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Verton William Lenfest Jr.

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NORTH CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Verton William Lenfest, Jr., 83, of North Chelmsford, Mass., and a former resident of Meriden, Conn., returned to the arms of his beloved wife on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. He was married to the absolute love of his life Elizabeth "Betsy" (McNamara) Lenfest for 54 years before she predecease him on April 25, 2009. The son of the late Verton W. Lenfest, Sr., and Viola (Hodsdon) Lenfest, he was a graduate of Brewer (Maine) High School with the class of 1947 and was an active alumnus at Central Connecticut State University where he earned a bachelor's in 1961. Upon moving to Chelmsford, Mass., in 1973, he founded, owned and operated The Lenfest Insurance Agency and Family Reality with his dear Betsy until his retirement. He was a member of the Chelmsford Congregational Church of North Chelmsford. He was a past member of the Chelmsford Lion's Club and an active member of the Republican Town Committee. He is undoubtedly continuing to convert all he meets by telling each one "Vote Republican". He was a voracious reader of history, a poet, entering several local Poetry Slams. One of his favorite non-award winning short poems was "The Procrastinating Parachutist…THUD!" He was also an avid writer, co-writing with his brother Rod "The Royal Highway" a manual for financial and marital success. In addition, the Letters to the Editor section of the Lowell Sun will be markedly thinner with his passing.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Candice and Thomas Mack, of Meriden; brother, Rodney Lenfest, of Vancouver, B.C.; sister, Althea Edwards, of North Carolina; three grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan and Rebecca Mack, Kimberly and Scott Doerfler, Tomisyn and Chad Sylvester; six great-grandchildren, Thomas Doerfler, Carrigan Mack, Victoria Doerfler, Brayden Mack, Jacob Sylvester, Jack Sylvester; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Merle Lenfest, of Texas who died in 2009. His gifts of short stories, poems, letters and cards, eloquently penned with a calligrapher's flair will be a true loss for so many friends, neighbors and family members. He was a rare man of such substance, brilliance, creativity, generosity. A Yankee CAN DO optimist and realist. Barriers and obstacles never existed. What others perceived as a challenge he viewed as playground to outwit, out sweat, out think, out debate and out laugh it into submission.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church of North Chelmsford, 15 Princeton St., North Chelmsford, MA. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made in his name to the Congregational Church of North Chelmsford or to the Central Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc., Box 612, New Britain, CT 06050-0612, Contribution should be directed to the Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home 978-251-4041. Guestbook
Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 16, 2012
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