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LENKAITIS, Dr. William Edward 70, died peacefully on August 27, 2016 after an 18 month battle with Brain Cancer. Bill was born in Strongsville, OH on June 30, 1946 to the late Lewis and Myrtle Lenkaitis. He attended Penn State University where he was the Captain of the 1967 Penn State Football Team and a member of the Fiji Phi Delta Fraternity. Bill was a second round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1968 where he played his first 3 seasons before being picked up by the New England Patriots where he completed the last 11 years of his 14 year NFL career. During his NFL off-seasons he earned his dental degree from the University of Tennessee and became the Patriots team dentist while still an active member of the team. Following his retirement after the 1981 season Bill continued his second career as a dentist and managed his own dental practice in Foxboro, MA for 40 years. He is survived by his Wife of 44 years, Donna; Children and their spouses, Jamie and Krissy Lenkaitis of Charlotte, NC, Sean and Kristen Thompson of Canton, MA, Ed and Lauren Raffoni of Westwood, MA; Grandchildren, Jackson and Addison Lenkaitis, Gavin and Ryan Thompson, Eric and Julia Raffoni; Brother and Sister-In-Law, Lew and Peggy Lenkaitis of Cleveland, OH. Visiting hours at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington St., CANTON, Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Gerard Majella Church Canton, Thursday morning at 10. Burial private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115. For guestbook see


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Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 28, 2016
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