John P. Lennon
- September 1, 1931 - July 16, 2012
- Waltham, Massachusetts
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“Thinking of you today, Lenny. I thank you for everything.
1 of 67 | Posted by: Lynn - MA - Student
“A Month's Mind for a Great Man...Just by all the memories written down here in this Memory Book shows what an impact that Jack had on Humankind.
...Read More »
2 of 67 | Posted by: Steve's Clan - MA
“I am sorry I did not make either the wake or funeral for Jack. I didn't find out until 7:30 the night of his wake. Dick Ray called to let me know....Read More »
3 of 67 | Posted by: Don Johnston - chelsea, MA
“My sympathy to the Lennon family.
I only met Mr. Lennon one time. Although I had heard so many good things about him,from my brother, Danny.
...Read More »
4 of 67 | Posted by: John Breslin - Wakefield, MA
“So sad to think we won't be chatting on the sidewalk again.. Please know that an RN wouldn"t be part of my name ,except for you. You constantly...Read More »
5 of 67 | Posted by: Audrey Ray RN - Waltham, MA
“JESUS FIRST (CONTINUED)
There will be strength together,
lifting each other up;
Our burdens like a feather,
on the Word we will sup.
...Read More »
6 of 67 | Posted by: Richard & Alexandria Peirce - FL
From the moment I saw you,
I have and always will;
Think of you, I really do,
and hope to see you still.
Will you be...Read More »
7 of 67 | Posted by: inspired by the Holy Spirit
“Helen and the entire Lennon family...our hearts are deeply saddened by the passing of Jack. He was a wonderul grandfather to our grandchildren the...Read More »
8 of 67 | Posted by: Marge and David Mairson - Tolland, CT
“To the entire Lennon Family...my heart is heavy with the passing of Mr. Lennon (Jack). He was always so kind to me and to his grandchildren the late...Read More »
9 of 67 | Posted by: Laura Lennon - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“Dear Lennon Family, I am so sorry I was unable to pay my respects in person. I worked with John for the last 13 years through Cambridge Juvenile...Read More »
10 of 67 | Posted by: Mary Kay McIntyre - Reading, MA
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. My condolences! - Sharyn
11 of 67 | Posted by: Sharyn Cianci - Waltham, MA
“Maura, I am so sad to hear of the passing pf your Father. My sorrow goes out to your whole farmily. I have not seen your Dad since Katie died & he...Read More »
12 of 67 | Posted by: Christine Noble - Tolland, CT
“Mrs Lennon, last but not least, may the Lord surround you with his Love for surely your quiver is full with all the blessing that God in heaven above...Read More »
13 of 67 | Posted by: Richard & Alexandria Peirce - FL
“To the rest of you all a note from above. so as a man thinks in his heart, so is he, so think on these things, Faith in the word of God, Hope in him...Read More »
14 of 67 | Posted by: Alexandria & Richard Peirce - FL
“Mr. Lennon (Lenny),
I want you to know that you will always be in my HEART & SOUL, I dont know if you realize how many peoples lives you have...Read More »
15 of 67 | Posted by: Kathy Magliozzi - Arlington, MA
“Shawn, its your old friend, I'm truely sorry for your loss. friends can never take the place of your dad. I know the difference & I wish I could say...Read More »
16 of 67 | Posted by: Richard & Alexandria Peirce - FL
“My friend Mr. Lennon
You were a prince among men, and should be canonized for your actions while on earth...
We all have great memories and stories...Read More »
17 of 67 | Posted by: Willie Huber - Charleston, SC
Thinking of you. i hope you find comfort in your memories of your dad. xoxo
18 of 67 | Posted by: Kristen Ford-Hernandez - MA
“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Bea, Nathan, Andrew &...Read More »
19 of 67 | Posted by: Bea & Nathan Edmonds - Dracut, MA
“You were a great part of my life growing up going to school,we met when I was having a tough time and you took me under your wing and like alot of...Read More »
20 of 67 | Posted by: James L Pappas - Essex, MA
“After reading Rick Peirce's message to dad,
I want to say for Dad,
21 of 67 | Posted by: Maura - The Watch City, MA
With all due respect to you & your family, I miss your laugh! I remember the times we met, you always were so light hearted & a true...Read More »
22 of 67 | Posted by: Alexandria & Richard Peirce
“It was a true pleasure to have met Mr Lennon, I had heard so many wonderful things about him. I felt so comfortable in his presence. Even though his...Read More »
23 of 67 | Posted by: Richard & Alexandria Peirce
“Kerry - I am so sorry of the loss of your dad - please know that you, Kim, and your entire family are in my prayers at this difficult time. I must...Read More »
24 of 67 | Posted by: Jody Kovacek - Burlington, MA
What a sad time for all of us whose life you have so profoundly touched! My first memories of you were when you used to come to the house to...Read More »
25 of 67 | Posted by: katie darcy - arlington, MA
“Fond memories of Jack and the hours of fun we shared growing up. Jack
you were a gift from God. Happy voyage
26 of 67 | Posted by: Barbara O'Hara Segreve - SC
“I was a student at STEP in the 1970's, that program is where my trek with Mr. Lennon began. It's hard to express in words the impact that he had on...Read More »
27 of 67 | Posted by: Jeanne (Casalou) Wood - Arlington, MA
“My heartfelt condolences to the entire Lennon family. Mr. Lennon was a class act, funloving, and truly one of a kind. He will be greatly missed....Read More »
28 of 67 | Posted by: Maureen and Ted king - Belmont, MA
“Auntie Helen, Shawn, Kerry, Maura & Marty,
Sorry for the loss. Uncle Jack was a great uncle always fun to be around and full of amazing, funny...Read More »
29 of 67 | Posted by: Chris & Renee O'Connell - CA
“Jack Lennon was one of the most compassionate, considerate, kind, loving and giving men. With each memory and life story shared there is nothing...Read More »
30 of 67 | Posted by: Donna & Paul Sibley and Family - MA
“Dear Helen, Shawn, Kerry, Maura and Marty,
We are very sorry for the passing of Jack. Although it's been years the only memories that come to...Read More »
31 of 67 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA
“Kerry, I am SO sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know you and your family must be devastated right now, but may God hold you in His...Read More »
32 of 67 | Posted by: Kerri Egan - Braintree, MA
“When ever we would see each other at Stevens we would share a drink together. it was always Scotch neat or on the rocks. I will miss that, and we...Read More »
33 of 67 | Posted by: Roger R. Richer - Auburn, MA
“We are truely sorry to the entire 'Lennon Family" for losing another too soon! Amoung the many endearing qualities Jack had, he stood out as an...Read More »
34 of 67 | Posted by: Janine & Kevin Cobb - Worcester, MA
“Dear Kerry, Kim and the Lennon Family:
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. We know how close Kerry was...Read More »
35 of 67 | Posted by: Johnny, Linda and Lindsay Tevepaugh
“Steve, Devin, Cameron John, Aidan, Helen, Shawn, Kerry, Maura, Marty, DeeDee, and all the Lennon Family:
Since knowing the Lennons from the...Read More »
36 of 67 | Posted by: Dianne & Craig Benoit and Family - MA
Words will never do justice to describe how much you have mean't to Colleen, the boy's and I. A great father to all your kids, it gave me...Read More »
37 of 67 | Posted by: Steven Devin Cameron & Aidan Richer - MA
“Kerry, you are in my thoughts brother, I am here for you and your family for ANYTHING you guys need. So sorry for your great loss. Tim and Renee
38 of 67 | Posted by: Tim and Renee McGuire - Bradford, MA
“I'm sure this was already written a thousand times but John Lennon was truly a great man! I don't know where I would be today if not for him and the...Read More »
39 of 67 | Posted by: Denny Cahill - Student/friend
“Lenny has always been that good angel on my shoulder, pointing me in the right direction. I will forever be grateful for his love, guidance and...Read More »
40 of 67 | Posted by: Dora (Katsabiris) Hickey - MA
“Good bye my friend. you will be missed! I cannot begin to explain how you've affected my life! Until we meet again!
41 of 67 | Posted by: Christopher Gray - Arlington, MA
Words cannot express what an integral part of my life you have been. You have been my teacher, my mentor, my friend. If it were not for you...Read More »
42 of 67 | Posted by: Colleen Connor - Fort Lauderdale, FL
“To the Lennon Family,
Your Dad and I got to know each other really before Colleen and I did. To be honest, I am not quite remembering who...Read More »
43 of 67 | Posted by: Maryann and Joe Bonanno and Girls - MA
“We all have smiles on our faces because this School taught us about Life & Love. Mr Lennon always made us feel respected and loved ! I am so grateful...Read More »
44 of 67 | Posted by: Michelle Goodwin Norton - Hampton, NH
We are very sorry for your loss. It is a very tough loss to go through, but we all will persevere. We have you and your family in our...Read More »
45 of 67 | Posted by: Orlando Solis & Family - Miramar, FL
“Thank you for everything, John. You will be missed, they don't make teachers like you anymore!
46 of 67 | Posted by: Denise (casalou) Leary - Stoneham, MA
“Lenny, words cannot express how much you will be missed. You have made such a life changing impact on many lives, such as mine. I will hold onto the...Read More »
47 of 67 | Posted by: christine - Arlington , MA
“At a critical point in my life, when I was headed in the wrong direction, John showed up and put me on the right path I mean, he didn't take 'no'...Read More »
48 of 67 | Posted by: Joe Bottoni - Clearwater, FL
“Helen, Shawn, Kerry, Maura and Marty
Words alone cannot express my sadness in Jack's passing. We shared many a laugh in the neighborhood over the...Read More »
49 of 67 | Posted by: Jim Flynn - Waltham, MA - Friend
“Mr.Lennon always had a warm smile when he greeted you. Always remembered your name no matter how long it had been. I had the pleasure of meeting John...Read More »
50 of 67 | Posted by: susan shultz - woburn, MA
“I only knew Mr.Lennon for a few weeks, he became my favorite within seconds of meeting him :) He had an infectious smile which seemed to get bigger...Read More »
51 of 67 | Posted by: Heather LaBrie - Bedford, MA
“Dear Maura and Family,
Though I did not know your father long, I knew him long enough to know that he was such a wonderful, loving humble man...Read More »
52 of 67 | Posted by: Irene Hedlund RN Bedford VA Unit 4A - MA
“For what ever reason it didn't post what I said so let's try this again...... HERE HERE! I sit here so twisted in my emotions. My son was born on...Read More »
53 of 67 | Posted by: Daniel Lennob - Orlando , FL
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54 of 67 | Posted by: Daniel Lennon - Orlando, FL
“Words can not express the emotions we are feeling for this wonderful man who has done so much for so many. I am so so thankful for having him in my...Read More »
55 of 67 | Posted by: Debbie MacDonald - Arlington, MA
“Lenny, it was an honor to have known you. You helped me out my Freshman year at Arlington High tremendously. I will treasure our trips to Brighams...Read More »
56 of 67 | Posted by: Melissa Voto - Billerica, MA
“Mr. Lennon, You were a great man. You helped so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now. May you rest in peace.
57 of 67 | Posted by: Janet Paragona Sheehan - NH
“I had the pleasure of having Mr. Lennon as a teacher in the STEP Program and was very grateful to continue our friendship years after. Never a...Read More »
58 of 67 | Posted by: Audrey (Gould) Elliott - MA
“Love you Uncle Jack.
Thank you for bringing me home.
Your lessons will be shared.
59 of 67 | Posted by: Brian Walsh - Burlington, MA
“May you rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Forever in our thoughts. Sargent Major, ...Read More »
60 of 67 | Posted by: Dianna Hallett (Hallett Family - Joseph, Eleanor and Dianna) - MA
“Dad,Many Many years ago I gave you a Fathers Day Card that You told me summed up our relationship.We laughed together about it because it was so true...Read More »
61 of 67 | Posted by: Kerry Lennon
“Dear Aunt Helen,.Shawn, Kerry, Maura and Marty,
I am so very sorry about your dad's passing. He was such a wonderful guy, his smile and laugh just...Read More »
62 of 67 | Posted by: Jeanne Marie Carney - Marlborough, MA
“Kerry, we are so sorry for your loss. Know that you are a good son who took very good care of a wonderful man who was also a loving husband proud...Read More »
63 of 67 | Posted by: Geoff and Jennifer Wood - MA
“Dear Dad, I know that you are watching over us with the rest of our family up above. I just want you to know as I told you last week how much you are...Read More »
64 of 67 | Posted by: Shawn Lennon - Cooper City, FL
“Mr. Lennon was an amazing man. He touched many lives with his kindness and generousity. I was lucky to have stayed in touch with Lenny after high...Read More »
65 of 67 | Posted by: Kerry Broughall (Noviello) - MA
“" John was a very special guy to a lot of us kids trying to make it in the late 70's and 80's..Now that he has passed we shall celebrate his life and...Read More »
66 of 67 | Posted by: Timothy O'Meara - Somerville, MA
“" John was a good friend to a lot of us guys and girls growing up in the Arlington area..When there was a passing, John would be there for what...Read More »
67 of 67 | Posted by: Timothy O'Meara - Somerville, MA
Waltham – Mr. John P. 'Jack' Lennon, of Waltham, died Monday, July 16, 2012 in the E.N. Rogers Veteran's Administration Hospital in Bedford. He was 80.
Jack was born in Brighton on September 1, 1931, a son of the late Laurence and Mary Ellen (Cruise) Lennon. He was raised in Brighton where he graduated from Saint Columbkille High School.
Following high school he joined the United States Army where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War. After the war he went to school at Suffolk University in Boston earning a degree in education. On June 28, 1958 he married his sweetheart, Helen C. Mitchell, an Arlington native, at Saint Agnes Church in Arlington. The couple soon moved to Brockton and Jack got his first teaching job with the Rockland school system.
In 1963 he transferred to the Arlington schools where Jack taught at the high school and became the first administrator of the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The program provided flexible temporary employment to enable students to earn a salary while continuing their studies. Through the STEP program Jacked helped hundreds of students, many of whom affectionately called him 'Lenny', get a leg up on life and on a path to a brighter future. He led the Arlington program for thirty-two years before retiring in 1995.
After that Jack continued working in a similar capacity by helping kids as the truant officer for Belmont High School and at the Cambridge District Court. For over 30 years he also administered the Saturday civil service exams in Fall River.
A Waltham resident for the past forty-nine years he was a member of Saint Luke's Parish in Belmont and the General Gavin Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. He also belonged to the Arlington and the Massachusetts Teachers Associations.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, Helen, he leaves his children, John P. 'Shawn' Lennon, Jr., and his wife, Cynthia, of Cooper City, Florida, Maura J. Lennon of Roslindale, Kieran F. 'Kerry' Lennon and his wife, Kim, of Dracut and Martin E. Lennon of Waltham; his grandchildren, Daniel, Brandon, and Jared Lennon and Devin, Cameron, and Aidan Richer; his great-grandchildren, Connor and Jacob Lennon; his son-in-law Steven Richer of Millbury; his sister, Anne Lennon of Brighton and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was also the father of the late Lawrence Lennon and Colleen M. Richer; grandfather of the late Kathleen Lennon and the brother of the late Rev. Lawrence Lennon.
Family and friends will honor and remember Jack's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday July 20th, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Luke's Church, 132 Lexington Street, Belmont, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington.
The wake vigil service for Jack will be held on Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m. and will conclude with a period for memory sharing.
Memorial donations may be made to WJIB Radio, 443 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138; Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 or to Catholic TV, PO Box 9196, 34 Chestnut Street, Watertown MA 02471.