BOMOSEEN - Lennox Eadie Lumsden Jr., 86, died peacefully at home in Bomoseen on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, while holding the hand of his wife of sixty years, Margaret Dickie Lumsden.
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Len was the consummate family man, who passed on his love of nature, sports, animals, history and travel to their daughters, Laurie Kamuda of Bomoseen, Vt., and Linda Lumsden of Tucson, Ariz. He was a shy man of iron integrity who will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, and sense of humor.
Born on December 23, 1926, Len graduated in 1944 from Buckeley High School in Hartford, Conn., where the star athlete was quarterback of the football team. He served as a Radarman Third Class in the U.S. Navy in China from 1944 to 1946. After his discharge, he worked in Alaska as a bush pilot. He enjoyed reminiscing about adventures flying his Cessna in blizzards, encounters with moose, and playing AAA baseball in Anchorage.
After Len and Margaret married on February 7, 1953, they lived in Enfield, Conn., for the next quarter century. He was a salesman for the Royal Typewriter Company and for several years headed his own office supplies firm, MASCO. He also volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol and as a Little League coach.
Len loved children. A highlight of every summer in the Lumsdens' Longview Road neighborhood was the backyard play or musical revue that he produced featuring neighborhood children. In an era before girls were supposed to play sports, he taught Linda and Laurie how to catch a baseball and toss a football. They first skied standing behind him on his skis, clinging to his legs. He took his girls camping across the East, often with next-door neighbor Georgann Roche, who was like a daughter to him.
Other survivors include four grandchildren: Brian Kamuda of Apopka, Fla.; Jeff Kamuda of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Jessalee Landfried of Durham, N.C., and Samuel Landfried of Incheon, South Korea. Other survivors include two sisters, Patricia Walker of Bloomfield, Conn., and Virginia Spring of Grants Pass, Ore.; his son-in-law and friend, Joe Kamuda of Bomoseen, Vt.; his godson and nephew, Stephen Walker of Deering, N.H.; and two nieces and four other nephews.
Len was happiest surrounded by his giggling grandchildren or playing catch with them, reading them books, giving them bronco rides as "Dynamite Red," building cardboard bobsled runs, or decorating the "Haunted Garage" for Halloween. He also was an enthusiastic spectator at countless baseball, soccer and basketball games; gymnastic lessons and Nordic ski races. He shared with his grandchildren his passion for the Boston Red Sox, aviation, Revolutionary War history, dogs, and mountains.
After he and Margaret moved to Rutland, Vt., in 1989, he began a new career as a guide at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site. He helped retrace the historical Crown Point Road and was a member of the Pittsford Historical Society. He created and organized the annual Christmas dessert party at the Village Manor senior citizens home in Pittsford and volunteered at the Rutland County Humane Society. He also worked part-time at Kamuda's Market in Pittsford and was a member of the Pittsford Congregational Church.
A memorial service will be held at the church in May on a date and time to be announced. His ashes will be interred at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763, or the Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.
Published in Rutland Herald on Apr. 19, 2013