised in Peconic.

After returning from the war, Mr. Albertson worked for his father at Albertson’s Grocery Store, which had been started by Let Albertson’s great-grandfather, William C. Albertson. After his father died, Mr. Albertson assumed the responsibilities of running the store and soon became involved in politics, being elected to the position of Justice of the Peace. As part of the job, he would perform wedding ceremonies in his own home, with his wife, Hope, playing “I Love You Truly” on the Victrola.

Politics became a permanent part of Mr. Albertson’s life, eventually forcing him to give up the general store. In 1956, he was elected to the Town Council and in 1960, was elected Town Supervisor. He was part of the County Board of Supervisors, and in 1969, he was elected to the office of Suffolk County Clerk. He won election to that office three times and was responsible for the conversion of the County Clerk’s records from hard copy books to computer and microfilm. Mr. Albertson retired from politics in 1978.

He remained active as Chairman of the Board of Southold Savings Bank until it merged with North Fork Bank. He also did other volunteer work as President of the Suffolk County Community College and of Eastern Long Island Hospital. He also enjoyed playing golf as a member of Island’s End Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Albertson is survived by two sons, Robert and Stephen, two daughters, Nan Schade and Kathleen DePetris, all of Southold, as well as 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Albert W. Albertson of East Marion.

American Legion and Southold Fire Department Services were held last Wednesday evening at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home. Funeral services were held last Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Southold, with Rev. Dr. Peter J. Kelley officiating. Interment was in the Presbyterian Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Griswold Terry Glover Post #803 of the American Legion in Southold.
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