Obituaries

Leonard J. Chase

December 18th, 2016

Leonard J. Chase “Lenny”, age 74, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on December 17, 2016, at the Winchester Hospital.

Lenny was born on January 15, 1942 in Melrose, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Clarence and Ella Chase. Lenny grew up in Malden and attended Malden Public Schools.

Lenny enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam War and began active duty service on March 10, 1959. Following a tour of duty overseas, Lenny returned to the United States and was honorably discharged from active service on March 8, 1963; he was transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard Reserves and continued to serve the country until 1965.

Lenny married the “love of his life” and his best friend Rose Polvere on June 15, 1963. The couple moved to Wilmington in 1967 where they made a wonderful home. Lenny and Rose loved to entertain their family and friends, they had an open-door policy and all were welcomed into their home.

At the time of his death, Lenny was employed as a Supervisor for the Dept. of Public Safety Elevator Division Local 888 and was an elevator inspector for the State of Massachusetts. Lenny was also a retired member of the IUEC Local #4 in Boston. Lenny’s vast knowledge of the elevator industry, his hard work ethic, and his personality made him a favorite among his co-workers.

Lenny was also quite an entrepreneur; he had several business ventures of his own including “Sir Lines A Lot” his parking lot striping business. Lenny employed many young folks throughout the years; he was always willing to help someone out and give them a hand getting on their feet.

In his spare time, Lenny enjoyed traveling with Rose, going to Foxwoods, Mohegan, and their yearly trips to Las Vegas. Lenny and Rose were preparing for retirement and bought an RV; they were looking forward to traveling across the United States, seeing new places, and meeting new people. Lenny was a “Big” Patriots fan; he looked forward to watching his home team win.

Lenny was best known for his sense of humor and he loved to make people laugh. Lenny always enjoyed telling a good joke and getting away with a good prank; he had an endearing and charismatic personality and people were drawn to him. Lenny made friends wherever he went, he made everyone feel welcomed and loved.

Lenny will be fondly remembered for his unconditional love and devotion to his family, extended family, and his many friends. He was truly “one of a kind” and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lenny was the beloved husband of Rose M. (Polvere) Chase. Cherished son of the late Clarence and Ella (Bates) Chase, dear brother of Carol Rooney & her husband Richard of Davenport, FL, the late Merton Chase, Russell Chase, and Roberta Crowton. Step-brother of James & Gloria Coyne of Everett. Brother-in-law of Arthur Crowton of Davenport, FL. Lenny is also survived by many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Lenny’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 625 Main St., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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20 Entries in Guest Book for “Leonard J. Chase”

  1. Nancy Curran Willis says:

    Dear Rose,
    I was devastated by the news of Lenny’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. What I know for sure is that Gladys was waiting at the gate for him with open arms and love. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Love,
    Nancy

  2. Linda Talbot says:

    Rose,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Even though it’s been many years since I lived in Mass. I still remember our fun times and even then Lenny was always smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love always,
    Linda Talbot

  3. Rick Sturtevant says:

    Auntie Rose, He may be gone now but he will never be forgotten. We will all miss his wise cracks and the great person that he was. Lenny left his mark on everyone of us. I will cherish all the memories I have of him. Never a dull moment when Lenny was there. Lenny I love you and I will see again someday. Rest in peace uncle

  4. Sandy Russo says:

    Rose – We all have such wonderful memories of Lenny. If you knew him, you loved him. If you knew him, you have memories. So many of our relatives have gone before him, and now they are all having one hell of a card game. We all love you Rose and we are all here for you.
    Rest in Peace Lenny – You will be greatly missed.

  5. Jen Sturtevant says:

    Auntie Rose,
    There are no words that could adequately describe the kind of man Uncle Lenny was and will forever be in our minds and hearts. The jokes, stories, and antics he would get into would leave us all in tears of laughter! He truly is one of a kind. Now him and my mom can cause antics together and I think if we listen carefully enough, we’ll even hear them laughing :) So much love to you and to Uncle Lenny, we’ll miss you.

  6. John Nelson says:

    Lenny was my buddy and I will miss him severely. He was a great person and boss. I’ll miss our weekly lunch dates with Pam. He was very generous and funny. He left way too soon.

  7. Jack & Barbara McCormick (Moneypenny) says:

    Dear Rose, We were very saddened to hear of Lenny’s passing. May the memories you have of him comfort you during this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with and your family.
    He was a wonderful person and would always entertain you with a joke or a story.

  8. Pam Hodge says:

    I am so lucky to have had a friend like Lenny. There are no words I can express to emphasize how kind and generous and caring he was. I will miss him everyday. He was and always will be my forever 2nd best friend.

  9. Val scanlon says:

    I am saying goodbye to one of the nicest human beings I have ever met. My thoughts are with Rose and his extended family. Linda and George will voice my condolences. Farewell my friend.

  10. Gene Piermattei says:

    Lenny was a great guy and will be missed by all of us who worked with him at the Department of Public Safety. All I can say is, follow your dreams and do not worry about tomorrow.

  11. Rachel Murphy says:

    Rose I’m so sorry for your loss .He was amazing man .He will be miss .

  12. Thomas Silk says:

    Dear Rose, I still can’t believe Lenny has left us…..not only was he my boss…the best boss anyone could ask for….more importantly he was my friend, and I am crying as I write this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  13. Alice Moneypenny Tate says:

    Rose,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Lenny always made me smile, he was quite a guy! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Maybe Lenny & Dan will meet up in heaven, sending love and hugs to you!

  14. nancy petro says:

    Rose, My husband and I are so lucky to have gotten to know Lenny over the past ten years. He was the nicest of men. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. JULIE LEMIRE says:

    Rose,

    I cant imagine what you are going through. I remember going to your anniversary party and saying to Jim, “I hope we are always as happy as they are together”.
    Lenny was so kind. He was a mentor to Jim and we will forever remember his funny and fabulous outlook on life.
    If you need anything we are always here for you.

  16. Bob Gage says:

    Rose,my sincere condolences to you and your family.We have all shared our moments with Lenny,and he never failed to bring a smile to our faces. You have great memories to keep forever.
    I always enjoyed him being Dr Chang at our reunions,and giving out sound medical advice.
    Stay strong, Bob

  17. Audrey & Thomas Hesth says:

    One would think, attending a funeral today would be extra, extra somber. I haven’t laughed so much in months, and never so hard during a eulogy. The memories and recollections shared, had everyone in stitches, and yearning for more memories. I think any sadness in the room was when the eulogy ended. This truly speaks volumes of the greatness of this dear man. The laughs were plentiful, the smiles were ear to ear, and the tears were of joy, until the bugle anyway. ???? RIP Len, thank you for the endowment in our lives , of being positive, optimistic, kind, caring, and happy. From what I learned today, no one ever walked away from you – not smiling. ????

  18. Audrey & Thomas Heath says:

    One would think, attending a funeral today would be extra, extra somber. I haven’t laughed so much in months, and never so hard during a eulogy. The memories and recollections shared, had everyone in stitches, and yearning for more memories. I think any sadness in the room was when the eulogy ended. This truly speaks volumes of the greatness of this dear man. The laughs were plentiful, the smiles were ear to ear, and the tears were of joy, until the bugle anyway. RIP Len, thank you for the endowment in our lives , of being positive, optimistic, kind, caring, and happy. From what I learned today, no one ever walked away from you – not smiling.

  19. Rush family says:

    Deepest sympathy for your loss..
    John rush Jr. And family

  20. Elaine Robichaud says:

    Rose I am so very sorry to hear of Lenny’s passing. He may be in a better place but I feel so sorry for you. You have to live with the huge empty space he has left. He was definitely the best of the Chase brothers. Although we have not spent much time together for many years I feel a terrible sadness. Sorry I could not make the funeral. We are in Florida. I will never forget what Lenny did for me at Michael’s funeral. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.

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