ForeverMissed
Lester Driver Shoemaker, Sr. age 85 years, formerly of South Harrison went to the Lord on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from Elmwood Hills Health Care Center, Blackwood.

He was born in Swedesboro and grew up on the family farm in South Harrison Township. Lester attended South Harrison Elementary School and Woodstown High School. Later on he worked as a Millwright for DuPont and Eastern Labs in Penns Grove and Gibbstown for ten years, where he was known to get things done and for being a hard worker. Lester joined the carpenters' union and worked at the Salem Nuclear Plant.

After he married, he and his family lived in Mullica Hill. Once he took over the farm from his parents, he moved his family there and ran the U Pick and peach packing businesses. He enjoyed peach farming and running his stand at the corner of Routes 45 and 538. Lester loved going to Cowtown, visiting friends, and giving out fruits and vegetables, and flowers to the ladies.

He always had a story to tell or a fun fact to share with everyone he met. If you ever stopped by his stand at the farm or at Cowtown, you know he always wore his shell necklace. Any purchase you made always came with extra goodies, a good conversation, and a bit of trivia. In the off season he could be found trimming, cutting down, and maybe even falling out of trees. When he was no longer able to climb trees he would collect and scrap household items. Even when he had to leave the farm and moved in with his daughter, he still enjoyed cutting the grass there and helping his sons with the farm work. More recently, he was known to wear his fanciful hats to every occasion. He also liked going on day trips with his daughters and on road trips and to farm shows with his eldest son.

He is predeceased by his parents Oscar and Sarah, and his sister Doris Allen. He will be missed by his children Lester Jr. (Susan), Kathryn, David (Debbie), Patrick (Tamara), and Beth, his grandchildren Bonnie, Josh, Luke (Paula), Mark, Kevin, Melody (Barry), and Aria, and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you donate to a charity of your choice or do something nice for someone just like Lester would do.

Mr. Shoemaker's viewing will be held at St. John's UM Church, 3 Main St., Harrisonville, NJ 08039 on Friday, January 24 from 6-9pm and Saturday January 25 from 9-11am with Funeral service at 11am. Burial will be at Mullica Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.


Posted by Carol Leach on January 29, 2020
My husband Jim and I were saddened to learn of Lester's passing. He took a night school class on antiques that we offered at Clearview High School, and he loved stumping us by bringing in all sorts of obscure, antique farm implements that we knew nothing about. He also would bring in vegetables from his farm market to share with the class. We don't remember every student who took our class, but we sure remember Lester. He was a character, but a nice, generous character. It turns out that he and Jim were distant cousins with both descending off the Conrad Shoemaker line. Lester was very proud of his family history and its roots that went back to the early days of Gloucester County. He was a good man, and we are very sorry for your family's loss.
Posted by Margaret Walton DiPatri on January 23, 2020
Our condolences to the Shoemaker family. What a wonderful, thoughtful and kind gentleman your father was. We will miss him immensely at our family gatherings, and he will forever be remembered for his wittiness, jokes and his amazing trivia questions. Hugs to you all!
Posted by Charles Wible on January 22, 2020
He was always nice to everyone , he made me laugh and was always making sure everything was ok. Prayers to the Shoemaker Family .
Posted by Jan Hall on January 21, 2020
Kathy & Family:

I am deeply sadden to hear that your father has passed away. I enjoyed the wonderful times I spent with your dad. He was so funny, full of knowledge, had a great sense of humor and of course he always gave me a silver dollar. I will miss his bright smile. He truly was fun to be around.

May God keep you strong at this difficult time.
Posted by Alex Knisely on January 21, 2020
He was a kind and wonderful and much appreciated friend to my father Sam, to my brother Chris -- and although he and I met only a few times, every memory I have of him is sparkling good. Wishing him sweet rest.
Posted by Michael Ewing on January 20, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the Shoemaker family.

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Posted by Carol Leach on January 29, 2020
My husband Jim and I were saddened to learn of Lester's passing. He took a night school class on antiques that we offered at Clearview High School, and he loved stumping us by bringing in all sorts of obscure, antique farm implements that we knew nothing about. He also would bring in vegetables from his farm market to share with the class. We don't remember every student who took our class, but we sure remember Lester. He was a character, but a nice, generous character. It turns out that he and Jim were distant cousins with both descending off the Conrad Shoemaker line. Lester was very proud of his family history and its roots that went back to the early days of Gloucester County. He was a good man, and we are very sorry for your family's loss.
Posted by Margaret Walton DiPatri on January 23, 2020
Our condolences to the Shoemaker family. What a wonderful, thoughtful and kind gentleman your father was. We will miss him immensely at our family gatherings, and he will forever be remembered for his wittiness, jokes and his amazing trivia questions. Hugs to you all!
Posted by Charles Wible on January 22, 2020
He was always nice to everyone , he made me laugh and was always making sure everything was ok. Prayers to the Shoemaker Family .
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