Edward M. Leen, Jr.

February 6, 2018

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.


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.


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  1. So sorry for your loss. He was a special teacher, but more importantly a special person. He started as my homeroom and science teacher, but became a family friend and a teacher to my children. Thank you for sharing him with generations of Woburn students.
    Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie

  2. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I remember him from the Kennedy Middle School and later as one of my neighbors. I found out later that he also vacationed at York Beach like my family did in the summertime but we never ran into each other. He had a great sense of humor and was always joking and kidding around with the kids on their way to class. He loved spending time in his yard or doing handyman work on his house in later years I noticed when driving by. Deepest condolences from the Olson family.

  3. Dear Marie: So sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Kathy O’Doherty

  4. To the man I have had the pleasure of meeting and helping on 3 occasions now, I will truly miss our visits. From your gentle smile and thank you after my visits always made me feel appreciated. Thank you.
    Nanci Robinson, Home health aide from Lahey Health at Home/VNA Hospice

  5. We always enjoyed visiting with Ed when he stopped in at the York Beach Fire station. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  6. I remember Mr leen as a teacher as well. I never had him but he was very well liked.
    Donna Frost.

    Rest in peace Mr leen

  7. I, too, remember Mr. Leen as a wonderful teacher. I wish I had something specific to say, but he was just someone I truly liked when I was a kid so many years ago. Rest in peace Mr. Leen.

  8. Mr Leen was my favorite teacher ever!! I will always remember the time he took to tutor me at my home because of a serious injury to my leg. I’m forever grateful!! May he Rest In Peace …

  9. Mr. Leen was one of my absolute favorite teachers. To this day, I use Roy G. Biv for color selection and have taught it to my kids. I’m sad to hear this. He is fondly remembered.

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