WILMINGTON — Howard J. “Jack” Leister, 84, died Sunday, June 20, 2021. He was born March 3, 1937, in Hampstead, Md., to the late Reba and Howard Leister and lived on the family farm until he left home for Duke University.
It was there he met his wife of 61 years, Anne Turner Parrott. After graduation, he worked for Wachovia Bank and eventually went back to North Carolina State University to obtain his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Jack worked in the field of landscape architecture for many years and designed many prominent works in his career. His final working years were with Forsyth Partners, a commercial real estate development company, until his retirement. Jack will be interred at the Kenan Chapel Memorial Gardens, where he was one of the principle designers of this space.
Jack was an avid music lover, took delight in the great outdoors and enjoyed woodcarving. Jack formed many great friendships through his interest in others everywhere he went. He was a member of Wrightsville United Methodist Church.
Jack is survived by his wife, Anne Parrott Leister; daughter, Ashley Leister Hood of Kinston; son, Thad Leister, and his wife, Mary, of Wilmington; and grandchildren, Patrick Hood, Evan Hood, Emily Leister and Amy Leister.
Public services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 27, at Wrightsville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to one of Jack’s favorite charities, DREAMS of Wilmington, 901 Fanning St., Wilmington, NC 28401.
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