by Chris Paul
SANDOWN – Although Sandown Volunteer Fireman Lloyd Lessard hasn’t been out fighting house fires in an awful long time, the 100-year-old is technically still on the roster at the Sandown Fire Department.
On Saturday morning, April 24, the department hosted a Birthday Party for Lessard as he gets ready to celebrate his 100th year on April 29.
Family, friends, town officials and fellow fire fighter gathered at the event to wish happy birthday to the current Boston Post Cane holder.
He was presented with his favorite blueberry muffins and those attending sang happy birthday and dished out cake in celebration of the occasion.
A number of folks got up to speak during the celebration to speak of all the fond memories they had of Lloyd. Sandown Selectman Chairman Eric Olsen presented Lloyd with a proclamation to commemorate the day.
Lessard had been a Volunteer Sandown Firefighter since the 1940s, when the department was first established, but left active duty after suffering a stroke a number of years ago.
Lessard helped to build the current Fire Station back in the 1980s and has raised five children in his home on Main Street in Sandown that only recently had running water installed.
Four generations of family members attended the Birthday Party on Saturday and listen to Llyod as he told stories about a number of his interests, one being gardening, and how he used to had out between 300-500 parsnips each season. He also was a master clock builder.
Lassard was married to his wife Virginia until she passed a few years ago.
He has served on a number of town position in town over the years, including the Planning Board, Supervisor of the Checklist, Health Inspector and Trustee of the Trust Funds.
Lessard was always known as someone who would lend a helping hand to whoever was in need.