Obituaries 11-19-2015

Stephan Slesar


Stephan J. Slesar of Charlestown died at home on November 14. He was 83 years old.

He was the husband of Corinne for 55 years; father to Tara of Reston, Virginia, Joseph and his wife, Amy of Charlestown; “Obi” (grandfather) to Kailey, Dominic and Ionie of Charlestown; father to Stephan Jr. and his wife and Sophia and Stephan M., all of Medfield; brother to the late Rudolph of Ottawa, Ontario and the late Stella of St. Catharines, Ontario.

Stephan lived an extraordinary life. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada in 1932 to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents Jozef and Pauline Slesar. With their support, he received a B.A. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario in 1955 and M.D., C.M. from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec in 1959. He interned at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Slesar became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and enjoyed a long and successful career as a Cardiologist at hospitals in Toronto, St. Catharines and Ottawa and his private practice.

Dr. Slesar and his wife, who he met while they were students in Montreal, moved to Boston in 2001 to be close to his children and their growing families. While he suffered a physically debilitating stroke in 2002, he remained mentally acute and enjoyed his grandchildren until his recent decline.

He will be remembered by his wife, his children and their children whom he encouraged and made it possible for them to attend undergraduate and graduate programs at schools in the United States and for his support in their endeavors. He will be remembered by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Private funeral arrangements are by the Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. In honor of his life and family, donations of new children’s books may be sent to “Sam’s Library at Beth Israel Deaconess Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”.

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