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Philip Lennon Sr.


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Philip J. Lennon, Sr.

1932 - 2015 DALTON Philip J. Lennon, Sr., 83, died Saturday, June 20, 2015 at home. Born in Pittsfield on April 19, 1932 son of the late William F. and Mary E. Cook Lennon. He was raised in Dalton where he spent much of his youth at Pinegrove Park and became a Park Counselor during the summers. He attended Dalton schools and was a 1950 graduate of the former Dalton High School where he lettered in four sports; football, basketball, baseball and track. After graduation he played baseball for the Dalton Esso's who played in a National Tournament and went to the finals in Dayton, Ohio. He was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1951. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Philip was a 1959 graduate of UMass Amherst with a bachelor's degree in Education. While at UMass he met and married the love of his life, the former Bette McCormick. He went on to receive his Master's Degree in Education from the former North Adams State Teachers College. He began his career in 1959 as a Physical Education teacher at Craneville and Center Schools in Dalton. He went on to teach both Math and Science at the former Dalton Junior High and became the Assistant Principal in 1968, retiring in 1994 after 35 years. While at Nessacus Middle School, he began the Outdoor Club along with fellow teacher, Fran Majchrowski, and both of their fathers. During his retirement years he enjoyed travelling with his wife, they went on cruises, to Las Vegas and to see the Grand Canyon. For their 55th wedding anniversary they went to Ireland along with their son and daughter-in-law, PJ and Lauren. He was a communicant of St. Agnes Church, a member of the Massachusetts State Teachers Assn and the Massachusetts School Administrators Assn. He was also a member of the Benjamin F. Sullivan American Legion Post #155 where he was the head of Boy's State for many years and active in the Honor Guard. He enjoyed hunting and fishing for many years with his father and sons. He was a baseball coach in town, coaching both Little League and American Legion baseball teams and was inducted into the Dalton Sports Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed candlepin bowling and golfing. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and the Boston Red Sox. He leaves his wife, the former Florence E. (Bette) McCormick whom he married on August 30, 1958 at St. Mary's Church in Turners Falls, MA. Three sons, Thomas M. (Lynne) Lennon of Dalton, Philip J. (Lauren) Lennon, Jr. of South Buffalo, NY and James F. (Aimee) Lennon of Dalton. Two daughters: Tracy L. (Kevin) Richard and Mary Beth (John) Curro both of Dalton. 11 grandchildren: Andrew (Kristin), Jennifer (Greg), Matthew (Crystal), Brittany (Sean), Thomas, Jr., Kristin (Michael), Katelyn, Meghan, Craig, Timothy and Keegan, five step-grandchildren, Nicole, Stacey, Kore, Rachael and Jeremy, five great-grandchildren: Alexandra, Rylie, Jarrod, Michael and Tyler. Sister-in-law, Joan Lennon of Pittsfield, brothers-in-law, Harold McCormick of Greenfield and Donald McCormick of Worcester and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, William F. Lennon, Jr., a grandson, Patrick Curro and a great-grandson, Mason Smith. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2015 with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Saint Agnes Church, celebrated by the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, pastor. Burial with military honors will follow at Ashuelot Cemetery. Calling hours at DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dalton will be Tuesday from 4 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory may be made to St. Agnes Church, or Hospice Care of the Berkshires in care of the Dery-Foley Funeral Home 890 East Main St. Dalton, Ma. 01226
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 22, 2015
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