William E. "Bill" Lekas Print E-mail

William E Lekas

beloved husband, brother, uncle, great uncle, great-great uncle and friend;  

William E. “Bill” Lekas, 68, of Tyngsborough, passed away unexpectantly on Monday September 23, 2019 at Lowell General Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Elaine M Lekas (Haskell), with whom he had celebrated his 42nd wedding anniversary on August 27th. They were truly best friends, and partners in every aspect of life.

Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts, to the late Evangelos “Teddy” and the late Emelia (Rapeiko) Lekas, he was raised in the Acre section of Lowell, something that he took great pride in throughout his life and attended the Greek School, the Bartlett Junior High School, and Lowell High School, from where he graduated in 1969.

Bill went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Lowell State, his teaching certificate from St. Anselm’s College, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University.

He taught for over 30 years at Dracut High School and Nashoba Valley Technical High School, before retiring in 2010. In his years of teaching he also coached various sports, including basketball and baseball. He cared greatly for every student that entered his classroom and gave every student an equal chance.

In his retirement, he continued his passion for teaching, as an adjunct professor at both UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College. He served on the board of trustees at the Tyngsboro Public Library for 19 years, where he made many good friends. 

A lifelong learner, as well as a lifelong teacher, he was an Uncle, Great Uncle, and Great-Great Uncle to many, something that was very important to him. He was always there for his nieces and nephews, and anyone else who needed it, to tell a joke, lend a listening ear, and most importantly, give advice.

A lover of nature, Bill loved providing for the many birds in his yard and enjoyed fishing (although he released anything he caught).

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister Bessie LeBreque of Dracut, brother Sambati Lekas and his wife Linda of Chelmsford; his brother-in-law David T. Haskell and his wife Christine of Tewksbury, sister-in-law Nancy Haskell and her partner Kathleen Broga of Chelmsford, and his brother-in-law Charles Kuenzler of Lowell; nieces and nephews Tommy, Kathy, Charlie, Judy, Nancy, Michael, John, god-daughter Christina, Danny, Christine, Brian, Ben, Maria, god-son Teddy, and Dougie; as well as many Great and Great Great nieces and nephews. Bill is also survived by two cousins Sharon Lekas and Thea Curry.

He was also predeceased by his sister Anna Kuenzler, his brother-in-law Roland “Smokey” LeBreque his nephew Evangelos “Teddy” Lekas and his mother-in-law Marjorie Haskell. Bill is also survived by many friends made over the years from all walks of his life.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL Thursday afternoon from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Private Services will be held for his family at a later date. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell 13 Hurd Street Lowell, MA 01852, theopenpantry.org. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. – (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (7)
  • Rick Andrew  - Former mailman
    You get to know a lot of people when you’re the mailman. Few were as genuinely friendly as Bill. I would see him at the mailbox often and occasionally at the library. He would always have a big smile and most of the time a bad joke. I’ll miss Bill.YusUp
  • Joseph Williams  - To a great teacher and human being.
    Mr.Lekas was my English teacher in high school. To this day I’ve always told people that my favorite teacher in school was Mr. Lekas. He treated me very well and taught me the importance of being on time. One of many things he has taught me. I’m very happy to have gotten the chance to meet him and be a part of his life as one of his students. My condolences to his family. I’m sure he is watching over all of you. Rest easy Mr. Lekas...
  • Laura Duryea  - My condolences
    May your family find strength in your love for one another during this trying time. Grief and loss can be a heavy burden, but together you will be able to weather the storm and find peace as time progresses.
  • Lisa Matte  - Friend of Family-Basketball coach
    Elaine and family, I am heartbroken over the news of Bills passing. He was such a wonderful man in many aspects of his life. To my Aunt Betty (BESSIE) I want to extend to you and to everyone in the family my deepest sympathies. Love and hugs to you all. May he be at peace.
  • Judy (Kuenzler) Quinn  - Uncle Bill
    Uncle Bill, I will always remember you and our talks. You are a one of a kind guy that I will never forget. Love, Judy
  • Sarah Pacht  - NVTHS alum
    I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I never had Mr. Lekas as a teacher (as much as I looked forward to it), he was still a friendly, smiling face in the hallways of Nashoba Tech who always made my days a little brighter. You will be missed and fondly remembered.
  • Bruce Sullivan  - To My Mentor, Colleague, and Dear Friend
    I am tremendously saddened to hear of the loss of my mentor, colleague, and dear friend Bill Lekas. Bill was beloved by our entire Nashoba Tech school community as an ethical, skillful, knowledgeable, and caring educator who truly loved his profession and his students. As a colleague, Bill was generous, welcoming and always available to share sound advice or to lend encouragement. On a personal level, Billy helped change my life by serving as my mentor and recommending me for my first teaching assignment. For this, I am incredibly grateful. Bill’s life lessons will live on in the generations of grateful students and fellow teachers whom he touched on a daily basis. We love you Bill.
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