John M. Lessard Jr.

OAKLAND – John M. Lessard Jr., 42, passed away on Aug. 26, 2023. He was born on Oct. 5, 1980, in Waterville, the son of Brenda Houston and John M. Lessard Sr.

John was educated in the Messalonskee School District. He was a gifted and talented athlete. He especially loved baseball. He received the award for Most Valuable Player.

John worked for Sarah Donnell as a carpenter remodeling properties. John loved his group motorcycling trips and he enjoyed a good snowmobile ride in the winter. His favorite fishing place was in Bingham where he also loved to camp. He was adventurous and loved to explore new places.

He was predeceased by his maternal and fraternal grandparents; uncle, Dr. Craig Houston, aunts Marie (Lessard) Inglefinger and Elizabeth (Lessard) Lowe; as well as his children’s mother, Nicole Wilkie.

John is survived by his children, Lily and Jonathan Wilkie; sister, Christie Houston and her two sons, Jordan and Colby; aunt, Ann Houston and wife Marion; uncles Bill, Dan and Paul Lessard and their families; special friends Levi, Tiffany B. and her son Jacob, Sarah, George, as well as many other good friends; also, but not forgotten, his dog, Ty.

John M. Lessard Sr. had a special Mass said for John at the VA Chapel in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Sept. 7.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the Oakland American Legion on Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Saint Francis Cemetery on Grove Street in Waterville.

The family invites you to visit John’s memorial page at to send condolences, share photos and special memories.

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