Obituary of Brendon Allen Sr.

BRENDON ALLEN - in Reading, February 13th, at eighty one years of age. Beloved husband of the late Jeanne (Canty) Allen. Devoted father of Brendon Allen Jr., his wife Judy of NH, Joshua Allen, his wife Helen of Wakefield and Amanda Letendre, her husband Kenneth of Woburn. Dear brother of Ronald Allen of NV, Bruce Allen of CA and the late Robert Allen. Loving grandfather of Amanda, Jessica, Brendon III, Andrew, Nolan and Jacob. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Thursday, February 16th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.. Services and interment is private. Remembrances in Brendon's memory may be made to The Melanoma Foundation of New England,111 Old Road 9 Acre Corner, Suite 1005, Concord, MA 01742.

OBITUARY:

Brendon Allen Sr. passed away at his home in Reading, Monday, February thirteenth, after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Jeanne (Canty) Allen, he was eighty one years of age.

Born in Woburn, Brendon was the son of the late Robert and Margaret (Gleeson) Allen. He grew up in the “Button End” section of the city and was educated in the Woburn Schools graduating with the Class of 1954. Throughout his high school career Brendon was an outstanding athlete all four years. Captain of the track team and co captain of the football team his senior year, Brendon also had the good fortune of dating Jeanne Canty who also just happened to be the captain of the cheer leading squad!

Brendon had secured himself a position as an Iron Worker and a proud member of Local 7. In 1960 he and Jeanne married, nestling right in to their family homestead in Reading where he made his home for over fifty years. Throughout those beginning years Brendon was not a stranger to hard work. He always had worked two or more jobs always providing for his family. Delivering oil at night, doing paper drops in the early morning and then heading off to his regular job. He had done this for quite a while and then entered the sales world of medical supplies, where he retired from after twenty five years.

Brendon and Jeanne brought three children into the world, two boys and a girl! Being an avid outdoorsman the family spent a great deal of time during summers at Islesboro, Maine, which was an island in Penobscot Bay. They ferried out to this beautiful island, where the next couple of weeks, the focus was just about fun! Hunting, fishing, salt and fresh water, bow hunting, he shared his enjoyment with his children, bringing them and showing them the proper ways of doing all these activities. He also loved to have a vegetable garden. For twenty seven years Brendon used the same seeds to plant his garden full of the absolutely best tomatoes, kale, all kinds of herbs and spices, squash, zucchini and cucumbers to name a few. Sadly just last year all the seeds that he saved year after year, were destroyed .

He and Jeanne also loved to travel themselves. St Barth’s was there number one place to visit, but wherever Jeanne wanted to travel to, Brendon’s bags were packed and ready to go, long weekend, one week, two, when they were retired, they enjoyed it all!

“Papa” as he was called by his dear grandchildren loved spending time together. He taught them many lessons about gardening and always was a part of there sporting and academic performances.

An extremely happy go lucky gentleman, Brendon was always positive and looked on the bright side of just about everything. His kindness to family and friends was ever present, he was there to help and assist in anyway humanly possible. Brendon was a man who truly inspired others to remain positive and always look for the good in people and any situation.

Sadly Brendon was predeceased by his parents, his wife Jeanne and brother Robert Allen.

He is lovingly survived by his son Brendon Allen Jr., his wife Judy of NH, Joshua Allen, his wife Helen of Wakefield and Amanda Letendre, her husband Kenneth. Dear brother of Ronald Allen of NV, Bruce Allen of CA. Loving grandfather of Amanda, Jessica, Brendon III, Andrew, Nolan and Jacob. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Thursday, February 16th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.. Services and interment is private. Remembrances in Brendon's memory may be made to The Melanoma Foundation of New England,111 Old Road 9 Acre Corner, Suite 1005, Concord, MA 01742.