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Alan A. Landry

February 17th, 2015

Alan A. Landry, age 71, of Wilmington, died peacefully at the Massachusetts General Hospital on February 15, 2015, with his loving family at his side.

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.

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12 Entries in Guest Book for “Alan A. Landry”

  1. Georgia Bonney says:

    We only knew Alan briefly last year but he welcomed us with love and a natural warmth. We felt as if we knew him forever. May his memory be eternal and may Becky and the family be comforted with the love of God.

    Cousins Jim and Georgia

  2. Sheila Carter says:

    Dear Becky & Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Alan was always such a nice man whenever he came into the office. He always had something nice to say. He will truly be miss by all who knew him.
    Sheila Carter
    Dr. Lim’s Office

  3. Lindsay Vose says:

    Becky, Heather and Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I am grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know him over the past few years. He was a great man, and he will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Lindsay

  4. Carole Sofronas Paquette says:

    Darling Becky, Heather and family,
    We only met Al once, back in 1978, yet we still remember him as a fun and nice guy with a genuine warm personality. A long time ago, but a wonderfully strong and good memory. He will be with us always.
    Love, Carole and Peter Paquette

  5. Barbara says:

    Dear Becky & family,

    Words cannot express my sadness. I will miss Alan’s wonderful sense of humor, his smile and definitely his laugh. It was very contagious!! He will be missed! Your and your family are in my prayers.

    Barbara
    Mossmann Family Dental, P.C.

  6. John O'Dea says:

    So very sorry to hear about Alan’s passing. I will miss our chats that we had in the store about his old truck and the lessons that he would give me on how to fix the snowblower. I always enjoyed seeing his pride while he would tell me about his weight lifting goals that he would achieve in the gym.
    With deepest sympathy,
    John O’Dea, Market Basket

  7. Hank Ypsilantis says:

    My ‘hurt’ is that I missed out on so much,…I only got to meet and know Alan recently and for such a very short time,…. even though he was family. He was so very genuine, smart and down to earth it was a joy to be with him. I enjoyed so very much our one-on-one chat on the front porch of the Lempesis homestead during the family reunion last fall in Dover-Rollingsford. Georgia and I will forever treasure our time together with Alan when, with pizzas in hand, he came to visit us at our home.

  8. Cathy Surack says:

    My Pal Al, too soon gone. I will miss you. Love to all.

  9. Laura Rogers says:

    I love you so very much Uncle Al, so much more than mere human words could describe. I will miss you and will love you always. You were a treasure, a rare one of a kind. Love from your niece, Laura

  10. Christine & David says:

    Sending our love, thinking of all of you! Much love Becky, Heather & family. Al was so genuine, he is in our hearts as we recall fond memories of times spent together. Love you all.

  11. George Alger says:

    As a wide eyed young teen I will never forget Big Al (Head to some) crusin
    down Main Street Stoneham and into Carrolls Hamburgers with a brand new
    Chevy SS Nova only to open the hood so all could stare at that beautiful
    machine…was he so ever proud. One of the big kids to me even before I met
    Drew. He was truly a gentleman and to use a cliché – they broke the mold.
    Rest in peace Big Al.
    George Alger
    Ipswich,MA.

  12. Stephen A. Shedden says:

    I first met Al in 1994 at the Postal Service in Boston where we both worked as MPE mechanics. I liked Al right from the beginning. Somehow I knew that this man was special. He had a calm demeanor, a natural smile and a warmth about him you could not ignore. We worked on many projects together and spent hours talking about anything and everything. Over the years and even after Al retired, we chatted all the time. Al was wise beyond this world and because Al was in my life I started adopting many many phrases he said all the time. One most memorial phrase was “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. And that phrase was how I saw and understood my friend.
    On another level Al was always intriqued by Zen like thinking and the book by “Sun Tzu”, “The Art of War” written well over 2,000 years ago. Al gave me a copy which I cherish as it applies to everyday life.
    I remember a time not long ago when Becky took the kayak out for a paddle and after about an hour, Al started to get concerned, so we went to locate her. Unfortunately after circling the island once and no Becky, the look on his face said everything about how much he loved Becky, his wife. Thankfully the second circling found Becky paddling like crazy and Al was so relieved she was alright. Becky paddled around the island and had gone about 7 miles.
    Al and I collabrated on many endeavors and when the day was done, it was always a pleasure to have that opportunity to work with him. I can’t sum up 21 years of friendhip here, but I will say the most important thing Al ever said to me was “When a person dies, a library burns down”. We are all mortal and only here on earth for a short visit and from Al I sum it up this way……
    To get to know Al was a privilege and from now till my own demise, Al will live on in my memory and for those of you who got to know him, in yours. So Al, I say to you, my friend, your library will live on in the hearts and minds you touched forever!

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