Pittsfield – John D. Lenaerts, 82, of Clough road, died Monday, May 20, at Pleasant View Retirement in Concord.
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Born in Croydon-Surry, England, in 1930, and orphaned at age 2, he came to Philadelphia to live with his sister, Sylvia, and her family in 1947.
A stint in the U.S. Air Force Signal Corp during the Korean conflict enabled him to attend Penn State University on the GI Bill, graduating with an engineering degree. He moved to New York City and worked for the New York State Department of Transportation. He met his wife Marion in September 1958 and they were married on Valentine's Day 1959. They lived with their two children David and Victoria in Melville, N.Y., for 25 years. A camping trip led them to Glen & Glades Camp Ground in Pittsfield, where they spent many happy times. Following his retirement in 1985, the couple moved to a house and barn in Pittsfield, where John spent many happy hours converting the barn into a magnificent home. He served on the Pittsfield Planning Board and as a selectman, and he was responsible for the beautiful hanging flower baskets on Pittsfield's Main Street. He is survived by his wife, Marion, his son David and partner, Andrea, and daughter Victoria. Three granddaughters, Ursula, Brianna and Kyla. Two great-grandchildren Kamden and Kaleb.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. The Rev. David Stasiak, pastor, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to "The Pittsfield Flower Fund" c/o Donna Keeley,256 True Road, Pittsfield, N.H., 03263.
Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on May 28, 2013