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“I knew Lester and Peggy in the 60s when I was a child - he was a great friend of my father's and they had wonderful times reminiscing about being in...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Tessa Wilson - friend

“Lester I fail to find the words or it may be that they do not exist not only to express my sorrow for the loss of a human being with so much...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Hinojos - Frederick, MD

“Knowing Lester has enriched my life in so many ways. I can't complete a painting without thinking of him in the process. He had a special way of ...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Terri Birkhauser - Pinehurst, NC

“Girls, Here is the rest of my condolences to you. Apparently 1000 characters was not enough 2of2 He fascinated with stories of his early sojourns...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Tartaglia - Waynesboro, PA

“Dear Margey, Susan, Judy, and his beloved grandchildren, Your Father was, inarguably, the most fascinating, talented, sincere, genteel, and...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Tartaglia - Waynesboro, PA

“I knew Lester through the Waynesboro Torch Club only in his waning years, but it was my pleasure to have him at our meetings. Alas the club disbanded...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: chlapowski jan - fayetteville, PA

“My thoughts & prayers are with the family in your time of need.I worked with Lester in numberous shows over the years,as a fellow artist I have never...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: lonnie jenkins - hagerstown, MD

“I feel much honored to have known Lester Stone, and to have had the opportunity to paint with him. He generously shared his knowledge and talent. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: John Neal Mullican - Sharpsburg, MD

“Lester will surely be miss .lester was a great and wonderful Artist and teacher.i was honor just to have meet him .god surely know him. lester has...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: eliane Ambrose - Greencastle, PA

“It was an honor to know him... he was a wonderful man and inspiring artist. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Elisabet Stacy-Hurley - MD

“A man of caring, understanding and leadership who always gave us his kindness and his all, we all should have taken better care of him. I know of no...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Richard Wilkinson - New Market, MD

“How proud I am to have known such a fine gentleman as Mr. Stone. Getting to watch him as an Artist and teacher was a great honor. Mr. Stone was an...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Daniel V. Gossard - Hagerstown, MD


NAVAL WAR HERO AND RENOWNED ARTIST DIES AT 101 Captain Lester Jay Stone, U.S. Navy (Ret.), passed away peacefully on July 10, 2012, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with his family by his side. Born on July 8, 1911, in Washington State, he was the son of the late Walter and Lottie Stone. He spent his early years in the West developing an interest in colors; drawing and painting that would serve him in his later life. Stone attended the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School, San Diego, California and then in 1930, was admitted to the United States Naval Academy as a midshipman, graduating in 1934. He earned his Naval Aviator "wings" three years later. Stone witnessed the U.S.S. Shaw explode during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and conversely, he witnessed the Japanese surrender at Kyushu. He later commanded the Naval Air Facility at Opama to help the Japanese rebuild their Air Force. He was awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan; an honor rarely afforded a foreigner. As the Executive Officer of the carrier Sicily, he saw action in the Korean War. Stone was also Commander of the Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tennessee, and Inspector General of the Navy. His career in the Navy culminated thirty years of innovation and contributions to the development of carrier aviation. The results are still employed by today's Naval, Army, and Air Force pilots. Stone was decorated with the Bronze Star. Upon retirement, Stone returned to his early interest in art. He studied under the renowned Italian sculptor, Oscar Gallo, at the Academia Delle Belle Arti, Florence, Italy. He then spent considerable time in Marbella, Spain, where he concentrated on portraits and local scenes. Some of his finest work evolved from this period. The most notable is "The Sea," a painting of the blue Mediterranean. Among the countless high points of his career as an artist are: first, the acceptance by the Japanese Watercolor Society of his painting of a Japanese shrine on Eno Shima, a small island. It was the first painting by a foreigner ever selected by the Society; and, second, a portrait of the Shah of Iran commissioned by his first cousin, Khosro Afshar. Stone's paintings are in many private, public and corporate collections, including the permanent collections of the United States Capitol Rotunda, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Department of Defense. A critic wrote, "This artist is a man of remarkable depth whose paintings depict great sensitivity and understatement." The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) News and Journal, in a recent article, wrote, "He is absolutely charming. The combination of his quiet demeanor with his sparkling intelligence, dry humor and innate humility make a formidable human being indeed." Stone was a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Salmagundi Club and National Arts Club in New York, West Coast Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, and the Maryland Federation of Art. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1934, he was married to the late Peggy King of Annapolis, Maryland, with whom he will be buried. Surviving are his three daughters, Judith King Stone of Sharpsburg, Maryland; Marguerite Stone Calyer of Malden Bridge, New York; and Susan Ridgaway Stone of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; nine grand-children; and seven great grand-children. His son Lester Jay Stone, Jr. died in 1989. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, July 24 in in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 P.M. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in the United States Naval Academy at Hospital Point overlooking the Severn River where he sailed so often as a midshipman. Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com

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