Chisholm, Leland

March 7th, 2010

chisholm, leland

Leland Baker Chisholm Jr. of Wilmington, MA died March 7, 2010 after a valiant fight with Parkinson’s disease.

Born November 5, 1931 he was the son of Leland Baker Chisholm and Carrie Langille Chisholm of Malden, MA.

Lee was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts majoring in Landscape Architecture. He was captain of the cross country, track and ski teams and a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at UMASS.

Working as a planner for the Capital Regional Planning Agency in Hartford, CT he was hired by the Town of Farmington, CT to prepare a Comprehensive Plan. He later became Town Planner of Farmington. As the Town Planner he was responsible for establishing and naming the town’s recreational site, Tunxis Mead, in addition conducting the site planning for Winding Trails. He left town planning to open his own business as a planning consultant.

Always interested in sports, Lee was active in coaching Cross Country for Farmington High School. The boys’ teams won four straight championships in a row 1971-1974 and, in 1973, he started a girls team. In 1971, he was awarded State Coach of the Year by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

In his retirement he enjoyed birding, canoeing, running and hiking as well as splitting wood and bee keeping. He also volunteered many weeks each tax season preparing tax returns for senior citizens.

He leaves his daughter, Colonel Lisa P. Chisholm, and son-in-law, Mike Romeo, of Virginia Beach, VA; son, Christopher M. Chisholm, daughter-in-law, Kristin L. Chisholm, and grandchildren, Nicholas, Jason and Matthew Chisholm, all of Farmington. He also leaves a sister, Carilee Chisholm Miller, and brother-in-law, Charles Miller, of Georgetown, MA and his long-time companion and friend, Caroline Lloyd.

A memorial service will be held in Wilmington, MA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leland’s name may be made to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


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