About Robert


Growing up

Robert was born August 30, 1970 to Ana & Boris Leustek. He has 4 siblings, Brothers Tom and Rudy and Sisters Ingrid and Margret. He has a number of nieces and nephews and cousins. He loved his family more than anything else in the world. He graduated from Roselle Park High School, class of 1988. He and his friends used to love camping annually in the Adirondacks at Newcomb Lake NY. He was also a Boy Scout and earned many  badges.   

Life in New Jersey

Robert met his wife, Gloria in April of 1995 thanks to his brother Rudy. They were married on November 12, 1996 in Hollywood Florida in front of a Notary Public and renewed their vows 2 years later at Zion Lutheran Church, Rahway NJ for his and Gloria's mom. They intended to move to NH soon after but stayed in NJ as they took care of Gloria's mother. When Gloria's mother passed in 2012 they renovated her house and then they were finally able to move in 2014 after the estate was settled. Robert worked for the Sisters of St. John the Baptist as a Grounds Keeper and Maintenance Man up until the time they moved to NH. He obtained his CDL-A Drivers License in 2012 and had his Black Seal Boilers License. During this time at Mt. St. John he had a huge garden, kept chickens and even had a number of Saanen Dairy Goats, Jazzy, Illy (to the right) and Phoebe. This is also where he began a lot of his homesteading activities, including Wine making, Soap making, Canning and Beekeeping.  Robert was also an avid Deer Hunter and shot many a deer on the "mountain". He rode in the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Society for 3 years in a row. He was also very active in the Ron Paul movement as he believed in his God given freedoms including Life, Liberty and Property. He loved smoking pipes and had an extensive collection including some very beautiful Meersham pipes. He had two Beagles, Lucky and Snoopy.

Life in New Hampshire

Robert and his wife Gloria bought their house in Winchester New Hampshire in 2005, but due to family obligations they were unable to move as they were taking care of Gloria’s elderly mother until she passed at the age of 90. But even at that time Robert made a point of getting to know his neighbors and learning everything he could about Winchester. “It’s always been a dream of mine to have a farm and live in the country, but where we came from that was just not possible”, said Robert. Finally in 2014 Robert was able to move up here and begin his new life in beautiful Winchester. He was a member of the Winchester RED Committee and eventually became the Chair. 

On the RED Committee he helped start the Farmers Market on Main and Music in the Park. He was a member of the Pickle Festival Committee and was supposed to be the President of the newly formed Winchester Centennial Lions Club which chartered Sept. 9, 2017. He ran for Select Board in 2016 and lost by a slim margin. He ran again in 2017 and this time he won. He served until his death on August 15, 2017. He cared about his town and was always cleaning up trash on his street. He was a member of the Winchester Historical Society. Of course his big accomplishment was restoring the Town Clock located in the Center Church right across from Town Hall and was appointed the Town Clock Custodian. He was most proud of starting his own Farm to Table business Porcupine Acres where he began selling at the Farmers Market and to the Keene Co-op. He was also a member of the Monadnock Beekeepers Association where he was a teacher and mentor. 

Many of the things Robert did

  • Restoring the Town Clock
  • Winchester Selectman and Planning board alternate
  • Owner/Partner of his Farm business, Porcupine Acres LLC.
  • Former Chair of and Selectman's Representative to the Winchester Revitalization and Economic Development Committee (RED)
  • Beekeeper, mentor and teacher Beekeeping classes
  • Member Monadnock Beekeepers Association
  • Member Winchester Historical Society
  • MFCC Farmers Market Food Event Committee
  • Lions Club President
  • Complete Streets Committee Member
  • Winchester Pickle Festival Committee - Vice President
  • Seasonal fuel driver for Bob's Fuel
  • Computer "geek" (he loved to build his own computer systems)
  • Sugar'n
  • Camper
  • Canoeing
  • Deer Hunter
  • Filming the School Board and other Town groups and posting on Facebook and YouTube
  • Helped produce the Winchester Music in the Park series
  • Helped produce the Winchester Musical Jubilee 
  • Mead & Wine maker
  • Soap maker
  • Handyman
  • Winchester Farmers Market
  • Hiking, Camping and Bike Riding
  • Cleaning up litter in Winchester
  • Helping at his wife's Church in Rindge
  • Loving Husband, Brother and Uncle

Article, Videos & Links

"Greasin’ the wheels: Winchester man gives time to restore old clock"  The Keene Sentinel 2-26-17

Fixing the Clock Video Keene Sentinel 2-26-17
"Newcomer contributes to the revitalization of Winchester"  The Brattleboro Reformer 3-11-17

Fixing the Clock Video Brattleboro Reformer 3-11-17

Making Mead Video (Courtesy of Tarrin Lupo)

Beekeeping Video (Courtesy of Tarrin Lupo)

Carnivorous Plants Video (Courtesy of Tarrin Lupo)

Making Wine Video (Courtesy of Tarrin Lupo)

Robert's Facebook 


Robert's Reading List

I, Pencil

The Jefferson Bible

Pillars of Prosperity

The Real Lincoln 

"Country Boy" by Aaron Lewis of Stained

(Robert was practicing this song to sing for Karaoke)

Well I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn't know
My pops picked the place up for 1500 bucks back in 1964

My grandfather was a drinker back in the day he put 'em down
But a war is known to change a man and the whiskey is known to change a man

But, that's not me
I rarely drink from the bottle but I smoke a little weed
I still live in the sticks where you wouldn't go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I'll ever be

Now it's been 12 years since I sold my soul to the devil in L.A.
He said "sign your name here on the dotted line and your songs they all will play"

He set up shop on sunset, he put me up at the marquee
He said "you wanna sell a million records boy you better listen to me"

He said "change your style, whiten your smile, you could lose a couple of pounds
And if you want to live this life, you better lose that wife, do you need your friends around?"

I said, no that's not me
Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family
And I like my jeans and my old t-shirts
And a couple extra pounds never really hurt
Cause a country boy is all I'll ever be

Cause Hank taught me just how to stay alive
You'll never catch me out the house without my 9 or 45

I got a big orange tractor and a diesel truck
And my idea of heaven is chasing whitetail bucks
And as a country boy you know I can survive

Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel
One is the colors that fly high and proud
The red, the white, the blue
The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made
"Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave
Because, this is me
I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs

And I've said it before but I'll say it again
Cause I've never needed government to hold my hand
And I've said it before but I'll say it again
Cause my family has always fought and died to save this land
And a country boy is all I'll ever be

I love my country, I love my guns, I love my family
I love the way it is now, and anybody that tries to change it
Has to come through me, that should be all our attitudes
'cause this is America and a country boy is good enough for me son