Obituary: Lee Gwynne Mestres |

Obituary: Lee Gwynne Mestres

Lee G. Mestres, Sr., 74, of Stonington, Connecticut, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, May 13, 2010.

Born in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Ricardo A. and Anita Gwynne Mestres, and lived in Stonington for the past six years.

Lee and his wife Juana were owners of Gwynne Galleries and the Clock Tower Gallery in the Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City in the late 1970s and 1980s. He was one of the founding members of the since retired North Tahoe-Truckee Fine Arts Council, serving as its president during its developmental years. During his watch, NTFAC was responsible for revitalizing the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and partnering with Nevada State Parks to move it to Sand Harbor, NV.

Lee served his government faithfully since his graduation from Princeton in 1957. Additionally, he was an instructor at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, and was an aspiring novelist.

Leeand#8217;s greatest interest was in expanding the horizons of others while challenging himself to new ventures. Well traveled and multilingual, Lee experienced much and shared his knowledge willingly.

He is survived by two sons, Lee G. Mestres, Jr. of Medford, NJ ( and Timothy Craig Mestres of Warwick, RI; two daughters, Michele Lynn George and Nicole Ann McDonnell of Alexandria, VA; a brother, Ricardo A. Mestres Jr. of New York, NY; and his former wife Juana D. Terry, of Provo, UT.

Funeral services and burial were private. The family will hold a Memorial Service in mid-summer and#8212; time and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Princeton University, Alumni and Donor Records and#8212; Helen Hardy, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543-5357, made payable to and#8220;The Trustees of Princeton University.and#8221; In the memo line please indicate a memorial gift for Lee Mestres and#8216;57.

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