Obituary of Edward M. Leen, Jr.

EDWARD M."ED" LEEN, JR. - of Woburn, Tuesday February 6, 2018 at seventy-five years of age. Edward died at home surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Marie D.(Pazola) Leen. Loving father of Elizabeth "Betsy" Nazar, her husband Christopher of Mansfield and Patricia "Tricia" Healy, her husband Paul of Shrewsbury. Devoted grandfather of Brandon and Megan Nazar and Brian Healy. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 10th at Noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Friday 5-7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. At the family's request in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ed's name to National Stroke Association, 9707 Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112 or to the Woburn Historical Society, PO Box 91, Woburn, MA 01801. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Edward M. Leen Jr. died at home with hospice care on Tuesday February 6, 2018 surrounded by his family, due to complications from a stroke. He was the son of the late Grace C. and Edward M Leen. Born and raised in Woburn, he was a graduate St. Charles School, Keith Academy, St. Anselm College and Salem State graduate school.

Mr. Leen was a retired longtime Woburn Public Schools educator. He was the devoted husband of Marie for forty -eight years, father of Betsy(Chris) Nazar and Tricia (Paul) Healy; proud and loving grandfather of Brandon and Megan Nazar and Brian Healy.

Ed considered it an honor to serve for twenty- five years on the Woburn Municipal Credit Union Board of Directors in various roles and particularly enjoyed volunteering on the scholarship committee. He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 908 and was an annual essay contest judge. He was a member of the Friends of the Woburn Library, as well as the Woburn Historical Society. As a native Woburnite he took pride in the city’s history.

He served his country in the National Guard and his city as an auxiliary firefighter. Ed’s life-long interest in the firefighting profession extended to the York Beach Maine fire department, which he visited often. Ed enjoyed his summer home in York Beach Maine for many years. In his retirement, Ed traveled with Marie to San Francisco, the Grand Canyon, and Williamsburg Virginia. Ed especially enjoyed his twenty trips to Ireland where he relished the challenge of driving on the winding country roads. In Paris, he left the challenge of speaking French to his wife Marie, a retired French teacher.

Eddie savored the everyday moments, including starting his day with reading the Boston Globe, walks in Woburn and on Long Sands Beach in York, time spent with his grandchildren, and even yard work. Late afternoon found him reading the Woburn Daily Times. To honor Ed’s spirit, in his words, remember “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “make the most of everyday.”

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Friday February 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street Woburn. On Saturday, February 10th, at 12 noon, a funeral service will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ed’s name to the National Stroke Association,9707 Easter Lane, Suite B , Centennial, CO 80112 or to the Woburn Historical Society, PO Box 91, Woburn MA 01801.