On Sunday, March 28, the Hastings family unexpectedly lost their beloved Alton “Lee” Hastings.

Lee is survived by his wife of 30 years, Terri; sons Eric and Kyle; siblings, Ricky, Gary, Joan, Jason, Toni; and his dog Leia.

Lee was born May 25, 1957 in Salisbury to the late James Alton and Irma Jean Hastings. Lee grew up in Laurel where he spent time between farms in his family. He graduated from Laurel High School in 1975. Lee and Terri settled down in Laurel where he helped build a beautiful life for his family.

Lee spent just over 37 years working in several capacities for Pepsi Co. in Harrington and Salisbury, where his dedication was evident throughout his entire career. Lee awoke as early as 1 a.m. to start his shifts, oftentimes, and despite a tough schedule, never missed his sons’ achievements, special gatherings, or anywhere where he’d feel left out.

Lee was a kid at heart and a physically active man who loved to “play”. In the 1980s Lee was an avid weightlifter, placing in local competitions. He played on local softball and basketball teams while earning the nickname “O”. Lee loved sports and was a fan of NHRA, WWF, the 1980s Celtics, Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bears, and the Rocky Balboa films. Lee volunteered to coach several sports teams during his sons’ childhood, taking on the role of coach and second-dad to many. His favorite memories were spent either at the beach or in the family yard, jumping in the pool, and playing sports like basketball, ping-pong, and wiffle ball with his sons, friends, all while his wife made fun of him from the sidelines. Lee was at his best, and felt the most love, when his family and friends came to visit him – when he could share fist bumps and a belly-laugh. Lee was the star of the show and he will be so terribly missed.

A celebration of Lee’s life was held at on Tuesday, April 6 at 3CS USA Church in Delmar.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club to benefit the Youth of the Year Program by visiting https://www.bgclubs.org/donate/.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.