John Lees, Sr., 85

Dec 23, 2017

John A. Lees, Sr., 85, of Mattapoisett died December 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. There are no words to express how much he will be missed.

He was the husband of the late Jane E. (Donaghy) Lees.

Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Albert and Katherine (O'Brien) lees, he lived with his family in Mattapoisett and Naples, FL.

Mr. Lees was formerly employed as a commercial fisherman on several vessels in the New Bedford fleet for many years until his retirement.

He was happiest when spending time with his family, boating, winters in Florida, fishing with his late wife, playing cards at Fox Woods,enjoying big family dinners and eating candy.

Survivors include his 7 children, Richard Reilly and his wife Melanie and Donna Reilly all of Mattapoisett, Andrew Reilly and his wife Meg of South Carolina, Karen Lees of New Bedford, John Lees, Jr. and his wife Pamela and Jane Lees, all of Mattapoisett, and Kathy Cruz of Centerville; a brother, Robert Lees and his wife Linda of Coral Springs, FL; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was the father of the late Timothy Reilly, Paul Reilly and Joy Reilly.

His visiting hours will be held on Friday, December 22, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. A Memorial Clam Boil for family and friends will be held this summer to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. For directions and guestbook, please visit


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