SWITMO VOLUNTEER LARRY LAZZARI CELEBRATES HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY
One of our most faithful volunteers is Larry Lazzari. He turned 90 in August 2014. At the tail gate party after our
trail work on Anderson Mountain on August 16th, we celebrated Larry and his 90th birthday with cupcakes,
watermelon, and a candle ring of 9 candles; each candle represented a decade. Larry is still doing trail work
and he continues to ride his bike twenty or so miles several times a week. Long Live Larry!
20 January 1926-03 March 2019
In his retirement Lester did trail work with SWITMO off and on for a number of years. He loved the woods and was very curious and knowledgeable about the plants and animals. We learned that he had been trained in natural science and forestry. When the love of his life Winifred (Winnie) was serving as a doctor in Sierra Leone in West Africa, Lester joined her and they were married. Lester served in Sierra Leone running an agricultural test farm. They were there for seventeen years during which time they had five children and three furloughs in the US.
Upon their return to the United States after seventeen years, Lester studied and got a doctorate in Education with his specialty being forestry. In 1979 Lester and Winnie returned to Africa to the Sudan to help restore extension education there after a civil war.
After retirement he continued to travel overseas for many short-term, volunteer jobs. Lester learned eight languages, besides English, during his lifetime.
Back home in Mount Vernon he volunteered for the First United Methodist Church, Neighbors in Need, SWITMO and Habitat for Humanity.
Lester was an avid hiker. His motto was "Kick the sticks off the trail so that those who come behind won't have to do it."