Alan was born on May 29, 1943 in Somerville, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Alban and Marie (Shaw) Landry. Alan grew up in Stoneham and was a graduate of Medford Trade School with a wealth of knowledge in mechanics.
Alan married “his sweetheart and best friend” Rebecca Lampesis on April 11, 1970; sharing more than 45 great years together. The couple lived in Melrose for many years where they raised their wonderful daughter Heather; she was definitely the apple of her father’s eye. Alan and Becky moved to Wilmington in 1988; Alan quickly became involved in the community and made countless new friends.
Alan’s family was always his first priority; he showered them with unconditional love and affection. Alan was always “very special” to his family, he was known to be very smart and strong on the outside while being tender and loving on the inside; he was definitely a “big teddy bear” at heart. When Alan became “Grampy” to Madelyn and Grace his world took on new meaning; Alan was like a big kid where they were concerned, he was always very playful and they fondly called him the “tickle monster”, he just adored those girls.
Prior to retiring, Alan worked as a mechanic for the United States Postal Service – South Postal Annex in South Boston for more than 38 years. Alan’s work ethic and unending knowledge in his field made him a great asset to the company; there wasn’t an engine that he couldn’t take apart and make better. Alan’s efforts did not go unnoticed and he was awarded the Superior Achievement Award for his tireless work throughout the years.
Alan was known to be very health conscious throughout his entire life; he was a member of the Boston Sports Club and was an avid weight lifter. Alan held a brown belt in Karate and enjoyed practicing Krav Maga to strengthen his mind as well as his body; he was known to be a huge fan of Bruce Lee.
In his spare time, Alan enjoyed racing his Honda motorcycle, tinkering with cars and engines, listening to some favorite music, Eric Clapton, the doors, and jazz to name a few, frequenting his favorite restaurants with family and friends, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Alan spent countless hours at the Wilmington Public Library, reading, researching, teaching lawn mower classes, and helping out wherever he was needed. Alan and Becky also loved to travel; over the years they took many memorable trips to Italy, Greece, and Canada, they always had a great time wherever they went.
Alan will be fondly remembered as a very “spiritual person”, very Zen and peaceful. He was always a giver of his time and talents to help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. Alan was truly loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Alan was the beloved husband of Rebecca (Lampesis) Landry, devoted father of Heather Spinetti & her husband William of Ipswich, loving “Grampy” of Madelyn and Grace Spinetti, cherished son of the late Alban and Marie (Shaw) Landry, dear brother of Drew Landry & his wife Carol of Keene, NH and Ann Petersen & her late husband Jack of Bedford, NH, brother-in-law Melinda Lampesis of Dover, NH, special uncle of Christiane Landry, Corinne & Mark Santos and their children Emma & Jack, John & Maryellen Petersen, Karen & Mike Taylor and their children David & Danielle, Chris & Jane Petersen and their children Benjamin & Madelyn, and Laura & Jeff Rogers. Alan is also survived by many wonderful cousins and friends.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 19th from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. followed by a time of sharing and a eulogy to be read by Alan’s brother Drew at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Alan’s memory may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006.