Lester C. Morat

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Lester Charles Morat, age 92, of Floyd, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, on Wednesday October 14, 2021, at Rome Health.

Lester was born in Rome on June 2, 1929, to the late Katherine and Charles Morat and graduated from Holland Patent Central School. On June 9, 1951, he was united in marriage to his life-long best friend, the former Anna Iselo; a blessed union of 59 years until her passing on August 19, 2010. He retired after working for 47 years as a New York State and Federal Milk and Dairy Inspector, many of those years with the Holland Patent Farmers Co-Op. Lester starting his career working the family farm in Westernville and at the former GLF (Agway) as a truck driver and then managed the Mathis Creamery & Dairy in South Rome.

His biggest joys in life were when he and his wife would go watch his children and then grandchildren, compete in sporting events, dance recitals, school plays and recitals. Anything that involved the family, as that was the most important thing in life for them. He loved to work outside in the lawn and especially his numerous flower and vegetable gardens — and everyone said that Lester must have had a green thumb because everything he grew was just right. When he either was too tired to be outside or needed to rest, he loved to watch re-runs of Western movies and series, with Gunsmoke one of his favorites and any movie with John Wayne in it.

Lester is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie (Ginger Shepardson), Jim (Vaune), Steve (Liz), and Pete (Tracy Kirk); two daughters, Diane, and Rhonda; his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jeff (Donna) Morat and their children, Gemma, Lincoln, and Dominic; Anthony (Ashley Lewis) Morat; Justin (Diana House) Morat; Shauna (Eric) Barnum; Kristin (John) Fleury and their daughter,Violet; Erin (Jason) Longo and their children, Jack and Sophia; Valerie (Matt) Shoerer and their children, Lexy, Colby, and Benjamin; David Smith Jr.; Joseph Morat; Stevie (Erica) Morat and their children, Stevie and Emile; and Adam (Alyshias) Morat their children, Maddie and Camryn; and a sister in law, Amelia Iselo. He was predeceased by his brothers, Howard (Elsie) and Harold Morat; brothers and sisters in law Aggie (Wayne) McCormick, Jack Iselo, Nick Iselo, Peter Iselo, Florence (Albert) Iannotti, and Nicholas (Florence) Iselo; and many close friends and neighbors over the years.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 20, at 11 a.m. at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut St., Rome with burial following in Townsend Cemetery, Route 365 in Stittville.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 19, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Please offer online condolences at: BarryFuneralHome.com.