canada africa partner reservation Lester Barritt obituary – Countryside

Lester Barritt obituary – Countryside


Lester S. Barritt (“Les”), 90, loving and caring husband of the late Elizabeth “Betsy” (Lewis), devoted father of David Barritt (Joan), Deborah Barritt Lyons (Jeffrey), and the late Peter Barritt, cherished grandfather of Richard Barritt (Angela), William Barritt (Dana), Katherine Lyons Sullivan (Patrick), Kimberly Lyons Baker (Brennan), Michael Lyons, Rebecca Barritt and Megan Barritt, and great-grandfather of Harper, Carter and Briar Barritt, died peacefully on April 20 2024. Les was also preceded in death by his parents Lester M. and Sibyl Barritt and his brother Ronald. Les grew up and spent most of his childhood and adult life in Western Springs, Illinois. He was a 1951 graduate of Lyons Township High School. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1955, where he ran cross-country and was a member of Delta Upsilon and Air Force ROTC. Les served in the Air Force for three years as a pilot and intelligence officer, reaching the rank of captain. Les and Betsy met early in their college years and married weeks after graduation. They were married for 59 happy years before Betsy passed away in 2014. They greatly enjoyed their family, a wide network of friends, summers in Silver Lake, WI, vacations to Hilton Head and Sanibel, cruises and trips off the beaten path. Les received his MBA from the University of Chicago and had a successful career managing office buildings and other commercial real estate in the Chicago area, along with several entrepreneurial ventures. Les was highly regarded in his field and was a longtime member and president of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago. He retired at the age of 83. Les was an avid tennis player and golfer and loved all sports, especially his beloved Cubs who won the World Series on his 82nd birthday. Les will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and business colleagues for his humor, ready smile and laugh. He was a beloved and loyal friend to many and legendary as “Bubba” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who adored him and brought him so much joy. His memory lives on in all of us. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Western Springs on May 15, 2024 at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs, Illinois 60558. Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home. Funeral information: 708-352-6500