Lance S. MacDowell, of Waltham, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 8, 2021. He was 68.
Lance was born in Waltham on April 13, 1953 he was a son of the late Roy S. MacDowell, Sr. and Josephine (Serval) MacDowell both of blessed memory. He was a lifelong resident of Waltham graduating Waltham High School with the class of 1971.
He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sandra Baker MacDowell; his son Kelly MacDowell of Raleigh, North Carolina; his two granddaughters, Adelyn and Ava, brothers, Roy (Ginny) MacDowell of Sudbury, Bruce (Lynne) MacDowell of Lincoln, Brian (Ellen) MacDowell of Marlborough, Scott (Jeannine) MacDowell of Northport, Florida; in-laws, Evonne McConkey of California, Wayne Baker of Attleboro, Dale Baker (Denise) of Worcester and Terry Krebs (Lauren) of Virginia; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Lance spent his career working with his brothers Roy, Bruce and Brian doing masonry landscape construction work with The MacDowell Company. Eventually, he and his brother Brian created their own company, Stoneworks by MacDowell, continuing to work with their brothers and The MacDowell Company now owned by nephew Bruce S. MacDowell, Jr.
Lance prided himself with having a tremendous disciplined work ethic and was known as one of the finest stone masons in New England. He worked on some of the most artful stone work. Lance was held in very high regard throughout the industry. His brothers used to kid him that he was the Mayor of the Project because he loved to engage in conversation with clients and friends always with a funny story, wisdom or a quick joke. Lance regularly checking in with those he cared about. He was an important part of the MacDowell Family glue that connects us all.
Lance adored his Jack Russell terriers 'Winston' and 'LS' (named after his initials) and loved to play with them every day. Lance was a collector of 1960-70's vintage muscle cars and enjoyed taking meticulous care of them. He and Sandy loved to travel together enjoying annual trips throughout the United States and Europe, recently returning from a wonderful trip to Italy. Lance would take time to explore destinations to gain a better understanding of how others lived. In short, Lance loved life and lived it fully.
His untimely death will create a sad void in our family. May his memory always be cherished and a blessing.
Family and friends will honor and remember Lance's life by gathering for calling hours at The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, November 14th from 2 to 5 p.m.
Funeral services are private.
Memorials in his name may be made to the MSPCA-Angell Headquarters, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 or www.mspca.org