Waltham – Retired Waltham Fire Lieutenant John L. 'Lenny' Devane died Monday, September 11, 2023 in Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of New England in Woburn. He was 93.
Lenny was born in Waltham on Christmas Eve, 1929, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Surrette) Devane. A lifelong resident of the city, he joined the Waltham Fire Department on December 8, 1963 and was assigned to the Moody Street station. He spent most of his career as a lieutenant at Engine 4 on Prospect Street before retiring on March 8, 1986.
As a child of the Depression, Lenny never passed up an opportunity to keep busy. He worked for decades as a self-employed wallpaperer and later drove a truck for years for Boston Bark Company in Waltham.
Lenny’s passion for golf was well known. He was a member for almost seventy years at Wayland Country Club where he was a four-time club champion. He was also active at the Sons of Italy in Waltham and for fifty years enjoyed spending a month every year in Hollywood, Florida.
Of all things that Lenny loved, nothing meant more to him than his family. He loved his children and grandchildren and never missed their school and sporting events.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his siblings, the late Richard, Joseph, Geraldine and Margaret Devane, Dorothy Strubel, and Barbara Carnes.
He leaves his children, Jason L. Devane (Jennifer) of Marlborough, Ryan D. Devane (Michelle) of Waltham, and Cory L. Devane of Waltham; his grandchildren, Christian, Olivia, Sofie, Callahan, Finley, Alexia, Aaliyah, Lennox, and Zander; his former wife and close friend, Susan L. (Doherty) Devane, and many nieces, nephews, and their families.
Family and friends will honor and remember Lenny's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, September 14th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Waltham.