Leonard W. Whaley

October 23, 2002

Whaley, Leonard W. – in Woburn, formerly of Cambridge, October 23rd, beloved husband of Barbara M. (Breakey) Whaley, and the late Elanora (Young) Whaley. Devoted father of Jacqueline Fairley and her husband Chuck of New Windsor, NY, and stepfather of James McCorison of WA and Douglas McCorison of Canada. Brother of the late Russell, Charlotte, and Doris. Also survived by two nieces, Joan Jones of CT and Pema Whaley of Hawaii. A memorial service will be celebrated in Christ Church Cambridge, Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, on Monday, October 28th, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.

Leonard W. Whaley of Woburn, formerly of Cambridge, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 23rd. The beloved husband of Barbara M. (Breakey)Whaley, and the late Elanora (Young )Whaley, he was ninety two years of age.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Arthur and Florence Whaley. He was raised and educated in Cambridge and was a graduate of Rindge and Latin High School in 1928 where he was an accomplished track star. Lenny as he was known to his family and friends, always possessed great initiative and was a self-motivated worker. As a young man, he worked as a luggage handler for the major hotels in Cambridge and Boston, an underwater welder at the Navy Shipyard and he eventually secured a position at MIT where he managed and supervised the dormitory housing. He retired from MIT at the age of sixty-five.

Lenny enjoyed working with his hands as he loved electronics and carpentry. He was an avid tennis player and instructor at the Belmont Hills Tennis Club and continued to play tennis up until three years ago. He also belonged to a square dance club and the “50 Plus” organization in North Cambridge.

Lenny was predeceased by his first wife, Elanora (Youg) Whaley, his brother Russell and his sisters Charlotte and Doris.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Breakey) Whaley of Woburn, his daughter Jacqueline Fairley and her husband Chuck of New Windsor, NY, his stepsons, James McCorison of WA,and Douglas McCorison of Canada and his nieces, Joan Jones of Windsor,CT and Payma Whaley of Hawaii. A memorial service will be celebrated in Christ Church Cambridge, Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, on Monday, October 28th, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Donations may be made in Lenny’s memory to the United Negro College Fund,PO Box 10444, Fairfax, VA 22031-8044, the Transition House (Shelter for Batterred Women) 649 Mass Ave., Suite 6, Cambridge, MA 02139 or the ASPCA, 424 E.92nd Street, New York NY 10128.

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  1. Dear Len, You embodied the spirit of the John Donne sermon, “I am involved in mankind”. Through your many activities your circle of friends grew to encompass the world, but remained firmly centered around the decades you lived in Cambridge. The chapter you and your wife Barbara contributed to the book “In Our Own Words: Stories of North Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1900-1966” (ISBN 0-9620072-1-8). Your garden. Your love of Lucky and Billy (who misses you), and the pets you had before them. Your love of sports, especially tennis. Your years of service to the community, especially the assistance with voter registration. We miss you.

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