Obituary for Leonard A. LeClerc
This can be no ordinary obituary, since our brother, Leonard Aubert LeClerc, was exceptional. He died unexpectedly on 29 May 2015. He was born in Lowell, Mass. on January 31, 1948, son of the late Paul and Beatrice (Aubert) LeClerc. Lenny was the youngest of his siblings. We were all fond of saying, "Mummy loved you best." And Lenny was fond of saying, "I'm the best-looking." That was his gift: he was sunshine and laughter. It didn't matter if you met him once – in the market, or the post office, he left you with a smile on your face. He could step into a crowd of strangers and leave them as friends.
Len attended Emerson College before graduating from Suffolk University. Right after college he went to Denmark and taught sailing at a boys' summer camp. From there, one of the boy's parents asked Lenny to follow them to Tokyo, Japan for the year as their children's private tutor. He loved their life style; the family had a maid, cook, and driver. We also found a file he kept of commendations he received but never shared while working for the airlines. His goal was to make people happy. His colleagues and frequent passengers loved flying with Len.
After he retired from the airlines, he worked as a full-time substitute teacher in the Stratham/Exeter school system. He was respected by his co-workers and beloved by the students for his gift of humor and his fabulous smile.
Lenny was an artist. His talent was interior design, of his own home, and everyone else whose house he visited. He was a philosopher. He would have deep conversations about life and love.
He also was a poet; we found poems he wrote but never shared.
He travelled the world and, vacationed in so many beautiful places. His good friend Mary Lee Harrington, a friend of 41 years, recalled one of their special trips together - especially a windjammer cruise in the Caribbean. He traveled to Egypt, Greece, Tel Aviv and so many other countries. A year and a half ago his life was saved by his friend of 41 years, Robert (Bobby) Nessar. Bobby was a friend and another brother to Len. It was appropriate that for three days after our brother died, there was no sunshine.
He will be sorely missed by his sister, Brenda LeClerc, and her wife, Laurel Seneca, his brother, Ronald, and his wife, Geraldyne, his nephew, Ronald and his wife Jennifer of Washington, D.C., and his niece Renee Easton and her husband Erik of California. He will also be missed by a multitude of family and friends who loved him. Private services will be held for family and friends at a later date. Lenny will be scattered in his favorite places along the ocean and at Saint Joseph's Cemetery, in Chelmsford, Mass. He will be the fourth generation interred there.
His cardiologist, Dr. Alice Passer said it best: "Lenny lived the life he chose." Len lived a life that was happy, carefree, and loving.
A Memorial Guestbook can be found at the website of the Brewitt Funeral Home, in Exeter, New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to: Magical Moon Foundation (magicalmoon.org), for children with cancer, 575 Sumner St. Marshfield, MA 02050, or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, Virginia 22311.
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