NORTHAMPTON – George Lehan, 92, of 56 Maple St, Florence, died peacefully on Dec. 9, 2012.
Born March 6, 1920, in Amherst, the son of the late James and Mary (Kelly) Lehan.
He graduated from Amherst High School. He attended the Culinary Art School in New Haven, Conn. and the Boston Cooking School. He served as head baker for 20 years at Valentine Hall Dining Commons at Amherst College. He was a chef at Smith College for several years before retiring in 1987.
He was a communicant of the former Sacred Heart Church in Northampton. He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge
#997, the Florence Business and Civic Association, the Northampton Saint Patrick's Association and the Senior Class at Baystate Medical Center. George was an avid dancer and along with his wife Gwen, performed with the Heritage Pops Orchestra, the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Follies and danced for many years for the Lathrop Home. They received several trophies for performing at the Chicopee Elks for National Ballroom Week.
In later years his favorite Orchestra was Eddie Foreman, along with his wife Carol and the wonderful members of the band. Not only were they super talented, they were such great friends.
Besides his dancing, his greatest joy was getting together with all his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his ever present smile and his kindness towards everyone and of course for his great dancing.
The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Henry Simkin, Angela Boyle F.N.T., Father Merle Lavoie and all the management and staff at Linda Manor for their compassion, love and excellent care.
He leaves his loving wife, Gwendolyn (Frew) Lehan; his two devoted daughters, Darlene Spitzer of Worthington and Deborah Wise of Portland, Ore.; his adored seven grandchildren, Stacy, Christopher, Hillary, Tina, Erick, Lindsey, and Betsey; 10 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Abigail, Stephanie, Brandon, Cole, Jackson, Jeremy, Miles, Abbe and Emma; two great-great-grandchildren, Ben and Henry; also, several nieces and nephews and many close friends.
He was predeceased by five brothers and a sister.
It was George's wish that all services be private. Pease and Gay Funeral Service of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Shriner's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the Linda Manor Activity Fund, 349 Haydenville Rd., Leeds, MA 01053.
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