Leo Lemay

Leo Joseph Lemay Jr.

Thursday, December 17th, 1942 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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Leo J. Lemay Jr., 76, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2019 in Rocky Hill, CT with his family by his side. Leo was born on December 17, 1942 to his parents, Leo J. Lemay Sr. and Elizabeth (Hooper) Lemay. Leo grew up in Chicopee MA and was a 1961 graduate of St. Francis Preparatory High School in Biddeford, Maine. He was pre-deceased by his wife Carolyn on July 10, 2016.
Leo lived most of his life in Enfield, CT. He was a wonderful, husband, father, pepe, and great-pepe to his family. Working many jobs to support his family, Leo, retired from Pratt and Whitney (United Technologies) in 1999 after 35 years.
Leo leaves his three children to cherish his memory, daughter Alison Wells, her husband Dan of Enfield, CT, son Chris Lemay and his wife Kati of Longmeadow, MA and daughter Luellen Perkins, of Rocky Hill, CT. His children brought him back from Florida in April to live out his last days surrounded by those that loved him. Leo was pre-deceased by his wife, parents, including step-father Mickey Borowiec, sister Carol Chapman, her husband Cliff, sister, Shirley Archambault as well as his much loved son-in-law Jeff Perkins. He leaves his grandsons Matthew Wells of Enfield, CT, Joshua Wells (Cassidy) of North Adams, MA, Mary Lemay of Cambridge, MA, Elise Lemay of Longmeadow, MA, and Leah Perkins of Cromwell, CT, Emily and Caitlin Perkins of Rocky Hill, CT. He also leaves, great-granddaughters Madelin and Charlotte Wells of Enfield, CT. Leo leaves his sister-in-law Winnie DeLong-Zinky and her husband Ed of Vernon, CT and brother- in- law Roger Archambault of Springfield, MA. He was “Uncle Junior” and “Uncle Lee” to many nieces and nephews.
The Lemay house always had an open door, with Leo being ready to play ping-pong and card games with the neighborhood kids as well as his own. Leo coached Chris’ Enfield little league baseball team and then became an umpire. The family has many happy memories of camping, especially in Rhode Island as well as in Disney World and Canada, playing cards, family dinners and Thanksgiving gatherings. In July 2013, for their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Leo and Carolyn rented a beach house in the Outer Banks, for the entire family and Leo took great pride in winning the family cribbage tournament.
During their retirement, Leo and Carolyn fulfilled a lifelong dream, of traveling cross country for 6 months. They retired to Florida in 2003, enjoying the year round warm weather and playing much golf. Leo made a “Hole in One” in 2006. Leo stated on many occasions he made some of the best friends of his life in retirement at Southport Springs.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Church (St. Raymond of Penafort Parish) 64 Pearl Street, Enfield, CT on Wednesday 8-7-19 at 10:00 Am. Please meet at the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
The family would like to thank those very special friends in Florida for helping Leo and his family so much prior to and after his return to Connecticut.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Leo’s name to: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 1579 Straits Tpke, Suite 1E, Middlebury, CT 06762 or Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza, 4101 Jim Walter, Blvd, and Tampa Florida 33607.
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    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Patrick Church
    64 Pearl St.
    enfield, CT 06082
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    Fr. Sebastian Kos


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Jane Backus Grigsby

Posted at 03:44pm
My condolences on the passing of your Father. Alison, Chris and Luellen may your memories bring you peace.
Jane Backus Grigsby

William Marino

Posted at 05:19pm
So sad to hear about Mr. Lemay. He was one of my baseball coaches and always gave me the green light to steal second and third! He was a great guy. The parties at Chris's house were classics with Mr.Lemay playing all the games with us. It is very sad when you lose the people you hung out with and had great memories. My prayers are with you all. Julio

Mike Cotnoir

Posted at 07:54pm
I am deeply saddened with the passing of this wonderful man. Mr. LeMay was truly one of a kind, and always opened up his heart, fridge, and home to his kid’s good friends. There were so many fantastic fun times I shared with him, Mrs LeMay, Chris and the family. We laughed, played ping pong, partied, danced, played jokes, ate, and slept in strange places. Yes there were porches and cats involved. You can’t make up these memories, and I am forever grateful to ‘The Big Guy’ and Mrs LeMay for sharing so much love and respect for young adults in the Big 1980’s. He was like a 2nd Dad to me those high school years, and I will always be grateful for his kindness and laughter. He trusted us, but let us play and be enterprising and entertaining young adults. In fact, I always remember my times at the LeMay house in those years, and when I became a parent of 2 high school teenagers...I couldn’t replicate all the things we got away with, but the main things I learned and shared as a parent was Love, respect, laugh, cherish, and have fun with my kid’s good friends. Thanks for teaching me how to be a Dad in many ways you never realized. My friendship with Chris was amazing, and I loved the great times with Punky, Jim-Bob, Julio, Omar, Joey C, Carl, Cal, Lumpy, and many others. I will always cherish those times, and know that he is finally back at peace with his wonderful wife of so many years. I can only think of only a few other families in town where the parents and kids were so amazing. That’s it ! How blessed we were to be in the company of such great laughter, support for their kids and friends (on/off the field), and love. Words cannot express how sad I am with his passing, but take comfort in the fact that he did this to so many kids and Friends his whole life. In hearing the joy they had in Florida makes me so happy...Mr. and Mrs LeMay were one in a million. I loved them, along with Chris and the entire family. I am even deeply upset that I cannot make the services due to business travel to the west coast, but I will be there in spirit. He lives in me, and his kindness and ability to laugh is something I try to replicate daily. Rest In Peace and say hello to the Mrs for me !

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